Keynote Speakers


Bonnie Siegler Eight and a Half, Creative Director & Founder

Session title: Work, life, and politics Session description: A review of Bonnie's career, through the lens of work, life and politics.

Speaker Bio: Bonnie Siegler is the Founder and Creative Director of Eight and a Half, a multi-disciplinary design studio, which works in all media to make things make sense strategically, visually and editorially with intelligence and a sense of humor. She has been named one of the 50 most influential designers working today by Graphic Design USA and was a featured designer in the Art Director’s Club Legacy Project. Recent clients include HBO, The New Yorker, Late Night with Seth Meyers, Will & Grace, Brooklyn Public Library. the Climate Museum and the Criterion Collection. She is also the author of two books: Signs of Resistance, A Visual History of Protest in America and Dear Client, This Book Will Teach You How to Get What You Want From Creative People.

See Bonnie Siegler’s Work 8point5.com Instagram: @bonnie8point5


De Nichols Civic Creatives, Principal of Design & Social Practice

Session title: Catalysts by Design Session description: With a whirlwind of socio-political and cultural challenges emerging across the world, design is being used to address, disrupt, highlight, and respond to injustices and inequities in bolder ways than ever before. In this talk, designer and social entrepreneur, De Nichols, will share how she has used her creative journey to mobilize people across the world for social good, leaving students core tips and a collective call-to-action to ignite the catalysts within themselves and their journeys.

Speaker Bio: Through a multidisciplinary creative practice, De Nichols mobilizes global changemakers to activate ideas that address civic and social challenges within their communities. Based in St. Louis, MO, De Nichols serves as the Social Impact Design Principal of Civic Creatives, a design strategy agency that develops interactive experiences, tools, and initiatives to help communities engage issues of civic disengagement, youth development, social inclusion, food access and security, and arts & cultural policy. Nichols is an alum of the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts and Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specialized in communication design, social entrepreneurship, and socio-economic development. Learn more at denichols.co.

See De Nichols’ Work denichols.co Instagram: @de_nichols Twitter: @de_nichols