2024 speakers in a glance

Vlasta Kubušová is a material designer and co-founder of crafting plastics! studio (cp!s)—an award-winning, multidisciplinary material design studio that revolutionizes the properties, aesthetics, and values of biobased materials. The studio has received many international prizes, including Diploma Selection (2016) and Slovak National Design Award, and their projects have been presented at renowned institutions such as Victoria & Albert Museum London, London Design Museum, and more.
Vlasta comes to Eastern to showcase the newest pathways in the world of bio materials in design.
WEDZICKA (Martyna Wędzicka-Obuchowicz) is a graphic designer, lecturer, and speaker specializing primarily in the design of visual identities, covers, books, catalogues, and posters. She explores the topic of chance and human error through experimentation with graphic elements, photos, and typography. Martyna was nominated and awarded in the "Fresh Blood" category in the Project of the Year 2018/2019 competition, won the Polish Graphic Design Awards in 2019 and 2021, and recently became a member of AGI.
Martyna comes to Eastern to talk about how mistakes and coincidences can help in creating globally recognizable visuals.
spiilka
ukraine
Studio Spiilka from Kyiv is led by a design director duo who have been partners for over a decade. They specialize in visual identities, packaging, UX/UI, and large digital platforms, blending Vova's engineering and UX skills with Nastichka's aesthetic approach. With 125+ global projects, they have won many awards including Red Dot and Cannes Lions. Recent projects include the Diia app, Future Perfect, Army+, Mriya, and Ukraine’s first design magazine "Archive of Ukrainian Design" along with a podcast dedicated to the same topic.
Nastichka and Volodymyr come to Eastern to show how designers, in collaboration with the government, can move the country forward.
Kristina Bartošová is a Slovak graphic designer and art director, based in NYC. Whether it's brand identities or editorial design, her work is characterised by bold, often bespoke typography. Always based on research and deliberate conceptualization, her process sees her working towards powerful, seemingly effortless visual outcomes. She is also the co-creative director of Gossamer magazine, a bi-annual culture & lifestyle print publication, and currently works at Base design.
Kristina comes to Eastern to give you her blueprint for making it in New York's design scene.
This tremendous duo located in Warsaw, Poland, is known for their expertise in creating animated and design-centric projects. Their portfolio contains collaborations with renowned companies such as BBC, Netflix, WWF, Facebook, Samsung, and Big Think etc. They are commercially represented by Strange Beast. Their exceptional work has garnered recognition at prestigious events like D&AD, UK MVA, and KTR, as well as numerous film festivals globally.
Kijek/Adamski come to Eastern to showcase the magical craft of animation that uplifts many of their world-known projects.
džumelec
slovakia
After a year’s break, we cannot fail to return to the most colourful tradition of our conference. Phantom of the Eastern Design Conference, performer, winner of the Oskar Čepan Award, musician, teacher, artist, parent, artist, Džumelec. Erik Sikora is an exceptional artist based in Košice, whose work crosses the boundaries of genres and creates unique content directly connected to the local context.
Erik comes to Eastern to present an unorthodox approach to creating visual and non-visual content that brings joy even from the mundane banalities of every day.
Advertising creator, film producer and civic activist. He has been in advertising for over 20 years, currently serving as the creative director of the agency Slovak & Friends, which highlights socially responsible projects. Róbert is a member of the Art Directors Club Slovakia and Art Directors Club Europe. He is a member of the board of the Club of Advertising Agencies of Slovakia and the Arbitration Commission of the Advertising Council. He co-founded Ľudia z marketingu (the People from Marketing) association and Chuť žiť (the Taste of Life project). He has already won nearly a hundred Slovak and international awards for advertising and communication.
Robert comes to Eastern to talk about how advertising doesn't have to be just about selling a product.
Slovakia
Crafting Plastics!
Vlasta Kubušová is a material designer and co-founder of crafting plastics! studio (cp!s)—an award-winning, multidisciplinary material design studio that revolutionizes the properties, aesthetics, and values of biobased materials. The studio has received many international prizes, including Diploma Selection (2016) and Slovak National Design Award, and their projects have been presented at renowned institutions such as Victoria & Albert Museum London, London Design Museum, and more.
