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David keynotes Sep 18, International PLAIN Conference, Dublin Castle

David keynotes September 18 at Earth’s largest event on clarity, the 10th International PLAIN Conference in Dublin, Ireland. More about PLAIN 2015 conference 2015 .


David keynotes Aug 8 at Ontario govt. innovation showcase

An image of a robotic hand  grabbing another robotic hand.David keynotes August 8 about the unique opportunity and responsibility for Ontario’s accessibility community at the Government of Ontario’s Parapan event, the Accessibility Innovation Showcase, Toronto, August 8-10, 2015. More on Accessibility Innovation Showcase.

AODA / Web accessibility next course: October 2, 2015 | join from anywhere!

Our AODA tour on The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0 for people with disabilities continues in Ottawa October 2, 2015: all welcome for full-day or half-day. Our courses completely cover the new standards (updated for Acrobat DC, Office 2016, and InDesign CS6) … and how to achieve them in HTML, PDF, Word, InDesign, PowerPoint, and mobile apps …learn David’s secrets to meet the deadlines, expand your audience, improve your SEO …and do the right thing. Register for October 2 in Ottawa (or bring us on-site if you prefer). Made possible by our hosts and sponsors, including RGD Ontario. More about this course

The most frequent visitor to your website has disabilities

Logo of Kanban SolutionsWe’re enjoying cooperating with Kanban’s Manhattan office to create award-winning solutions for brands we both love. Kanban invited David to guest blog: we decided to discuss the win-win relationship between accessibility and search engine optimization. Read the post

David a member of prestigious White Pencil Award jury

white pencil awardD&AD White Pencil Jury

Following on the heels of speaking at Funka Accessibility Days, in Stockholm, Sweden, David will be at the D&AD Awards, London, UK, April 19-23, 2015 as a member of the jury for Creativity for Good.

In harmony with his book, “Do Good Design” this award is given for creative thinking that demonstrates the power to affect real and positive change in the world.

Accessibility Webinars

David presents at free webinars on where to start to get the benefits of making your online sites and documents accessible for all… without tradeoffs.

January 14 2015: “Solving Web Accessibility: Leaving No One Behind” Host: 3Play Media More

January 15 2015: “Spotlight on Digital Accessibility for Your Marketing Campaign” Host: Canadian Marketing Association More


David speaks at RGD Web Design Accessibility Conference

Image of RGD Web Design Accessibility ConferenceDavid speaks about the unique opportunity and responsibility for Ontario’s design community: “Designed in Ontario: leaving no one behind online” at Web Design Accessibility Conference 2014 in Toronto, Ontario, October 8, 2014. More on Web Design Accessibility Conference.

Berman in Stockholm, Sweden for Funka Accessibility Days 2015

Funka Accessibility Days 2015
On April 14th, 2015 David Berman is speaking at Funka Accessibility Days, northern Europe’s largest conference on accessible ICT. Taking place in Stockholm, Sweden, at the Elite Hotel Marina Tower David is speaking about designing for extreme users without trade-offs.

AODA / Web accessibility next course: June 29 2015 | join from anywhere!

The course on The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0 for people with disabilities, held June 29, 2015 at OCAD University, welcomed participants from all over the province through remote participation. Materials completely covered the new standards (updated for Acrobat DC, Office 2016, and InDesign CS6) … and how to achieve them in HTML, PDF, Word, InDesign, PowerPoint, and even mobile apps. Attendees, onsite and by webinar learned David’s secrets to meet the deadlines, expand audience, improve SEO …and do the right thing. Register for the next event October 2, in Ottawa, Ontario (or bring us on-site to your location, if you prefer) to learn yourself how to design accessibly without trade-offs.  More about this course

Berman Accessibility Ribbon tool announced at U of T TechKnowFile in honour of GAAD May 21st

The University of Toronto, while presenting its annual 2 day Information Technology conference on May 5th & 6th, 2015 hosted David Berman who spoke as part of a special AODA Discussion Panel at TechKnowFile (#TKF15) where he spoke on accessibility without trade-offs and announced the new Berman Accessibility Ribbon for Word in celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) May 21st.

CBC interview: July 25

Logo of CBCDavid was interviewed by Hallie Cotnam on CBC Radio’s morning show on July 25, 2013 regarding “Accessible web sites” and the federal and provincial government deadlines for them. When we design for the extremes, everyone benefits.

