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Since our inception in 2003, we have been deeply committed to excellent criticism and journalism in an online environment. We have a receptive and engaged international audience that extends far beyond graphic design enthusiasts.

On February 21, 2015, Design Observer will host the first design-centered event of its kind: a free one-day symposium that explores “What Design Sounds Like.” Held in New York City, wdsl will feature speakers from across the United States and Europe, who will all present their talks without the aid of visual materials, relying entirely on the spoken word to illustrate their ideas. From live interviews to musical performances, dynamic discussions to spirited debate, we will explore together what design sounds like. 

What Design Sounds Like will welcome 500 members of Design Observer’s diverse readership. Not charging a registration fee will allow for the largest possible reach of people who are excited about the intersection of design and sound.

What Design Sounds Like will be held at the SVA Theatre, which is located in the cultural center of New York’s artistically vibrant Chelsea neighborhood. Featuring two theaters, an elegant lobby, and a green room designed by Milton Glaser, the SVA Theatre hosts both intimate and extravagant events. The Theatre has been home to red carpet Hollywood premieres, awards shows, film festivals, conferences, and theatrical presentations.