Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author and teacher. As the Co-Founder and Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, his work is renowned for its balance of substance and style.
Under his design ethos to unify, simplify, amplify, Ken collaborates with a world- class clientele including W Hotels, Morgan Stanley, Christie's, Tiffany & Co., Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group, and Canon U.S.A., as well as celebrated institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and the Musée du Louvre.
Ken is the author of The Virtuoso: Face to Face with 40 Extraordinary Talents, published by Stewart Tabori & Chang and recently co-authored "Dialog": What Makes a Great Design Partnership, which celebrates his 35-year collaboration with business partner Leslie Smolan. Ken frequently speaks to audiences across the country about the value of strategic design and communications in the corporate, consumer and cultural sectors, and has lectured at both business schools and art colleges. Ken is a professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and is a featured blogger for Fast Company magazine as well as Huffington Post.
A member of the prestigious Alliance Graphique International (AGI) and the AIGA, he most recently received the 2014 AIGA Medal, which recognizes individuals for their exceptional achievements, services or other contributions to the field of design and visual communication. Ken is also an accomplished guitarist and says he might give it all up one day to play with Amanda Palmer.
Join us at The Main Event. Our chance to reconnect with alumni, engage in stimulating conversation, award scholarships, and be inspired by this year's distinguished guest speaker Ken Carbone.