Craighton Berman is a designer, illustrator, and creative director based in Chicago. Fueled by a background in industrial design and innovation consulting, his current work focuses on visual-thinking, object-making, and storytelling—all linked by a basic desire to simply bring ideas to life.

Craighton is the founder & creative director of Manual, a design brand creating products for the interaction between people and food. Craighton has design work in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, has contributed illustration work to Dwell, Details, and Wired, was the first designer ever to use Kickstarter to launch a product, has taught a drawing workshop to Disney Imagineering, and has a YouTube video with over 3 million views.

Throughout his body of work he is interested in exploring themes of improvisation, absurdity, utility, irony, authenticity, and understatement.

Photo: ©2013 Alex Aristei for LEAP Symposium

(not including corporate workshops)

Makeshift Society; From Maker to Making-a-Brand; Brooklyn NY; during ICFF 2014

SXSW Interactive 2014; Sketchnoting: Move Your Doodles Out of the Margins
(with Eva-Lotta Lamm, Mike Rohde and Patrick Ashamalla); Austin, TX; 8 March 2014

Housewares Show 2014; Kickstart My Heart: A Motley Approach to Crowdfunding
(with Jonathon Kemnitzer of KEM Studio); Chicago, IL; March 2014

University of Cincinnati DAAP; Cincinnati, OH; Student lecture; December 2013

Kellogg School of Mgmt at Northwestern; Evanston IL; Ideation & Prototyping workshop for the Kellogg Business Design Challenge; October 2013

Apple Store North Michigan Ave; Chicago IL; Bringing Ideas to Life with IPad; March 2013

Archeworks; Chicago IL; Visual Thinking for Design; October 2012

Products of Design MFA program at School of Visual Arts
; NY, NY; Visual Thinking for Design; August 2012

General Assembly; NY, NY; Visual Thinking 101; August 2012

SketchCamp Chicago; Chicago, IL; The Language of Visual Thinking; October 2011

University of Michigan Ross School of Business; Ann Arbor, MI; Ideation Workshop for MBA Students; October 2011

Mas Context: Analog; Chicago, IL; Ideas & Collaboration; October 2011

Leading by Design Fellows Program at California College for the Arts; San Francisco, CA; Workshop & presentation on visual thinking tools; August 2011

The Lo-Fi Design Workshop; 60-person worksession for IxDA Chicago; Chicago, IL; May 2011

D+B Labs 2011; University of Michigan Ross School of Business, Ann Arbor, MI; Storytelling Workshop; March 2011

Interaction11; IxDA 2011 Conference, Boulder, CO; Experience Design Storyboarding Workshop; February 2011

ORD Camp 2011; Chicago, Il; Urban Design Workshop; January 2011

TEI 10; MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA; Storyboarding interactions workshop; January 2010

Virginia Tech School of Architecture + Design; Blacksburg, VA; Innovation workshop for 50 students; March 2009

VizThink; San Jose, CA; Presentation on collaborative experience storyboarding; Feb 2009

Designweek Monterrey; Monterrey, Mexico; Facilitated and presented an all-day innovation workshop to 200 participants; November 2008

IDSA Midwest District Conference; Kansas City, MO; Facilitated a workshop on experience storyboarding; April 2008



Guerrilla Truck Show; Exhibition during Neocon; Chicago, IL; June 2007, 2009-2011, 2013; Best-in-show 2011

Chicagoland; collaborative show within Wanted Design during NY Design Week 2013; NYC, NY; May 2013

Trophy: Awards We Live With; curated by the American Design Club during NY Design Week 2013; NYC, NY; May 2013

Rethinking Typologies: Architecture and Design from the Permanent Collection; The Art Institute of Chicago; Chicago, IL; March - July 2012

Once Removed; Collaborative exhibition curated by Jaime Kopke and Jordan Kushins for the Noho Design District during NY Design Week 2012; NYC, NY; May 2012

Fixed: An Exhibition of Repaired Objects; Exhibition curated by The Southern Design Concern for Modern Atlanta; Atlanta, GA; June 2011

USE ME; Exhibition curated by the American Design Club for ICFF 2011; NYC, NY; May 2011

Re:Design; Exhibition curated by Jennifer Scanlan of MAD; Visual Arts Center of New Jersey; Summit, NJ; Spring 2011

The Possible; Exhibition curated by The Southern Design Concern; Atlanta, GA; January 2011

YALL & US, Modern Atlanta; Exhibition & pop-up Store; Atlanta, GA; June 2010

Lift Hold Roll, Exhibiton curated by The Future Perfect for ICFF; Brooklyn, NY; May 2010

Uncomfortable Conversations, Exhibition curated by DesignGlut for ICFF; NY, NY; May 2010

Worth Your Salt, Pop-up Store; Chicago, IL; November 2009

Design Chicago 2010; University of Central Missouri; Sept - Nov 2009

MDF Retrospective; Design Within Reach; Chicago Arts District, Chicago, IL; September 2009

The Promise of This Moment; Chicago, IL; June 2009

Modern + Design + Function; Design Within Reach; Chicago, IL; May 2009

Deceptive Design; Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; October 2008 - January 2009

Handled With Care, Exhibition curated by Designboom; Designersblock Exhibition, London Design Festival, London, UK; September 2007

MDF; Design Within Reach; Chicago, IL; February 2007. Received honorable mention recognition.



Image Studies: Theory and Practice; Sunil Manghami; 2013

The Sketchnote Handbook: The Illustrated Guide to Visual Note Taking; Mike Rohde; 2013

See What I Mean: How to Use Comics to Communicate Ideas; Kevin Cheng; 2012

Sketchnotes 2011; Eva-Lotta Lamm; 2012