Bloomberg Businessweek Design Conference 2014

Josh Tyrangiel, Brian Chesky
hunters alley

The Event

Top designers and business leaders recently gathered at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco for Bloomberg Businessweek Design 2014, the magazine’s second annual design conference.

The day-long event was headlined by Hosain Rahman, Alison Pincus, Susan Feldman, Neville Brody, Elizabeth Diller, Florentijn Hofman, Bre Pettis and more. It was a truly international crowd of some of the world’s most forward-thinking design professionals spanning the disciplines of architecture, transportation, graphic design, technology, urban design, 3D printing, product manufacturing, data visualization, genetic engineering, corporate branding, and more.

The presenters discussed how great design and business can meet to overcome some of society’s most challenging problems. Perhaps the most surprising presentation was by Sha Hwang, who received a call on Christmas Eve 2013 asking him to help fix the Healthcare.gov website. He had previously been known for founding Gifpop, a Kickstarter-backed project that prints animated GIFs! Clearly, principals of design can be used to solve important problems as much as to entertain.

Mary Kate Meyerhoffer, Florentijn Hofman, Brad Wieners, James Ramsey
Josh Tyrangiel, Brian Chesky
Josh Tyrangiel, Brian Chesky
Emma Theen Larsson, Louise Armour, Lisa Tarter
Emma Theen Larsson, Louise Armour, Lisa Tarter
Ching Nola, Gadi Amit
Ching Nola, Gadi Amit
hosain rahman
Hosain Rahman
alison pincus, susan feldman


Alison Pincus, Susan Feldman
jay cross
Jay Cross
Emanuela Magnusson, Jay Cross
Emanuela Magnusson, Jay Cross
Charlot Malin, Gregory Malin
Charlot Malin, Gregory Malin
Josh Tyrangiel, Florentijn Hofman
Josh Tyrangiel, Florentijn Hofman
Kevin Tsay, Andreas Weigend
Kevin Tsay, Andreas Weigend
Sha Hwang
Sha Hwang
Florentijn Hofman
Florentijn Hofman
Neville Brody
Neville Brody
Jonathan Rewers, Tatiana Soldatova
Jonathan Rewers, Tatiana Soldatova
Samantha Rothberg, Brigid Keating
Samantha Rothberg, Brigid Keating