Eric Karjaluoto


I present to groups ranging in size from 5 people to 5,000—and occasionally conduct accompanying workshops. I typically speak about branding, design, and marketing. Many of these talks relate to my books, The Design Method and Speak Human—as well as my work at smashLAB. Some titles of past presentations include:

  • Using Process to Hack Design
  • The Design Method
  • Thinking in Systems
  • Slaying Creative Myths
  • All the Things I’ve Screwed Up So Far
  • Asking Questions and Making Things
  • Visual Literacy
  • Do You Speak Human?
  • Weighing Dragons
  • You Are the Activist
  • The Inconvenient Truth About Graphic Design
  • Designing Change

Here’s video of Using Process to Hack Design at the HOW Interactive Design Conference in Washington:

And a brief snippet from Do You Speak Human at the J. Boye Conference in Denmark:

Previous engagements

2014/11: J. Boye Conference; Aarhus, Denmark
2014/10: Design Week Portland; Portland, OR
2014/09: HOW Interactive Design Conference; Washington, DC
2014/06: MoSo; Saskatoon, SK
2013/11: Practivism (GDC); Vancouver, BC
2012/10: Diseño Punto MX; Monterrey, Mexico
2011/10: Atlantic Internet Marketing Conference; Halifax, NS
2011/09: Emily Carr University Foundation Forum, Vancouver, BC
2011/05: Confab, The Content Strategy Conference; Minneapolis, MN
2011/03: Emily Carr Speaker Series; Vancouver, BC
2011/01: Boost! Conference; Whitehorse, YT
2010/10: J. Boye Conference; Aarhus, Denmark
2010/10: Social Intranet Summit; Vancouver, BC
2010/10: TMDG; Mar del Plata, Argentina
2010/06: WWU Design Graduation Keynote; Bellingham, WA
2010/05: Kwantlen University Design Graduation; Vancouver, BC
2010/05: Atlantic Internet Marketing Conference; Halifax, NS
2010/05: J. Boye Conference; Philadelphia, PA
2010/05: CITA Annual Conference; Montreal, QC
2009/11: CV Web Posse; Comox, BC
2009/11: Johnson & Johnson Speaker Series; New York, NY
2009/09: TrendCity; Vancouver, BC
2009/08: SFU Social Media Workshops; Vancouver, BC
2009/05: SEGD Conference; San Diego, CA
2008/11: Practivism (GDC); Vancouver, BC
2008/05: AIGA/SVC; Seattle, WA
2008/05: VIDFEST: Vancouver International Digital Festival; Vancouver, BC
2008/05: HOW Design Conference; Boston, MA
2008/05: RGD Social Media Panel Discussion; Toronto, ON
2008/05: RGD Ontario Conference, London, ON
2008/03: AIGA Y13: Seeds of Change; San Diego, CA
2008/03: CNC Web 2.0 Panel; Prince George, BC
2007/12: P2RX Forum; Seattle, WA
2007/05: AIGA Seattle / School of Visual Concepts; Seattle, WA
2006/06: VIDFEST: Vancouver International Digital Festival; Vancouver, BC
2005/10: New Media BC; Vancouver, BC
2005/09: SFU Panel Discussion; Vancouver, BC

Feedback from conference organizers

“Eric did it again. Wonderful lecture. He opened many eyes in Latin America.”
— Sebastian Acampante, TMDG (Argentina)

“Eric is easy to work with which is far from common among great keynote speakers. In addition, I’ve also found him to be a down-to-earth approachable guy, who actually seems to enjoy the conversations with fellow speakers and delegates. Highly recommended!”
—Janus Boye, J. Boye (Denmark)

“Eric has been a great speaker at various RGD events. His enthusiasm is infectious and the information he presents is full of keen insights and practical know-how.”
Hilary Ashworth, RGD (Canada)


For most talks, the organizing committee covers my travel, lodging, and pays an honorarium (typically my day rate based on travel time and duration of stay). If you’d like for me to speak at your event, send an email to and we can work out the details.