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Mar 10, 2021

What Happens When You Lose Your Passion for Design?

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Moderator: Armin Vit, Co-founder of UnderConsideration in Bloomington, IN

Born and raised in Mexico City, Armin is a graphic designer and writer now living in Bloomington, IN. He is co-founder of UnderConsideration, a graphic design firm generating its own projects, initiatives, and content while taking on limited client work. Although he has written for most well-known design publications he is most recognized for his writing on the blogs that make up the UnderConsideration online network—particularly Brand New, the popular blog for opinions on corporate and brand identity work. Along with his wife and partner, Bryony Gomez-Palacio, Armin has co-authored various books for publishers and for UnderConsideration and has organized multiple design events, including the annual Brand New Conference and bi-monthly Austin Initiative for Graphic Awesomeness speaker series. Previously, Armin worked at the New York office of Pentagram and his professional experience stretches back to 1999. Since then he has become a regular speaker and juror in events and competitions around the world. When not working, he is either out for a run or washing the dishes.


Sean Carter, Founder & Design Director at Carter Hales Design Lab in Vancouver, BC

A kid graduates from a dumpster-fire design program and starts shopping his portfolio. Big design houses laugh. He considers professional cycling. But designing is so easy, and it pays mad stacks! He lives on Ichiban. Then he opens his own design shop at 22. It does okay, but he wants more, so he co-founds Hangar 18 Creative. It takes off. So does he, 16 years later, to start Carter Hales Design Lab. Meantime, he also founds The Pink Door Paper Company, an award-winning line of luxury stationery and spa products. But his Uncle Lenny tells him, “Kid, ya can’t ride two horses with one ass. Commit to something.” So he sells Pink Door to go all-in on Carter Hales, a brand-focused studio with clients in every corner of the globe and with exclusively-senior-level talent among its design team. Turns out, that was a good idea. One Show, Lüerzer’s Archive, Pentawards, Applied Arts, ADCC, and Communication Arts agree, about 300—and counting—times over.

Alison Garnett RGD, Principal & Creative Director at Field Trip & Co in Toronto, ON
I am a Toronto-based creative director with over 20 years of global and national design, advertising and digital experience. Through the course of my award-winning career, my work has spanned various industries including automotive, retail, consumer-packaged goods, professional services, telecommunications and not-for-profit.

A graduate of both Sheridan College (New Media) and OCAD (Fine Arts, Drawing and Painting), I was most recently a creative director at SapientRazorfish (formerly SapientNitro) where I worked with top tier brands including Chrysler, Porter Airlines, Loblaws and Cadillac Fairview. My personal mantra is "don't worry, everything will be amazing.” And my clients agree.

I launched the Toronto-based creative studio, Field Trip & Co in 2017. Our team works collaboratively with clients to build out compelling brand stories and crafted design, across multiple disciplines and platforms. We are firm believers in the transformational power of design to help businesses and organizations alike grow to their fullest potential.

Mikey Richardson RGD, Partner & Creative Director at Jacknife Design in Toronto, ON

Shortly before graduating from the Ontario College of Art (now OCAD University) in 1996, Mikey became a founding partner in AmoebaCorp. Over a 17 year period he and partner Mike Kelar built the Toronto based studio into one of Canada’s most prolific design firms. In 2013 Mikey co-founded Jacknife, joining AmoebaCorp with Oxygen Design and Apparatus Inc. In addition to his role as Co-Creative Director at Jacknife, Mikey works as a design and illustration educator. He has been an instructor at OCAD University since 2003. Past courses include 4th Year Illustration Thesis, Illustration Concept, Pictorial Design, Illustration, Guerrilla Entrepreneurism, Graphic Design and Introduction to Art Direction. He enjoys public speaking and has had the honour of doing so at events for organizations including The FITC Design & Technology Festival, Communitech, RGD Ontario, The Schulich School of Business at York University, OCAD University, Ryerson University, Humber College and The Bell Globemedia Interactive Project Lab.