Vlasta comes to Eastern to showcase the newest pathways in the world of biomaterials in design.
poland
Martyna Wędzicka-Obuchowicz
WEDZICKA (Martyna Wędzicka-Obuchowicz) is a graphic designer, lecturer, and speaker specializing primarily in the design of visual identities, covers, books, catalogues, and posters. She explores the topic of chance and human error through experimentation with graphic elements, photos, and typography. Martyna was nominated and awarded in the "Fresh Blood" category in the Project of the Year 2018/2019 competition, won the Polish Graphic Design Awards in 2019 and 2021, and recently became a member of AGI.
Martyna comes to Eastern to talk about how mistakes and coincidences can help in creating globally recognizable visuals.
ukraine
Spiilka
Studio Spiilka from Kyiv is led by a design director duo who have been partners for over a decade. They specialize in visual identities, packaging, UX/UI, and large digital platforms, blending Vova's engineering and UX skills with Nastichka's aesthetic approach. With 125+ global projects, they have won many awards including Red Dot and Cannes Lions. Recent projects include the Diia app, Future Perfect, Army+, Mriya, and Ukraine’s first design magazine "Archive of Ukrainian Design" along with a podcast dedicated to the same topic.
Nastichka and Volodymyr come to Eastern to show how designers, in collaboration with the government, can move the country forward.
slovakia
kristina bartošová
Kristina Bartošová is a Slovak graphic designer and art director, based in NYC. Whether it's brand identities or editorial design, her work is characterised by bold, often bespoke typography. Always based on research and deliberate conceptualization, her process sees her working towards powerful, seemingly effortless visual outcomes. She is also the co-creative director of Gossamer magazine, a bi-annual culture & lifestyle print publication, and currently works at Base design.
Kristina comes to Eastern to give you her blueprint for making it in New York's design scene.
poland
kijek/adamski
This tremendous duo located in Warsaw, Poland, is known for their expertise in creating animated and design-centric projects. Their portfolio contains collaborations with renowned companies such as BBC, Netflix, WWF, Facebook, Samsung, and Big Think etc. They are commercially represented by Strange Beast. Their exceptional work has garnered recognition at prestigious events like D&AD, UK MVA, and KTR, as well as numerous film festivals globally.
Kijek/Adamski come to Eastern to showcase the magical craft of animation that uplifts many of their world-known projects.
slovakia
džumelec
After a year’s break, we cannot fail to return to the most colourful tradition of our conference. Phantom of the Eastern Design Conference, performer, winner of the Oskar Čepan Award, musician, teacher, artist, parent, artist, Džumelec. Erik Sikora is an exceptional artist based in Košice, whose work crosses the boundaries of genres and creates unique content directly connected to the local context.
Erik comes to Eastern to present an unorthodox approach to creating visual and non-visual content that brings joy even from the mundane banalities of every day.
slovakia
róbert slovák
Advertising creator, film producer and civic activist. He has been in advertising for over 20 years, currently serving as the creative director of the agency Slovak & Friends, which highlights socially responsible projects. Róbert is a member of the Art Directors Club Slovakia and Art Directors Club Europe. He is a member of the board of the Club of Advertising Agencies of Slovakia and the Arbitration Commission of the Advertising Council. He co-founded Ľudia z marketingu (the People from Marketing) association and Chuť žiť (the Taste of Life project). He has already won nearly a hundred Slovak and international awards for advertising and communication.
Robert comes to Eastern to talk about how advertising doesn't have to be just about selling a product.
More speakers to be announced
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Vegetarian & vegan lunches both days
All day coffee and snacks
Feel-at-home atmosphere
2 days
of curated line-up featuring renowned speakers
Two afterparties
Accessible, safe and inclusive conference venue near the city center

2 days

of curated line-up featuring renowned speakers

Vegetarian & vegan lunches both days

All day coffee and snacks

Accessible, safe and inclusive conference venue near the city center

Simultaneous translation

Feel-at-home atmosphere

Two afterparties

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