Craighton Berman is a designer, illustrator, and creator based in Chicago. He draws few distinctions between creative disciplines, but tends to work on projects that involve a mix of visual-thinking, story-telling, and object-making.

Craighton's eponymous studio combines drawing and design-thinking to yield a distinctive style of illustration. Craighton is the founder & creative director of Manual, a brand that makes designed objects for food & drink. Additionally he is an adjunct professor at University of Illinois at Chicago currently teaching "Entrepreneurial Product Development"; he has design work in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago; he was the first designer ever to use Kickstarter to launch a product; he taught a drawing workshop to Disney Imagineering; and he has a YouTube video with over 5 million views.


Photo: ©2014 E. Jason Wambsgans / Chicago Tribune



SELECTED CLIENT LIST

Microsoft, MoMA, Google, Dwell, Details, TEDx, Oxford University Press, FSG, Pearson, HP, Ebay, Steelcase, and Knoll.



SELECTED LECTURES & WORKSHOPS
(not including corporate workshops)

Kellogg School of Mgmt at Northwestern; Evanston IL; Kickstarter Workshop; May 2015

LakeFX 2015; "Maker to Market" panel; conference put on by City of Chicago; April 2015

Housewares Show 2015; Designers + Makers: Lessons from the Field; Chicago, IL; March 2015

RGD: Future By Design; The Future of Making; webcast panel for RGD (The Candian AIGA); Feb 2015

Kellogg School of Mgmt at Northwestern; Evanston IL; Ideation & Prototyping workshop for the Kellogg Business Design Challenge; October 2014

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; 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


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SELECTED EXHIBITIONS

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.


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PUBLICATION CONTRIBUTIONS

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
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