Contact Information Marc English Design
16201 FM 150 West
Driftwood, Texas 78619
Telephone 512.217.9468 Google Map Close Box

English Speaking

Marc has been lecturing from coast to coast, and beyond, for more than a decade. Venues have included the ivory towers of academia of all sorts (non-smoking), conferences, museums, night clubs (totally smoking), auditoriums, as well as photo and design studios. His lectures have earned critical acclaim ("The rock star personality but with lots of actually important stuff to say," "He's the closest thing we have in [design] to Johnny Cash") to such a degree that he has been invited time and again to speak to audiences of repeat attendees, adjusting his talks to cover areas such as process, perspective, or identity and it's role in business.

Unvarnished, humorous, with a penchent for revealing "what's behind the green curtain" of the real world of design, English's talks have run anywhere from the run-of-the-mill 45 minutes to the more usual epic 2-3 hours, including his favorite part, the much-anticipated Q&A. Interested in having Marc come in for your next international summit or sweet 16 party? Then call: 512.441.7215, and ask for the Department of Hype.

Austin 06.24-27.09

Atlanta 06.10-17.07
HOW Design Conference. Hilton | 500 East 4th Street

Frontiers Are Where You Find Them

Back by popular demand, Marc will be speaking on his home turf:

"There's a huge difference between discovering a new world and taking a wrong turn and finding something unexpected, but both experiences lead to frontiers. And frontiers - and the experiences we encounter when we cross them - have a profound effect on our way of thinking.

In this session, Marc English will show you how curiosity and discovery are at the root of creativity and successful visual communication. You'll learn how to embrace experiences and discoveries you weren't expecting, how to share what you have discovered, and how to define your frontiers, whether they are in your own backyard or across time and space."
More info.

Auburn, Alabama | 03.05.09

Auburn University
Discovery: Frontiers Are Where You Find Them

Marc will be mapping out his latest presentation, with help from students at Auburn.

Austin 05.29.08

Pecha Kucha Night | One Congress Plaza

The Pecha Kucha virus has spread to the Third Coast. Begun in Tokyo in 2003, Pecha Kucha Night (pecha kucha is a Japanese phrase meaning chit-chat) is a controlled creative convergence of designers, architects and other designers and artists.

Presenters are invited to show their work in a very tight format – 20 slides, 20 seconds per slide. And then the next presenter is up. It's like speed dating, but more fun. An evening will feature 10 or so presenters in an informal environment, watched by an energetic and imbibing crowd. Austin is joining a host of cities to celebrate, support and enjoy the work of local designers and creatives.

Klein Dytham Architecture started Pecha Kucha Night in Tokyo in 2003. It has since spread to over 120 cities worldwide, including several in the US – LA, San Francisco, Seattle, Miami, New York, and Austin.
Staying true to its Tokyo roots, the Austin edition will be grounded in architecture and design, while featuring other creative disciplines as well. We’ll include graphic art, fine art, electronic media, photography, and, of course, music (this is Austin, after all) – anything that can be represented in a series of slides over the course of 6 minutes and 40 seconds will be in play.

Arthur Andersson, architect
Andy Coolquitt, artist
Marc English, designer
Randal Ford, photographer
Erik Grostic, musician
Camille Urban Jobe, architect
Mark Macek, product designer
Wura-Natasha Ogunji, artist
Chris Taylor, architect/educator
Liliana Wilson, artist
David and Nathan Zellner, filmmakers

Austin 05.29.08

SEGD Annual Conference | Interplay
Interplay: Collaboration, Synergy, and Delight!
featuring Marc English, Liz Lambert, Terri Ducay, Mark Rolston & Adam Greenfield

There's no better place than Austin to talk about how collaboration, synergy, and design can lead to delight. And no better person than our moderator and host Marc English, a hypercreative graphic designer, filmmaker, writer, teacher, and "renaissance cowpoke-cum-illustrator" whose studio is based in Austin. He is designing unique introductions to:

Austin resident, and innovator, urban boutique hotelier Liz Lambert, creator of the Hotel San Jose and Jo's Hot Coffee, two landmarks in Austin's vibrant South Congress district. How does a former attorney become an influential design muse? By creatively looking at new at run-down funky Austin. Liz has changed the face of South Congress by seeing potential in the down-on-its-luck Spanish Colonial-style tourist court, and turning it into a chic urban hotel and an absolute must see. Her latest projects are a rock n' roll-themed hotel on a Victorian estate outside Austin and a kibbutz in the desert near the hotbed of artistic activity in Marfa, Texas.