Listen to the interview on CBC’s web site

Berman headed to Malaysia for Do Good Design tour

Do Good Design Bahasa Malaysia edition book coverDavid headed to Malaysia on August 30, 2013 (with stops in Istanbul and Shanghai) for a string of events: Do Good speeches in Kuala Lumpur and Penang’s USM, the launch of the Code of Professional Conduct for designers in Malaysia and the book launch of the Bahasa Malaysia edition of Do Good Design! There’s pre-coverage featured in Cutout magazine.  Thank you wREGA!and  thank you Dr. Nurul!.

Ethics In Graphic Design blog: “Take The Pledge”

Photograph of girl scouts taking the three finger pledge.Eileen MacAvery Kane writes on her Ethics in graphic deisgn blog “Take the Pledge” about the recently released new edition of David’s book “Do Good Design.” Along with its release he has asked graphic designers around the world to take the pledge and:

1. Be true to their profession

2. Be true to themselves

3. Use 10% of their professional time to create a better place

“There’s a potential for 8 million hours of time from designers that can be devoted to doing good,” says Berman and he has already received over 112,540 hours in pledges. Read the entire post … or her entire blog: it rocks!

Do Good Design Q&A with Mohawk Paper

Logo for MohawkDo Good Design 2013 edition book coverIn celebration of the launch of the 2013 edition of Do Good Design, printed on 100% post-consumer paper with vegetable inks, we’re sharing with you the interview conducted by Mohawk Papers’ Allyson Van Houten regarding how we used their paper and advise to create a highly sustainable printed product. Full interview with David Berman on Do Good at the Felt & Wire blog.

2013 English edition of Do Good Design released April 2013

Do Good Design 2013 edition book coverThe new edition of Do Good Design launched Earth Day 2013 on April 22. Updated content, better printing, 100% postconsumer papers, and a few fixes… :) Thank you Nancy, Michael, Jason, Tracy and all our dedicated experts at Peachpit and Moore-Langen and Mohawk Papers, and Khadija and Cynthia and Trevor and Mo and Ben and Steven and Paul and Alan and Dad and our entire diligent team for helping produce our best book ever. Available now at Amazon and your local independent bookstore! More about Do Good Design

Do Good Design 2013 edition press release

Design Edge Canada news about 2013 Edition Earth Day launch: New ‘Do Good Design’ edition sports eco-friendly pages or download the pdf PDF icon[148 kb]

David accepts chair appointment from Carleton University’s READ Initiative

Logo of Carleton University

Carleton University’s READ Research, Education, Accessibility and Design Initiative announced Nov 22 that David Berman will be serving a two-year appointment as chair of the Carleton Access Network, a new committee on accessible information technology.

“We are absolutely thrilled to have David Berman join the READ team as chair of our new committee on information technology and to begin our new collaboration by hosting his renowned one day workshop here at Carleton,” said Dean Mellway, acting director of the Read Initiative.

David says he’s “thrilled to be part of making Carleton the most accessible university on Earth”.

Press release: Carleton University Newsroom press release

Charlatan coverage: Coverage in Carleton University student newspaper

David headlines at AIGA Design Revival | Shaker Village, Kentucky

David shares his experience at the AIGA Design Revival 2012 conference. Every two years, AIGA invites the creative community to gather with select guest speakers for three days of creative renewal.

Imagine a design conference in a Shaker community: will David survive with no wireless signal? Oy.

More information about Design Revival 2012

Good Magazine’s “The Fact That Changed Everything: David Berman and Do Good Design”

Illustrated typography declaring 95% of designers that have ever lived are alive right now

Carren Jao writes in her Good magazine article “The Fact That Changed Everything: David Berman and Do Good Design” about the revelation David wants to share with the 2 million designers around the world.

“I was sitting with my father and talking about the idea of how social action is not optional and how to use one’s professional life to leave a legacy of goodness,” says Berman. “And we figured out that 95 percent of designers that have ever lived are alive right now.” Read the entire article … or their entire Web site: it rocks!

David speaks at agIdeas 2012, Melbourne, Australia

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David presents Making The Planet Your Client: Design & Responsibility, in Melbourne, Australia, at agIdeas International Design Week, one of the World’s largest design conference, May 24 2012. The design week spans May 21 through 25. David defines sustainability by bridging environment, cultural, social, and financial outcomes in a quadruple-bottom line approach. The future of civilization is our common design project!

agIdeas 2012 Web site

David on CBS-TV news about design aiding community

Still image from David Berman WTOC Savannah interview

After keynoting at Design Ethos 2012 in Savannah Georgia, David was interviewed by WTOC, the local CBS affiliate. Savannah College of Art and Design gathered city planners, community leaders, and urban and graphic designers from around the world as part of this remarkable conference that included a three-day “Do-ference”. They designed ways to revitalize the 22 block stretch of Savannah’s Waters Avenue.

