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Design Speakers


Inspired by the world around them—from nature to tech, to fine art and big data—our speakers believe in the power of design. They are deeply passionate about making everything we touch beautiful and functional, and—above all—life-changing.

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Nicholas Thompson

Editor-in-Chief of Wired | Former Editor of NewYorker.com

 The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. And no one’s more equipped to tell it than Nicholas Thompson. A veteran editor, he revolutionized The New Yorker’s online platform and transformed the magazine. 
Welby Altidor

Executive Creative Director, formerly with Cirque du Soleil

As Executive Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil, Welby Altidor was responsible for groundbreaking live events at one of the world’s most creative companies. His leadership there taught him that creativity isn’t reserved to a happy few, but the result of intentional practice.
Neri Oxman

MIT Professor at the Crossroads of Art, Science, and Technology

Neri Oxman combines breakthroughs in materials science (such as 3D printing) with design principles found in nature. Imagine a skyscraper made with concrete that can breathe and grow and “think,” or a...

John Maeda

Global Head, Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, educator, and investor whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked...

Tom Wujec

World Renowned Expert on Innovation | Chief Disruptor at Autodesk | Author of The Future of Making

New disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To veteran innovator Tom Wujec—Autodesk’s ‘Chief Disruptor—this revolution isn’t intim...

Anab Jain

Innovation Speaker, Founder & Director of Superflux

Designer, entrepreneur, TED Fellow, futurescaper: Anab Jain wears many hats, and brings them all together at her multidisciplinary design studio, Superflux. Based in London and India, Superflux is bot...