Terri Ducay, a leader in the search to find common ground between technology, entertainment, and design. Ducay, former head of design strategy for Cheskin, currently focuses her work on using cultural design to meet the needs of emerging and Bottom of the Pyramid markets.

Mark Rolston, chief creative officer of frog design and a founder of its digital media group. Rolston directs his firm's creative efforts for clients such as Hewlett-Packard, Nextel, Yahoo, Disney, Dell, and others. He's been responsible for groundbreaking new media design work and user interface, including utility applications for the Compaq Presario.

Adam Greenfield, writer, teacher, and consultant on design, technology, and cultural issues. A former military psychological operations specialist, Greenfield is now head of design direction for Nokia and teaches Urban Computing at New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program. He is author of the book Everyware: The Dawning Age of Ubiquitous Computing.

Chattanooga Fall 08

AIGA Chattanooga | Last time thru Chattanooga for English was a white-knuckle drive at midnight, in the pouring rain, with his daughter when they moved from Boston to Austin. This time, the white-knuckles will be the audience as they hold on to their collective seats and go for a ride.

Monterrey 4.29.08

UDEM - The Universidad de Monterrey | Dia del Disenador Grafico

Baltimore 04.18.08

AIGA Baltimore | Student Portfolio Review Day
keynote speaker

San Marcos 04.11.08

AIGA /Texas State University Chapter
Seventeen years after first stopping in San Marcos for a bite to eat while making his first in-road to Austin (something about the name of the town intrigued him), ten years after last teaching at Texas State, English is back to explain the Way of the Design Shaman, and what has transpired in those missing years.

Asheville 1.15-17.07

Appleton Coated Papers | Advisory Council | Asheville, North Carolina
NIce visit to the Biltmore, George Vanderbilt's gargantuan estate. 45 bathrooms on the premises testify to the ways of the robber barons of the day.For more on Appleton Papers and their Utopia and Curious lines.

Oklahoma City 10.07

Oklahoma State University | 20 Words
AIGA Oklahoma |The Oklahoman Auditorium | The Way of the Design Shaman

The Way of the Design Shaman:
The Ecstatic Experience in the Creative Process

Eight years after his last stop in Oklahoma City, two years after his last drive through the Territories, English is back in the heart of Okle Homa (peopel, red). Last time here he discussed case studies from his book, Designing Identity. This time, it's all about the process he has developed since he opened his studio in 1993.
More info.

Atlanta 06.10-17.07

HOW Design Conference. Hyatt Regency | Peachtree Street

The Way of the Design Shaman:
The Ecstatic Experience in the Creative Process
(Or, It's Not a Job, It's a Calling)

"Marc, The conference has grown (we had more than 4,000 people this year in Vegas), and I think your message about living a truly creative and fulfilled life and loving the work that you do would really connect with the HOW audience. As far as the topic goes, I just think your philosophy about seeking work you love - and finding love in your work - will really connect with people... will be really inspiring. - Bryn" More info.

Lessons From The Sessions
Posted by Megan.
The main problem with an event as jam-packed as the HOW Conference is that you only have time to see a fraction of the speakers. But I must have picked well. Every session I went to was interesting, enlightening, hilarious or some combination of the three. Here are a few small lessons I picked up along the way.

Karen Salmansohn: If you don't ask for something, you're not likely to get it. It really doesn't hurt to ask.

Chip Kidd: Even the best designers face rejection and creative block. (Plus, he was shoot-milk-out-your-nose funny!)

Sharon Werner: Sometimes it takes a while for a client to come around to your original good idea. Paying attention to the other products your packaging will live near can help you make your work stand out. Go to the store. Take surepptitious photos.

Marc English: Authenticity is the way to make a brand really resonate with people. The only way to be a great designer is to be utterly yourself, no matter what anyone else thinks.