WTOC-TV news story on the Savannah revitalization project

Davids Design Edge Blog on this project

David keynotes at SCAD’s Design Ethos 2012 conference

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David speaks on how to make the planet your client at Savannah College of Art and Design’s Design Ethos 2012 conference  in Savannah Georgia, April 19 2012. More on Design Ethos 2012

David speaks on Web accessibility March 21 eve at EAC

David gives a passionate presentation Wednesday evening March 21, 2012 about how making your site more accessible for people with disabilities and difficulties will expand your audience, drive down costs, and feel great too! Only 10 bucks and for a good cause: the Editors’ Association of Canada!

Wednesday March 21, at Capital Hill Hotel & Suites, 88 Albert Street, Ottawa: doors open at 7pm with the presentation from 7:30 til 9. Seating is limited. More about this EAC event.

If you can’t join us, please do keep this in mind: when we design for the extremes, everyone benefits.

And thank you to Carl Stieren for making it happen!

AODA / Web accessibility course tour continues in Ottawa October 25, Toronto…

Capture from David Berman speaking on web accessibility

Nine-city AODA Ontario tour on The New Standard on Accessibility: WCAG 2.0 for people with disabilities. Our courses completely cover the new standards (updated for Acrobat XI, Office 2013, and InDesign 6) … as how to achieve them in HTML, PDF, Word, InDesign, and PowerPoint …learn easy steps to meet the deadlines, expand your audience, improve your SEO … and do the right thing.  More about accessibility courses

Join us on October 25 in Ottawa or for future dates in Ottawa, Hamilton, Cornwall, Toronto (or bring us on-site if you prefer). From November 7, 2012 onward…

Made possible by our amazing hosts and sponsors: Carleton University’s READ Initiative, St. Lawrence College, Design Edge magazine, RGD Ontario.

Accessibility courses: Ottawa, New York, Toronto, Winnipeg, Boston, San Francisco, Washington

Capture from David Berman speaking on web accessibility

Everyone’s talking about the new Standard on Web Accessibility, Section 508, AODA and WCAG 2.0 accessibility for people with disabilities and difficulties. We’ve got two courses (and manuals) that completely cover the new standard as well as how to achieve it in HTML, PDF, Word, InDesign, and PowerPoint …learn easy steps to meet the deadlines, expand your audience, improve your SEO … and do the right thing. More about accessibility courses

Venue: Ottawa (Accessible PDF at Adobe), New York, Toronto, Winnipeg, Niagara Falls, Boston, San Francisco, Washington!

Keynoting at 4ttu 2011, Guinness – Dublin, Nov 17

Terminal Four logo

TerminalFour chose David to keynote at their 2011 t44u Global User Summit, at the Guinness Storehouse brewery in Dublin, Ireland. The 2011 theme was “extending your reach”, and David spoke on the role of Web developers and designers in creating a more sustainable, accessible online world … and raised a few pints!

The new Standard On Web Accessibility | Nov 30, 2011

Web Accessibility Matters by David Berman

Everyone’s talking about the new Standard on Web Accessibility and WCAG2. We’ve got the first course (and manual) that completely covers the new standard… learn easy steps to meet the deadlines. David’s pretty passionate about this: unforgettable.
Sponsors: Tbase, RGD Ontario.
Venue for Nov 30: Adobe Ottawa.
More on accessibility courses

Biotechnology Day, 2011 IDA Congress

Design at the Edges - 2011 IDA Congress - TaiPei

The IDA Congress in Taipei, Taiwan brought together three global bodies of designers to Taipei for the largest global design conference ever. David moderates on Biotechnology Day. As Sustainability Chair, he also presented the global sustainability standard at Icograda’s General Assembly.

Perfecting your Web Strategy 2.0 | Ottawa

Perfecting Your Web Strategy 2.0 by David Berman

Join David, and Jeff Braybrook from Blueprint, to start where every Web project should: not with graphic design sketches or new technologies, but rather by investing time to decide what you need to achieve, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll know when you’ve succeeded. Strategy course

Designing With A Purpose – Norway Design Council

Do Good Design by David Berman

At the invitation of The Norwegian Design Council in cooperation with GRAFILL and KHIO, David will be in Oslo, Norway on September 22, 2011 delivering the seminar Developing Your Sustainable Project Strategy: Quadruple-Bottom Line Design Thinking.

