Updates

J Cornelius (Video) — Prototypes, Process & Play 2015
March 8, 2016

J Cornelius, President at Nine Labs in Atlanta, presented at the 2015 Prototypes, Process & Play conference and shares his thoughts on how to help us become better designers when we worry less about the visual outcomes.

We hope you enjoy J’s presentation, “Redesign Our Design Thinking” and don’t forget to get your tickets for Prototypes, Process & Play on August 11th and 12th!

Danny Schuman (Video) — Prototypes, Process & Play 2015
February 24, 2016

Danny Schuman is another local Chicago treasure—he’s been doing work with many of the brands you’ve known and loved all of your life and like Dr. Steve Julius, he’s also spent a number of years working with Michael Jordan! Danny is not a designer, yet he’s managed to successfully work with great ones over the years and shares some of his best tips for working with them.

We hope you enjoy Danny’s presentation, “5 Tips for Designers from a Terrible Designer” and don’t forget to get your tickets for Prototypes, Process & Play on August 11th and 12th!

Jason Kunesh (Video) — Prototypes, Process & Play 2015
February 22, 2016

Jason Kunesh is a local Chicago treasure—he’s worked with all kinds of great companies and for a president of the United States of America and now works for a purpose-driven start-up where he’s got a team of great folks (with no design department) who are trying to change the world, a little nudge at a time.

We hope you enjoy Jason’s presentation, “How to be a Designer CEO without Being a Jerk” and don’t forget to get your tickets for Prototypes, Process & Play on August 11th and 12th!

Hannah Donovan (Video) — Prototypes, Process & Play 2015
February 18, 2016

Hannah has done a number of outstandingly cool projects, from Last.fm to This is My Jam and clearly has found her path through music. She’s also found out, the hard way, what it’s like to deal with burnout, and has some great lessons to share with you.

We hope you enjoy Hannah’s presentation, “Sometimes You Need to Draw Animals” and don’t forget to get your tickets for Prototypes, Process & Play on August 11th and 12th!

Jen Myers (Video) — Prototypes, Process & Play 2015
February 16, 2016

Jen Myers is a Chicago-area technologist and writer, and a local hero to us at Chicago Camps. She’s a leader and a role model and she’s brought us wonderful things like Code and Cupcakes where she teaches mothers and daughters how to code and serves cupcakes, too. She’s a champion for diversity in the tech community and she also really likes otters.

We hope you enjoy Jen’s presentation, “Cartoon Creativity: What I Learned from Chuck Jones” and don’t forget to get your tickets for Prototypes, Process & Play on August 11th and 12th!

Bridget Weis-Urbain (Video) — Prototypes, Process & Play 2015
February 14, 2016

Bridget Weis-Urban is a Chicago-area chef and owner of Cook from Scratch where she offers cooking classes that help people cook up great creations in their home kitchens using realistic, reusable ingredients. She follows the cooking principle that is far better to learn how to use a handful of fairly standard ingredients to create a variety of dishes than to learn how to cook one really fancy, complex dish from ingredients that you may not be able to easily find recipes for.

We hope you enjoy Bridget’s presentation, “Cooking by Design” where she talks about simplicity in cooking. The cooking process, like any design process, can start with fundamentals, and often some of the best results stem from focusing on the basics first!

Don’t forget to get your tickets for Prototypes, Process & Play on August 11th and 12th!

Denise Jacobs (Video) — Prototypes, Process & Play 2015
February 8, 2016

Denise Jacobs, founder and chief creativity evangelist at The Creative Dose, presented at the 2015 Prototypes, Process & Play conference and shares her four directives that help us keep our creative flame burning strong!

We hope you enjoy Denise’s presentation, “Creativity Imperative” and don’t forget to get your tickets for Prototypes, Process & Play on August 11th and 12th, 2016!

Dr. Temple Grandin Keynote (Video) — Prototypes, Process & Play 2015
January 25, 2016

In August 2015, we were very fortunate to have Dr. Temple Grandin join us for the inaugural Prototypes, Process & Play. Dr. Grandin shared a fascinating presentation about her past, her abilities as a visual thinker, and her approach to thinking through design solutions.

We hope you enjoy this keynote as much as we did!

Christian Manzella
February 17, 2015

Russ Unger of Chicago Camps interviews Christian Manzella, a Speaker Mentor for Speaker Camp Seattle on February 28th. Christian is the VP of UX at Moz, an SEO software company in Seattle, and also the founder of GIANT, which holds multiple events each year.

2015 Schedule of Events
February 8, 2015

We are very excited to announce or 2015 schedule of events!

We’re bringing back our most popular camp, introducing 2 new ones, while also keeping open dates for workshops (and if you have a workshop you’re interested in attending, please contact us!). In addition, we’re also launching a full conference!

Chicago Sponsors Camps

  • Rosenfeld Media
  • Simplecast
  • Columbia College Chciago
  • MOMENT Design

Code of Conduct

All delegates, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at any Chicago Camps, LLC event are required to agree with the following code of conduct. Organizers will enforce this code throughout the event.

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Be respectful of other people; respectfully ask people to stop if you are bothered; and if you can’t resolve an issue contact the organizers. If you are being a problem, it will be apparent and you’ll be asked to leave.