AIGA Speaker Series: Ken Carbone

aigaDesign: An Entrepreneur’s Loaded Dice

Start-ups are all the rage, but for every Warby Parker, GoPro or Uber success, there are thousands of “Friendster” gravestones out there. How does today’s entrepreneur balance risk and rewards? What defines a successful brand? Why is design the key to winning? 

At 25, Ken Carbone chose to “roll the dice” and start a design business in New York City. Now almost 40 years later that same entrepreneurial spirit drives the Carbone Smolan Agency, resulting in a world-class client list ranging from start-ups to legendary institutions. Ken’s highly visual presentation reveals the fundamentals: what it takes for designers and businesses to collaborate, sustain success, and have fun doing it every single day.

Join us at the Denver Art Museum to hear Carbone speak on Thursday, April 23. It’s part of the AIGA Speaker Series, and pricing is as follows: 

  • AIGA Member $15
  • AIGA Student Member $10 
  • Non-Member $30
  • Student Non-Member $20 
  • Design Council Member $15
  • At the door Member $25 
  • At the door Non-Member $40 
  • At the door Student $20
  • At the door Student Non-Member $30 
  • 25th Anniversary Poster  $25
  • Members save 50% on ticket prices online. 


Doors open at 6 p.m. for the social hour. Cash-only bar. Speaker presentation is at 7 p.m. Parking lot entrance is on 12th. Street parking is available and most meters are free after 6pm. If you purchase a Poster, it will be available when you check in. Learn more and register