The Value of Design: 10 Perspectives from 10 Designers

How can design be of value to a city? In celebration of Vancouver Design Week (end), 10 designers take 10 council chairs at Vancouver City Hall to share their unique perspectives.

Moderated by Johnathon Strebly, National President of the Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC)

Whether it is designing for the public space, educating a new generation of design researchers, creating an identity for iconic facilities, or communicating to the broad public through print materials; design touches on every aspect of our civic lives.

Ten designers will fill the ten seats in City Council Chambers at Vancouver City Hall to lend their individual perspectives on how design can contribute to the city.


Steve Fisher (Founder of the Design and Content Conference and the Republic of Quality) - UX and content strategy

Carolina Becerra (Creative Director, Science World) – public education

Ali Kenyon (Architect, HCMA Design + Architecture) – laneways, public space

Jeff Deby (Translink) - wayfinding

Matthew Clark (Subplot Design Inc) - design for the Vancouver Aquarium

Parker McLean (In the Rye Creative) – accessibility

Barbara Alink (Designer/Inventor) - Disabilities Access Designer

Khelsilem - Graphic Designer, Community Organizer, Language revitalization activist

Nicole Bridger - Sustainable fashion designer

These 10 short talks will be followed by an audience Q & A.

Suitable for designers & non-designers alike. This is a free event, and everyone is welcome to attend - no RSVP necessary!

1pm (doors at 12:30) to 2:45 pm.
Council Chambers, Vancouver City Hall,
453 W 12th Ave. Vancouver BC