One of our favorite event series at Percolate is DesignTalk. We’re proud of how, in just two years, this event has spread to two coasts (watch out Austin, Miami, and London) and has brought together amazing designers in all different phases of their careers. It continues to inspire us in our work and in the work of all those who have participated.

That’s why, once again, we are proud to announce that we’ll be hosting our fifth DesignTalk event on Wednesday, November 18 at 7pm at the Bowery Electric in New York City, where we’ll explore how designers use research to inform, enhance, and define their creative processes.

DesignTalk: Research or Bust

Event Theme:

Research is the tool we use to develop a vision for our work. Our practices aren’t shaped overnight; they are being defined by every project we build. Next Wednesday, we will talk about how research is essential to the creative process — from holding conversations with our muses to hunting down the inspirational gems the internet has to offer to seeking wisdom on the possibilities of new technologies. At DesignTalk, our line up of brilliant speakers will explore how they’ve been using research to enhance their creative work.

Event Format:

The presentations will follow the PechaKucha 20×20 format— a simple, energetic format where speakers show 20 images, each slide advancing automatically after 20 seconds. It’s an interesting and entertaining way to see stories unfold.

Meet the Speakers:

Nitzan Hermon, VVVVVV

Nitzan runs VVVVVV, a technology & design practice whose clients include Wallpaper, MoMA, and The Ace Hotel. He is a member of the first ever museum-led incubator, New INC, in partnership with the New Museum.

Hannah Donovan, Drip

Hannah leads Product Design at Drip, a new music and culture platform that gives you access to the artists and collectives you love. Before Drip, Hannah was a co-founder of This Is My Jam, and lead design at

Rachel Gogel, New York Times

Rachel is a Creative Director at The New York Times. Working in the T Brand Studio she leads a team creating branded content and ad products for clients. Before joining the Times, Rachel was the Design Director at GQ Magazine.

Andrew Zolty, Breakfast

Andrew is the Chief Creative Officer at Breakfast, a rapid product and prototype company that develops intellectual property. Most recently they worked with Forever 21 to build Thread Screen, an image display powered by 6,400 mechanical thread spools.

Kate Oppenheim, M ss ng P eces

Kate is the Executive Producer at M ss ng P eces, a production and entertainment company inspired by storytelling, technology and the limitless potential of the web. Before M ss ng P eces, Kate was a Senior Content Manager at Ogilvy.

Anthony Agrios, Percolate

Anthony is a Product Designer at Percolate, where he is helping to build the System of Record for Marketing. Before Percolate, Anthony worked on customer experiences as a UX designer at MakerBot, the company creating 3D Printers for all.

True to Percolate form, there will be drinks, music, and great company. We hope to see you there: RSVP here.