From the way that we dress, to the homes that we live in, and in countless daily interactions, design plays an important yet often invisible role in how we experience our lives.  Bend Design Conference (BND DSGN) invites the community to celebrate and explore how we make design matter.

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The first Bend Design 2015 conference, presented by ScaleHouse, is coming to Bend, October 14-15, 2015 to feature workshops, lectures, tours, and hands-on design opportunities that invite participants to engage in a conversation around the shape of our shared future.

Drawing inspiration from multidisciplinary design thinkers in Bend and across the country, Bend Design 2015 will include presentations that range from web user experience design, to interior design, and graphic design to those who apply design principles to defy boundaries and solve problems in the midst of crisis.

Some of the headlining speakers include:

Carla Delgado – A native Texan, Carla is a graphic designer at Pentagram Austin. Her work is primarily focused around editorial design, a passion she found while working as a page designer for a small-town newspaper. Her work has been featured in Communication Arts, Graphis, Print and the Society of Publication Designers Awards Annual.

Chris Dewan – For two decades, Chris has used design to connect people with places, objects, stories, and each other. With a focus on visual communication, he has led a broad range of award-winning traditional and non-traditional interactive media projects. Currently the Design Director at Second Story, Chris oversees the practice of visual, interaction, and motion design across Second Story’s studios.

Desi Matel-Anderson is the Chief Wrangler of the non-profit Field Innovation Team (FIT), and CEO of the Global Disaster Innovation Group, LLC.  Desi is the first and former Chief Innovation Advisor at FEMA and Think Tank Strategic Vision Coordinator. During her tenure at FEMA, she led the first innovation team down to Hurricane Sandy to provide real-time problem solving in disaster response and recovery, and ran think tanks nation-wide to cultivate innovation in community.

Sam Stubblefield – By encouraging abstract thinking and play within deep-practice teams, Sam has created art, architecture, and situations for organizations like Amazon, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, Lady Bug House, Madison Square Garden, Microsoft Research, Sears Tower Visitor Center, and the London 2012 Summer Olympics.

Kassin Laverty – As Founder and Executive Director, Kassin Laverty is responsible for Interior Design Fair (IDF) vision, strategy, and leadership. Under her direction, IDF creates innovative residential interiors and brings company brands to life in 3D.

The inaugural BND DSGN event begins on Wednesday October 14th at the Tower Theater and concludes Thursday with a day of workshops, tours, films, at the Oxford Hotel and various locations on Thursday, October 15th. Tickets are $125 for both days with a student ticket available for $75.

Check out the BND DSGN CON website for additional speaker information, registration and event details.