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Thinking Creatively Conference Brings Captivating Speakers to Town

UNION, N.J. – The Thinking Creatively Conference will take place on the campus of Kean University, located at 1000 Morris Avenue in Union, N.J., on Friday and Saturday, April 4 and 5. Thinking Creatively brings together the best and brightest art directors, designers and experimental, innovative thinkers, for intellectual discussions and networking. The conference reinforces what creative people do best – imagining possibilities and creating them.

The presentations and breakout sessions include national and internationally recognized professionals in the field of design, including advertising, promotional, marketing, corporate communications, pharmaceutical, publishing, interior design, typography, and areas of experimental creative thinking. Participants will hear captivating speakers, such as Moira Cullen of Coca-Cola, Richard Ting of R/GA and Richard Wilde, the guru of graphic design thinking.

The presentations, informative discussions, workshops and networking opportunities begin on Friday, April 4, at 9 a.m., with reception and registration in the University Center Atrium. The Atrium will feature the exhibitions It’s About Type and Images that Shook the World.

The afternoon provides sessions with Shashi Caan of Shashi Caan Collective, Martha Seidner of Smith Design, Tom Clark of Trio, Terri Edelman of Edelman Group, Peter Leeds of Reuters, and Kean alumnus James Montalbano of Terminal Design. A networking reception sponsored by Smith Design will end Friday’s events in Kean Hall from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, April 5, at 9 a.m., registration, breakfast and networking, sponsored by The Design Center at Kean University will commence in the UC Atrium. At 10 a.m., Louise Fili of Louise Fili Ltd will deliver the main presentation. ADCNJ will present its Faculty Forum, followed by breakout sessions in groups of approximately 50 attendees for small group presentations with Roger Whitehouse of Whitehouse & Co., Barbara Pagano of HealthEd Interactive, and illustrator and designer Margarate Cusack, in University Center conference rooms. Authors and designers Steven Heller and Mirko Ili?, and Dr. Michael Searson, Kean’s executive director of CEE&D, will give the mid-day main stage presentations at 12:10 p.m.

Lunchtime workshops feature Mike Tubbert of Delmar Cengage Learning, Alan Robbins, the Kean University Janet E. Rogers Professor of Visual and Performing Arts, and Tom McVey of CMYK Printing. Saturday afternoon features the Endnote main stage presentation by Kevin Swanepoel, president of The One Club.

Thinking Creatively is co-sponsored by Kean University as an event of the Design Center at Kean University, and the Art Directors Club of New Jersey. Both the ADCNJ, The Design Center at Kean University are nonprofit organizations. For more information and to download a brochure with registration and fee information, visit