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Design’s Future in the Era of Trump

Join Suzanne LaBarre, Fast Company’s Design Editor, and the stellar panel regarding on how the new trade tariffs and sanctions are affecting multiple design industries. Hear from experts in manufacturing, industrial design, and architecture as they discuss their experiences and share thoughts on the future of design in the era of Trump's trade wars.

Suzanne LeBarre, Design Editor, Fast Company
Yves Béhar, CEO & Founder, fuseproject
Collin Burry, Design Director & Principal, Gensler
Primo Orpilla, Principal, Studio O+A
Laura Guido-Clark, Creative Director & Founder, LGC Design
Ted Boerner, Founder, Ted Boerner Furniture Design
Derek Chen, Founder, Council Design


October 16, 2018
6-8 pm


1401 16th Street
San Francisco


Design in the Time of Tariffs

Design is a form of creative expression, a commodity, an investment, and source of livelihood. In today's political climate, it's also an economic bargaining chip. World leaders are proposing billions of dollars of tariffs for raw materials and finished products and reevaluating trade treaties that impact the global design industry. As policymakers weigh the future of tariffs, uncertainties will endure—and the design market will respond to them, for better or worse.

Join Diana Budds, Senior Story Producer, Curbed, along with Blu Dot founder and CEO, John Christakos, and Gensler's Principal of Latin America, Antonio Caliz, both members of the Be Original Americas design advocacy group, to discuss how creatives in the design and architecture industry are evaluating their creative work and their professional practice in the time of tariffs.

Diana Budds, Senior Story Producer, Curbed
Antonio Caliz, Principal, Gensler
John Christakos, Founder and CEO, Blu Dot


October 12, 2018
1:15-2 pm


Design Week Mexico
Museo Nacional de Antropología
Mexico City