September 29, 8:30am - 10:00am CDT. Hosted at Savage Smyth
part of a series on Compassion
About the speaker
For over 17 years, Justin Ahrens has led his creative firm, Rule29, in its commitment to “Making Creative Matter®” through great design and by helping others think differently about the world around them. With a collaborative approach to both strategy and design, Rule29’s culture is just as important as the work it creates; the firm is involved in many social causes, including substantial work in Africa.
Rule29 has been recognized by major competitions and publications, including AIGA where he currently serves as a National Board Member, Communication Arts, Graphis, HOW, Print, The Webby Awards, and many more. Ahrens has been a consistent voice for the design and business community in areas around Design for Good and work/life balance, which he has spoken about at the AIGA Design Conference, Design Thinkers, Adobe Max, Brand New, and HOW, and has written about in his book, Life Kerning™: Creative Ways to Fine Tune Your Perspective on Career and Life.
AgencyEA is a full-service brand experience agency, specializing in event and experiential marketing. EA unites brands with their target audiences through live experiences, digital engagement and traditional marketing. Founded in 1999 as Event Architects, agencyEA works with esteemed clients such as Hilton Worldwide, Google, Boeing, Facebook, Intuit and the Obama Administration. Follow them on Twitter @agencyea
Savage Smyth is Chicago’s first and only event venue dedicated to fostering creative dialogue and collaboration across all disciplines. Savage Smyth offers 8,000 square feet of customizable indoor space, with an additional 8,000 square-foot roof deck, for unique programming, experiences and events. Follow them on Instagram @SavageSmyth
honeygrow is a Philly-born, fast-casual eatery serving premium made-to-order stir-fry, salads, honeybars + cold pressed juices. We’re all about thinking different about our approach, our style and our people. for us, it’s all about nourishing creativity with amazing experiences through the lens of wholesome foods. Follow them on Twitter @honeygrow
Dark Matter Coffee adheres to a philosophy where quality coffees are sourced based on traceability, innovation and social responsibility. In a world driven by technology and science, they are the gravitational resistance rooted in skill and philosophy. They are an innovative culinary family fueled by community and passion for delivering the most intellectually honest coffee you will experience. Follow them on Instagram @darkmattercoffee
Green Sheep is bottled water with a green conscience. That’s right: 16 ounces of purified water in 100% recyclable aluminum bottles. Aluminum is recycled more than twice as often as plastic and is also infinitely recyclable. Reusable bottles are always the best, but when you’re away from the tap, think beyond plastic. Follow them on Twitter @greensheepwater
Event Farm is a brand-focused and data-driven event technology platform. The product suite includes experiential and event marketing capabilities to power events and offline experiences for Fortune 1000 companies and agencies. They help to streamline attendee management throughout the entire event lifecycle with customized invitations and registration processes, mobile check-in solutions at events, and powerful reporting tools for measuring event ROI. Follow them on Twitter @eventfarm
Molly Z. is a Chicago-based Public Artist. She works with designers, architects, museums and schools creating large scale digital illustrations, hand painted murals, and collaborative art making experiences. In 2009, she illustrated the Polar Play Zone Exhibit at the Shedd Aquarium and loves turning neglecting places into Artful Spaces. Follow her on Twitter @MollyZArt