Cusp Conference

Cusp Conference is an annual gathering of thinkers, innovators, creators, visionaries and explorers from the arts, sciences, technology, business and design.

Cusp Conference

The program is eclectic by design, intended to provoke cross-pollination of ideas and generate new thinking, in 25 or more presentations over two days.

A conference "about the design of everything"[1] created and hosted by design firm Multiple Inc.[2] (formerly smbolic)[3] and held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Theater in Chicago,[4] Cusp is centered on the idea that virtually everything that exists has been designed - by humans, by nature or by some other force.

Cusp Conference presenters have touched on topics as diverse as landscape waste, contemporary dance, electric vehicles, democracy, social media,[5] education,[6] intellectual property law, medicine,[7] virtual worlds, typography, green architecture, evolutionary biology,[8] smell and taste and serious games.


Launched in 2008, Cusp Conference presenters and performers have included Adam Curry, Yves Behar,[9] Andy Bichlbaum,[6] Baba Brinkman,[10] Molly Crabapple,[11] Matthew Diffee,[12] Josh Elder, Hartmut Esslinger, iJustine,[5] Richard Farson, Mayor John Fetterman,[6] Douglas Gayeton,[5] Kirsty Hawkshaw,[5] Dr. Alan Hirsch, Dr. Carl Hodges,[13] Dr. Ayanna Howard,[5] Michelle Kaufmann,[10] Robert F Kennedy Jr.,[1] Rita J. King,[14] Camille and Kennerly Kitt,[15] Neo-Futurists, Dr Paul Polak,[1] Wendell Potter, Daniel Bernard Roumain, Smoking Popes,[16] and Richard Saul Wurman.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Cusp Conference 2008: The Design of Everything". Gapers Block. 17 September 2008. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  2. ^ "multiple inc".
  3. ^ "smbolic".
  4. ^ Jackson, Derrell (2010-09-27). "Herman Miller Sponsors CUSP Conference in Chicago". Herman Miller. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  5. ^ a b c d e Justine Ezarik (2008-09-12). "Cusp Conference". iJustine. Archived from the original on 2010-11-24. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  6. ^ a b c d "Cusp Conference 2010 Recap". Pitch Design Union. 2010-09-28. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  7. ^ Jacquie Wallace (2010-11-10). "Riding the Cusp: Highlights from Chicago's Coolest Design Conference". All Beef Media. Archived from the original on 2011-07-07. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  8. ^ Leon Fitzpatrick (2010-09-26). "CUSP Conference: Don't Waste Your Thing". Evil Monito article. Archived from the original on 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  9. ^ "Design, Creativity on display at Cusp Conference". Chicago Tribune. 2011-09-29. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  10. ^ a b "It's a Swamp Thing". Metropolis Magazine. 2010-09-29. Archived from the original on 2010-10-11. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  11. ^ Cusp Presenter Crabapple
  12. ^ Cusp Presenter Diffee
  13. ^ "Cusp Conference". Design Taxi. 2008-09-11. Retrieved 2011-02-17.
  14. ^ "Cusp Conference 2011". Design Applause. 2011-07-21. Retrieved 2011-10-12.
  15. ^ Cusp 2011 Special Guests Cusp Website. Retrieved on 2011-12-18.
  16. ^ "Cusp Conference 2008". AIGA Chicago. 2008-07-24. Archived from the original on 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2011-02-17.

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