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Nov 05, 2020

In Conversation with Eddie Opara and Chris Lehmann

Paddy Harrington RGD

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About Eddie Opara

Eddie began his career as a designer at ATG and Imaginary Forces and worked as Art Director at 2x4 before establishing his own studio, The Map Office, in 2005. He joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in 2010. Eddie’s work has included the design of brand identity, publications, packaging, environments, exhibitions, interactive installations, websites, user interfaces and software, with many of his projects ranging across multiple media. His clients have included Lululemon athletics, re-inc, OPPO, Samsung, SFMOMA, Smithsonian Design Museum, St. Regis Hotels, the Corcoran Group, Morgan Stanley, UCLA, Harry N. Abrams and Princeton Architectural Press. His work is in the permanent collection of the MoMA and has appeared in publications such as Wired, Fast Company and Creative Review. Eddie is a senior critic at Yale University and has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, the Columbia University School of Architecture and University of the Arts, Philadelphia. He recently authored a book, Color Works, published by Rockport. He was named one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012 and 2014, and was featured on Ebony Magazine’s Power 100 list.

About Chris Lehmann

Chris Lehmann is editor at large of The Baffler and editor of The New Republic. Like so many Baffler hands, he is a refugee from the academy, earning an M.A. in history from the University of Rochester at the height of the critical theory boom, which made it all too plain that his future lay elsewhere. Picking up his journalism career where he left it in the Bay Area, he became associate editor of Tikkun, and from there caromed around the country and the magazine-publishing world in a largely futile quest for self-respecting wordsmithing work that would not be cannibalized by equity fund investors.

Paddy Harrington RGD


Paddy is a design innovator and storyteller who helps organizations discover and express their core purpose and long-term ambition. He is the founder of Frontier, a Design Office that collaborates with clients and creates strategic stories. He is also a member of WXO, a global network of experience leaders and practitioners who shape the future of human experience.

With nearly 20 years of experience in the design field and degrees in literature and architecture, Paddy has worked with diverse and influential clients, such as PepsiCo, Unilever, the Sacramento Kings, and the Holy City of Mecca. He is design strategist, an award-winning writer and filmmaker, and a frequent speaker at design conferences and universities. He is passionate about creating strategic stories that inspire, guide, and empower businesses, people, and the planet to thrive.