Vint Cerf on Do Good Design

Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf, Vice President at Google (and father of the Internet) sent David an email on April 18th in which he told him: “I found great resonance with your ideas. I’ve sent copies of Do Good Design to a number of friends.” (Photo by Charles Haynes)

Libeskind selects Berman for refugee monument


World-reknowned architect Studio Daniel Libeskind selected us for the graphic design and typography for his Wheel Of Conscience monument in memory of the passengers of the M.S. St. Louis (Jan. 20 2011 unveiling, Pier 21, Halifax). More

Develop your Web & print strategy | March 30


Join David March 30, 2011 to start where every Web and print project should: not graphic design sketches, sharp writing or new technologies, but rather by investing time to decide what you want to achieve, how you’ll get there, and how you’ll know when you’ve succeeded. More | Register

David keynotes at edUi in Virginia | Nov 8


Beyond Green: Sustainable design, goes beyond the environment. Join David as he launches an inspiring presentation to open the 2010 edUi Conference located in historic Charlottesville, VA. The conference theme is taking professional web development skills to the next level. David provides innovative thinking and provokes us to ask the big questions about our worldly contributions. By the end of this decade most humans will be online. What will we choose to share with them: our style addictions … or ideas the world really needs to share? We can change the world.

50,000th person downloads TimeTo


TimeTo’s now in’s top 30 PIMs. Registrants from 47 countries say it’s the world’s best (and scariest-looking!) to do list software… it could make you 20% more productive… and proceeds go to save tigers. Take 15 minutes: try TimeTo now.

David Paddles To Kingston & Toronto | Sep 28-29


David’s in Kingston, Ontario Sept 28, 2010 for the RGD Creative Business Summit. Following David’s keynote speech “Designing With a Purpose” there, he paddles on to University of Toronto for an encore presentation September 29. But why is he wearing a life jacket?

Resources for participants:
 Toronto/Kingston 2-page pdf learning guide

Aug 10 webinar | Making The Planet Your Client | David Berman, R.G.D. Ontario


In this webinar, David Berman R.G.D. presents a broad and courageous definition of sustainable design. As David says, “Sustainable design: it goes beyond the environment. 95% of the designers who have ever lived are alive today, and so it’s up to us to decide what our profession will be about. We live in a time of great fragility, yet there has never more hope, and designers have never had so much power. For the majority of humanity the Internet remains a rumour, but by the end of this decade most humans will be online. What will we choose to share with them: our style addictions or ideas the world really needs to share? We can change the world. Let me share my passion: let me tell you how. Don’t just do good design, do good! Register

segdDESIGN reviews Do Good Design


Sue Gould’s review of Do Good Design is featured in the latest issue of segdDESIGN Magazine. In it, she writes: “His selected visual examples are brilliant, many are funny, and they go way beyond they usual indictments of sexism to address the selling of cigarettes, beer, wine, clothes …” (local copy 118KB PDF)

David headlines at HOW Conference June 7 | Denver

HOW 2010

David headlines June 7, 2010, 9 am at the HOW Design Conference in Denver, Colorado …immediately followed by book signing of Do Good Design at the My Design Shop bookstore. (Contact us if you’d need a speaker registration discount.)

Berman Speaks At Bauhaus | TYPO Berlin


David’s presentation at the “Designing Ecologies” Lecture Series at the Bauhaus School in Dessau, Germany was a great success. On his way home, David dropped in at the TYPOBerlin Conference and Erik Spiekermann spontaneously suggested David speak! David said yes, so come hear him on The Stage Saturday, May 22 at 2pm.

Do Good Design wins place in “Design At Work” show opening May 10 in Ottawa


Do Good Design just won a spot in RGD Ontario’s “Design At Work” show, which will be on display at 350 Albert Street in Ottawa May 9-22, 2010, official opening May 10 at 6 pm. The annual “Design At Work” exhibition travels across Ontario throughout the year. Great news for the book whose story began in David’s hometown of Ottawa and whose journey continues globally! (Korean and Russian editions coming soon!)

David joins Good 50×70 jury

Good 50x70

David has agreed to jury the opens in a new browser window2010 Good 50X70 competition. Good 50×70 is an Italian non-profit group by designers for designers to create, submit and donate posters. The posters are made available for charities to use.