Webinar: Designing Wellness: Inside Merck's Healthcare Revolution

Part of “Industry Insights: Career Development Webinars,” a members-only series created by AIGA and Aquent

Recorded on August 15, 2012

Learn how a global leader in healthcare is innovating ahead of a rapidly changing industry. Merck has grown to one of the world’s largest healthcare companies, providing pharmaceuticals, research and vaccines to a worldwide audience. Bob Calvano, director of Merck’s Global Creative Studios, will give a guided tour of the trends developing at his in-house, full-service agency, where he leads a studio of 80 plus designers, illustrators, developers and filmmakers. From iPad app development, to environmental design, to the use of photojournalism and live illustrated meetings, Calvano will highlight Merck’s commitment to producing innovative design solutions for the healthcare industry.

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Bob CalvanoBob Calvano is director of Merck Global Creative Studios, a full-service, in-house agency, and provides creative leadership and business solutions on a global scale. The award-winning team’s portfolio includes environmental, interactive and print 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 user experience design director at Oxygen Media. In these roles he fine-tuned his talent for creating engaging brand experiences and intuitive and elegant interfaces while making complex information easier to understand and navigate. He has worked with diverse teams creating consumer-based software, interactive experiences, websites, print and television content. 

Calvano has won numerous awards for his work in advertising and design. He has been published in periodicals such as Advertising Age, Graphic Design USA and HOW Magazine, as well as on aiga.org, and he currently holds a position on AIGA’s National Board of Directors. He received an Executive Education for Creative Leaders at Harvard Business School and has a B.A. in fine art. He has spoken at events such as the AIGA Pivot Design Conference, the FUSE Design Conference, and HOW DesignCasts, and lectured at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City.


Alissa WalkerAlissa Walker writes about design, architecture, cities, transportation and walking for many publications, including Fast Company, Dwell, Wired and the LA Weekly and is the associate producer for the KCRW public radio show “DnA: Design and Architecture.” In 2010 she was named a USC Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellow for her writing on design and urbanism, and in 2011 Alissa was awarded an ArtPlace grant for the initiative GOOD Ideas for Cities, where creatives are assigned urban problems proposed by city leaders, and present their solutions at lively public forums. Alissa lives in the Silver Lake neighborhood of L.A., where she throws ice cream socials, tends to a drought-tolerant garden, rides a Creamsicle-colored Public bike, writes infrequently on her blog, Gelatobaby, and relishes life in L.A. without a car.

About this series

The AIGA|Aquent “Industry Insights” webinar series was developed to give AIGA members exclusive insights into design techniques and strategies that today’s leading firms use to leverage their brands. Industry experts in rapidly growing sectors will share visual presentations, strategy reviews, demos and case studies—giving you a window into the best practices and fresh ideas of design leaders who are achieving results for their companies.

Presenting Sponsor

Aquent logoAquent is the Official AIGA Sponsor for Professional Development, serving as a source for creative and design talent as well as providing access to great career opportunities for AIGA members nationwide. Aquent is the only global staffing company dedicated to creative, marketing, and digital roles exclusively for Fortune 1000 companies. If you are looking for great job opportunities or need to hire expert talent, please contact Aquent by visiting aquent.com.