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Practivism* is about envisioning and mobilizing a better future. Join us for an evening on practivist opportunities in a data driven world. Connect with others. Create change.

*Practivism = practical methods for radical sustainability in design

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GDC members & students $25
Non-members $45

Friday, November 20, 2015
7pm – 10pm at The Ironworks
235 Alexander St, Vancouver

Doors at 7pm. Speakers at 7:30pm. Cash bar.

Death, Drugs and Disasters

Practivism* is about envisioning and taking action to design a better future. Join us on November 20 to explore the social cultural and environmental values of design.

*Practivism = practical methods for radical sustainability in design

The Society of Graphic Designers Canada, BC Chapter has invited Michael Ellsworth, founder of Seattle design firm Civilization, to share his insights on how to unify the social, cultural and environmental value of your work and show real-life examples of how graphic design can become a catalyst for change.

A panel discussion will follow featuring notable Vancouverites: TBD


Doors open
Panel Discussion
Closing Remarks


Michael Ellsworth

As a founder of Civilization, a design firm rooted in social change, Michael has built over a decade of breakthrough work for a diverse group of clients ranging from The Nature Conservancy, Frye Art Museum to the World Economic Forum, as well as self-initiated projects, such as Death Over Dinner, design podcast Beyond This Point, and the ongoing free Seattle Design Lecture Series.

Michael Ellsworth

Moderated by Steve Fisher

Steve is the Founder and Experience Architect at The Republic of Quality. He leads the charge on coordinating research, strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy.

Steve has over 18 years experience in research, business strategy, experience strategy, visual and interaction design, and content strategy for the web. During this time he has worked both as a freelance designer and served as Director of User Experience in various agency and studio settings.

Steve is a professional member of the Graphic Designer’s Society of Canada and served as the national VP of web for three years. Beyond his extensive client-based work, he has taught numerous college courses on CSS, Web standards, UX, and creativity.

Steve Fisher

Panel Discussion


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