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Workflows, style libraries, client feedback — design is about so much more than design, especially when you're working with a team. If you're someone who operates at the intersection of leadership and design, check out the Leading Design conference. After three years in London, Leading Design added a US-based event this year with its conference in New York.




Conference Rundown:


Design leaders from companies such as Adobe, Facebook, Lyft, Pinterest and Netflix.


Two days of talks focused on the overlap of design and leadership, workshops, and parties.


June 19 & 20th, 2019


Williamsburg Hotel in New York


To help shape the future of design culture


Speaker Spotlight: 

Khoi Vinh

Khoi Vinh – Principal Designer at Adobe

Khoi Vinh is Principal Designer at Adobe, leading the company’s Design Practices group. 


Leading Design Out of Obscurity

Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

9:30 - 10:15 am

Session Description: Design is more highly valued than ever, but in many ways it’s still considered a “junior” discipline to its peers. Why is that? And what can be done to remedy this situation?


In this talk, Adobe Principal Designer Khoi Vinh argues that design has built a rarefied culture and obscure language that, though initially useful, has inadvertently limited what the profession is capable of.


This talk is a rallying cry to design leaders to undertake the hard work of democratizing and demystifying our craft to the world at large, in order that design can fulfill its potential at this critical moment in human history.


Why Every Designer Should Listen to Khoi:

  • Khoi has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company today. At #17 on the list, Khoi’s contributions to the app design community are recognized, including the easy-to-use voice design features in Adobe XD. Khoi is quoted saying, “It’s important for [designers] to be as creative as possible with voice from the beginning.”  
  • Previously, Khoi was design director for The New York Times
  • He writes a widely read personal blog on design and technology at


Watch a previous keynote on design from Khoi here:

Things We (Don't) Talk About When We Talk About Design




More on the Leading Design Conference: 

Want to see if Leading Design is the right conference for you?


Check out these previous sessions:

Scaling Design

Stuart Frisby, Director of Design,



Women in Leadership

Janice Fraser, Senior Vice President, Bionic






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Gretchen Schaffer, VP at Remix Communications, has helped develop and execute creative strategies for industry-leading companies including Adobe, Microsoft, SAP, and Sony. Gretchen kicked off her public relations and marketing career at Waggener Edstrom (WE). There, she quickly worked her way up to managing global PR teams for Microsoft. The world of marketing and media relations has since evolved, and Gretchen has been on the front line of that change. She has carved out an expertise in executive speaking and thought leadership, public relations and content marketing. At Remix Communications, Gretchen melds deep industry insight with a talent for finding creative and effective ways to help clients tell their unique stories.


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