William Lidwell: If you can grab people at a subconscious level, you can influence them in powerful ways.

Danny Gregory: To really see the world, you have to draw it. You don't have to be particularly good it at, you just have to make the effort.

Matteo Bologna and Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich: You can use 15 typefaces in one project and still get stunningly gorgeous, elegant results. (Plus, these guys could go on tour with their comedy routine. They riffed off each other with knee-slapping results.)

Sheila Campbell: When you work too much and stay plugged in all the time, you're not only robbing yourself of energy, you're cheating your employer and/or your clients of your most creative thinking.

San Francisco 05.23-27.07

The Academy of Art University's School of Graphic Design announces its five student scholarship winners from its annual Spring Show and portfolio review.

This year's Spring Show, held on May 24th, drew more than 1,400 attendees.

"Each year we are honored by the number of industry professionals and community members that come to see the work of our students.

That kind of attention is very telling about the level of work that these students are producing - people look forward to seeing it every year," says Mary Scott, Chair, School of Graphic Design.

Each year, the School of Graphic Design recruits design experts from all over the country to judge the scholarship awards.

This year's judges were Marc English (show chair), Marc English Design, Austin, Texas; Jim Mousner, Origin Design, Houston, Texas; Marc Woollard, IDEO, San Francisco, California; Ray Ueno, Ardent Sage, Seattle, Washington; and Michael Hodgson, Ph.D, Santa Monica, California.

The juried competition was Jim Mousner's introduction to Spring Show, "This is my first time here and I'm just blown away.

The level of talent that local design firms have available to them is luxurious."

Tulsa 04.04-05.07

juror, | Art Directors Club of Tulsa

St Louis 03.15-17.07

juror, St. Louis Design Show | AIGA

Jury: Marc English, Marc English Design, Austin; Debbie Millman, The Sterling Group, NYC; Michael Osborne, Michael Osborne Design, San Francisco.

Seattle 03.01-04.05

juror, The Show | AIGA

Appleton 1.17-20.07

Appleton Coated Papers | Advisory Council | Appleton, Wisconsin
For more on Appleton Papers and their Utopia and Curious lines.

Austin 10.19.06

University of Texas | School of Journalism
photography & function

Lafayette 10.13.06

Acadiana Advertising Federation | Joe's Eat Place | Friday the 13th
Good Mojo & Bad Luck: Another Step on the Continuing Path of the Way of the Design Shaman

Las Vegas 07.29.06AIGA Las Vegas Work Show Gala 2006 | Master of Ceremonies | The Empire Ballroom
Nashville 07.18.06Juror, UCDA
Birmingham 05.18.06Southern Progress Auditorium | AIGA | The Way of the Design Shaman. More info.
Atlanta 02.24.06Portfolio Center | 20 Words - 10 Words
Palm Springs 01.15-17.06Appleton Coated Papers | Advisory Council
Denver 11.02.05Oxford Hotel Theatre | AIGA | The Aesthetic Education of (a) Man. The Abyss, Benchmarks, Summits & a Perspective on Living Design. Down From the Mountaintop: Marc English & His Further Adventures Along the Way of the Design Shaman.
Arkansas 09.05Dickson Street Theatre | Northwest Arkansas Art Directors Club | The Aesthetic Education of (a) Man. The Abyss, Benchmarks, Summits & a Perspective on Living Design. The Return of Marc English & His Further Adventures Along the Way of the Design Shaman.
Boston 09.14-18.05AIGA National Conference | Breakfast with Milton Glaser, Massimo Vignelli, Steven Heller . . . and Marc English?
Atlanta 11.04.05The Way of the Design Shaman | Two Shows Only! | Portfolio Center: Non-Smoking | Manuel's Tavern: Totally Smoking
Nashville 04.22.05The Rhinestone Age | AIGA | The Hair of the Dog
San Marcos 03.05Juror, The Creative Summit.
Atlanta 11.04Juror, The SEED Show | AIGA

Memphis 10.28-29.04

PUSH Design Conference. Keynote speaker.
Nick Law | R/GA
Matt Fraction | MK12
MIcheal Boychuk | WongDoody

