Workshops and Lectures

The GFDA Workshop:

The Art of Risk-Taking

An Uncomfortable Workshop with Unquestionable Results

  • Method: In-Person Only
  • Length: Half-day, full-day, and 2-day options
  • People: 20 participant minimum, no max
  • Lead: 4–6 week lead time required
  • Swag: Discounted bulk merchandise available upon request.

AoRT is a non-skill based workshop where participants from any professional background will learn to solve unpredictable problems with panache. We encourage our clients to include multiple teams, and team members from a wide variety of roles.

Workshop Outcomes:

The distillation of internal culture and a clearer sense of identity as a team, organization, and brand.

Breaking down barriers between departments through sharing risk and reward.

People coming out of their shells and engaging large groups on their own terms.

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The GFDA Lecture:

Solicited Advice

Answering all the questions you never asked.

  • Method: In-person or virtual
  • Length: 45–60 minutes approx + 15–30 min. optional Q&A
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Solicited Advice is the story of how we took a text based website, built on a whim, to an internationally recognized brand, a successful online business, and a book deal with Harper Collins.

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Select Clients:

2021
Practice Makes, Virtual

2020
HOWDesign Live, Virtual
RGD Ontario, Toronto, Canada
Four Corners Motorcycle Rally, Durango, CO

2019
Church & Dwight Co. Inc., Ewing, NJ
Young Architect Conference, Portland, OR
Nelly Duff, London, United Kingdom

2018
Adobe Systems Inc, San Francisco, CA
New Balance Athletics, Inc., Boston, MA
5W Public Relations, New York, New York
99U Conference 2018, New York, New York
BraveZone, Mölndal, Sweden
Trivago, Düsseldorf, Germany

2017
99U Conference 2017, New York, New York
Mellor&Smith, London, United Kingdom
OFFF Barcelona 2017, Barcelona, Spain
Right to the Future, Palermo, Italy
LOFT, Naxxar, Malta
Wall-to-Wall Studios, Pittsburgh, PA

2016
Nike NA Retail Brand Summit, Beaverton, OR
Nike EKIN-Pacer Division, Portland, OR
Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff, AZ
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
St. Louis Design Week, AIGA STL, St. Louis, MO
Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, IL
What If the Conference 2016, Cancun, Mexico

2015
Northeastern University, Boston, MA
99U Social Innovation Week, New York City, NY
Boston University, AIGA Boston, Boston, MA
St. Louis Design Week, AIGA STL, St. Louis, MO
AAF Central Minnesota, St. Cloud, MN
Hyperakt Lunch Talk, Brooklyn NY
What If the Conference 2015, Cancun, Mexico

2014
Lamar University, Beaumont TX
World Usability Day, Cleveland OH
UHeart Digital Media Conference, Toledo OH
AIGA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
What If the Conference, Phoenix, AZ
Hike Conference, Chicago, IL
UX Akron Meetup, Akron, OH

2013
Escula de Comunicación Mónica Herrera, El Salvador
AIGA Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
Design Exchange Boston, Boston, MA
AIGA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA
AIGA Richmond, Richmond, VA
The Half and Half, Columbia, SC
AIGA New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
AIGA Phoenix, Phoenix, AZ
UC Berkeley Innovation Design, Berkeley, CA
AIGA Seattle, Seattle, WA
AIGA Nebraska, Omaha, NE
Belly Card, Inc, Chicago, IL
What If the Conference, Bali Indonesia
What If the Conference, Dominican Republic
Title Case w/ Jessica Hische, San Francisco, CA
AIGA Central PA, York, PA
AIGA Iowa, DesMoines, IA
AIGA Blue Ridge, Frederick, MD
AIGA Vermont, Burlington, VT
Corcoran College of Art + Design, Washington, DC
AIGA Triad NC, Winston Salem, NC
AIGA Nashville, Nashville, TN
Houston Design Week, AIGA Houston, Houston, TX
UP Global, Seattle, WA
AIGA Colorado, Denver, CO
AIGA Kansas City, Kansas, MO
AIGA Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, OH
Kent State University, Kent, OH

2012
University of Central Oklahoma, Oklahoma, OK
Shawnee State University, Portsmouth, OH
SND Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Thought @ Work Conference RIT, Rochester, NY

2011
AIGA Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, OK

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