February 18th 2019, Alfred R. Goldstein Library
12:00pm to 1:00pm - Keynote Speaker
1:00pm to 4:00pm - INSIGHT Tables
See the complete list of table hosts, company information, and artist bios HERE!
Bring your resume, business cards, and portfolio or demo. Or come do a sweep through and get intrigued by what you may see and hear. Just don't miss it!
Monday, February 17th
11:30 am to 12:15 pm
ALFRED GOLDSTEIN LIBRARY - ROOM 113
When it comes to the design industry, President of SLD Jean-Pierre Lacroix is always one step ahead in the branding and design game. A visionary design thinker, author and speaker, JP maintains an unwavering focus on the latest and emerging trends. Driven to produce measurable results through strategic insights, he is committed to helping brands own the consumers’ “at-purchase moment.”
JP’s past industry involvement as a board member with the Packaging Association of Canada, Design Industry Advisory Committee, Retail Council of Canada, the Canadian Marketing Association, Signs Canada, the Society for Environmental Graphic Design, and the Association of Registered Graphic Designers of Ontario has enabled him to assist clients in identifying the leading packaging, retail and digital trends that affect their branding initiatives.
Since opening the Shikatani Lacroix Design doors more than 25 years ago, JP has grown this company into one of the most respected and sought after multidisciplinary strategic design agencies in the world. Along the way, he has developed a reputation as a true innovator and first-rate problem-solver, with expertise in providing clients with unique, results-driven solutions for their product and service needs.
JP is an accomplished author, having published a number of books including Desire by Design, The Belonging Experience and Think: The Future of Retail Banking. He is a sought-after speaker, presenting all over the world at events and conferences about the power of design thinking, strategic foresight and the latest in brand strategy.
Tuesday, February 18th
12:00pm to 1:00 pm
ALFRED GOLDSTEIN LIBRARY - ROOM 113
Karen Hallion is originally from Nahant, Massachusetts, located just north of Boston. She is a 1997 graduate of Ringling School of Art and Design and holds a BFA in Illustration. Karen taught elementary school Art until 2009 when she transitioned to working full-time as a freelance artist.
Karen’s clients include Marvel, LucasFilm, Cartoon Network, DreamWorks Studios, Cryptozoic, TOPPS, Her Universe, Disney, Patrick Rothfuss, Chronicle Books, Hank Green, as well as Disney Imagineering. She has created variant covers for Titan Comics as well as IDW, and was a featured artist in the 2015 ImagineFX The Art of Film - Star Wars. In 2015, Karen designed the “Wizard School” card game created by DFTBA Games and Hank Green, which raised more than $450,000 via Kickstarter. She also raised more than $70,000 in Kickstarter in 2017 to fund the creation of her original character, Celara, via a 13-month calendar. In 2018, she was a contributing artist for the book Star Wars: Women of the Galaxy by Amy Ratcliffe. In 2019, she illustrated the exclusive covers for the Star Wars Celebration edition of Star Wars Insider Magazine. She has been a guest panelist throughout numerous years for Threadless, Nerd for A Living, and Tee Fury as well as a special guest panelist with John Green at the 2016 NerdCon to record the podcast ‘Dear Hank and John’. She was also a featured artist at the 2015, 2016 and 2019 Star Wars Celebration Art Shows and a 2017 guest at VidCon, NerdCon and Awesome Con.
Karen is currently working on writing and illustrating her first children's book entitled "Never, Never Quit." She currently lives in Swampscott, Massachusetts with her two sons and her partner, Brandon.