In 2014, Percolate Design set-up the event series DesignTalk. A casual evening of presentations and drinks that delivers actionable insights for all. Past speakers include acclaimed makers, educators and entrepreneurs from Squarespace, Etsy, Ghostly International, Of a Kind, Hyper Island and Betaworks.

Today, I am excited to announce on Wednesday July 8th we will host our first event for San Francisco’s design and technology community—Percolate DesignTalk Presents: Building from Scratch.



Building from Scratch 
It begins with an itch to solve a problem. What follows is a journey of bringing something new into the world. A service, product, installation, publication, conference, team, company. These things don’t exist before you set out to build them. As creators you realize new ideas often without formal structure, boundaries or infrastructure to support you. These are the things you figure out and make happen along the way. Let’s hear about how our speakers have been building from scratch.


PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.


Chas Edwards – Califiorna Sunday
Chas is co-founder at California Sunday, a new independent media company based in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles. Before California Sunday, Chas was the Head of Publisher Development at Luminate.

Dom Goodrum – Percolate
Dom is the Design Director at Percolate, The System of Record for Marketing. At Percolate he builds the practices, relationships and environments designers need to do their best work. Previously, Dom was an Art Director at the Barbarian Group.

Courtney Klein – Storq
Courtney is the CEO at Storq, a company empowering moms-to-be with maternity essentials that are equal parts practical, accessible and stylish. Before Storq, Courtney was a partner at Hard Candy Shell, a digital product agency in New York.

Ed Aten – Merchbar
Ed Aten is the Founder & CEO of Merchbar, a place for music fans to discover and buy band merchandise. Prior to Merchbar, Edward founded, a social music service used by artists including The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest.

Mark Junkunc – Uber
Mark is a Lead Designer at Uber. He’s passionate about helping communities though the influence of brand impression and corporate citizenship. His mission at Uber is to use design to shift Uber’s brand perception in both the public and in political views.

Sara Menefee – Zendesk
Sara is a Digital Product Designer at Zendesk. She’s an avid problem solver who is passionate about designing elegantly simple interfaces to delight users across screens of all shapes and sizes.

True to Percolate form, there will be drinks, music, and great company. We’d love you to join us for this special evening – RSVP here.

You can catch up on our previous events here:
April 2014 – DesignTalk Presents Partners in Crime
September 2014 – DesignTalk Presents Learning to Hurdle
March 2015 – DesignTalk Presents Space to Play