Seattle 06.04
Chicago 05.04
Omaha 03.04Metropolitan Community College | AIGA | Omaha Fight Club: The Wolves of Texas. Marc "Lone Wolf" English vs DJ "Grey Wolf" Stout

Honolulu 02.12.04

Univertisty of Hawai'i | AIGA | The Way of the Design Shaman.

a brief guide
to the way
of the
design shaman

The basic principles of memory, understanding your tools, intimidation of enemies, spatial understanding, sensory awareness, out of body experiences - as in your vision quest of attending this lecture, -understanding the relationship between spirit and inspiration, understanding experience, the isolation and extreme privation of working alone: these are a few of the ways of the design shaman.

Cincinnati 02.04
Tulsa 01.04
Las Vegas 12.03"Mr. Lucky"
Pittsburgh 12.07-08.03
Tucson 10.03Get Back: Full Circle Tour. University of Arizona.
Phoenix 10.03Get Back: Full Circle Tour. First Studio.
Tijuana 10.3-5.03Esquina Norte. Read article from Communication Arts.
Arkansas 09.03R.I.P.: The Man in Black
San Francisco 07.19-23.03Juror, Communication Arts Design Annual
Austin 03.03
Philadelphia 11.02Tasty Kakes.
Lake Geneva 10.31-11.2.02Juror, Step Inside Design Annual. At the glorious Wisconsin hotel designed by Frank Lloyd Wright
Des Moines 10.02Drake University | Old Main | AIGA Iowa |Beauty. Utility. Fertilizing minds, growing ideas.
Atlanta 09.02
Omaha 04.26.02Omaha Federation of Advertising 9th District Conference. "Much like Cleopatra being carried to her throne, Marc English's entrance was something to behold." For more info.
Waco 04.02Baylor University: Bursting the Baylor Bubble
St. Augustine 4.5-7.02Flagler University | AIGA | RE: Charge. Keynote speaker. 2-day conference designed to reenergize and inspire. More.
Lubbock 01.02
Abilene 01.02
Honolulu 11.01
Tijuana 10.3-5.01
Austin 09.11.01
Atlanta 05.17.01
Charlotte 05.10.01
San Diego 02.14-15.01
Santa Fe 01.01
Santa Fe 12.9.00
Tulsa 10.19.00Philbrook Museum of Art | Art Directors Club of Tulsa
New Orleans 06.16.00ProMax | BGA Conference Using Your Mojo for Good Instead of Evil: The Way of the Design Shaman (Ecstatic Experience in Today's World)
Boston 04.00
Miami 04.13-15.00AIGA | New World School of the Arts
Wichita 04.07-08.00
Washington, D.C. 01.20.00Carnegie Insitute of Washington | AIGA | Omnia Vincit Amor
Minneapolis 11.06-11.09.99Minnesota Design Show | AIGA The 21st annual celebration of design excellence from the AIGA Minnesota chapter features more than 100 entries from 40 organizations. The entries on exhibit were chosen by a panel of judges that included Marc English of Marc English Design, Texas; Kathy Schanno of The Retail Group, Washington; Sarah Spurr, Washington University, Missouri and Jack Summerford of Summerford Design, Texas
Baltimore 11.15.99Center Stage/Head Theatre | AIGA | Aqui Lloran Los Valientes - El camino del shaman diseno: Una experienca de extasis.
Austin 10.27.99
Omaha 10.12.99
Las Vegas 09.28-10.1.99
Kansas City 09.22.99
Waco 09.17.99

Guatemala City 07.12-18.99

Conferencia ReDiseno | Instituto Guatemalteco Americano | Universidad Rafeal Landivar

1 | The Way of the Design Shaman: the Ecstatic Experience in the Creative Process
2 | A Means to an End: Identity & Graphic Design as a Business Strategy

Jacksonville 4.9-10.99
Houston 3.30.99
Lincoln, Nebraska 12.04-05.98Lincoln Advertising Federation
Louisville 11.20-21.98
Oklahoma City 10.5.98
Orange County 5.15.98
Omaha 4.29.98
Marion, Massachusetts 4.98Tabor Academy