Video: Bob Calvano

Expand Your Realm for Success: Grow Giant Ears and Listen for Hidden Opportunities

Filmed on October 14, 2011, at “Pivot: AIGA Design Conference

About this video

The future of design will require you to profoundly know who you are as a designer and to listen on a different level. Listening is a critical skill we must possess in the creative industry and it’s a skill that can catapult your career—if you know what you are listening for. Knowing who you are as a designer and listening for the right opportunities can set you on a path of successful, fulfilling and authentic creative journeys. Bob Calvano will share his firsthand experience of how he turned a request to “hang a few pictures” into a new global-service offering that is getting the attention of the C-suite and winning industry awards. Get insight on how to transform your listening for hidden opportunities and know which ones to pounce on.

Speaker bio

Bob Calvano has been providing thought leadership and design solutions for more than 20 years. With a mind that never stops thinking about the creative process, he is always open to exploring new mediums and possibilities, which has recently led him to providing environmental design solutions around the world. Calvano is currently the creative director of Merck’s full-service in-house agency and provides creative leadership and business solutions on a global scale. The award winning team’s portfolio of services includes print, interactive, presentation and environmental design, as well as video production, photography, illustration, webcasting, web development and finger painting if necessary. Prior to joining Merck, Calvano was an interaction design director at R/GA, and held various positions such as UX design director at Oxygen Media. In these roles he fine-tuned his talent for creating intuitive and elegant interfaces. He worked with diverse teams creating consumer-based software, interactive experiences, websites, print and television content. The rock star wannabe has won numerous awards for his work in advertising and design and has been published in periodicals such as Advertising Age and Graphic Design USA. Calvano holds a BA in fine art, completed an executive education program for creative leaders at Harvard Business School and has lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.