Ken Carbone

Ken Carbone


"Making Day By Day"

I’ve made many things. A design business, a rock band, books, speeches, syllabi, blog posts, several trips around the world and three incredible children. I’ve also made thousands of works of art. Much of this is documented in the sketchbooks I’ve kept over the past 25 years with more than 5000 pages to date. This obsessive making has recently translated to Instagram through my ” Apple a Day” series. This is where there are no rules, no repetition and no excuses, just daily creativity.

This presentation demonstrates the emotional rewards of “making” everyday and how it generates a feeling of positive productivity, mental clarity and measurable accomplishment.


Ken Carbone is a designer, artist, musician, author, teacher and blogger for Fast Company. He says he can’t spell, can’t type and only learned to swim after he turned fifty. He’s never won an Oscar, never watched the Simpson’s and secretly loves opera.

He is the Chief Creative Director of the Carbone Smolan Agency, a design and branding firm in New York City. Their client list includes: W Hotels, Canon, Mandarin Oriental Hotels, Boston Consulting Group and the Musée du Louvre. Carbone, along with his partner Leslie Smolan, are recipients of the 2014 AIGA Medal for design distinction. The agency’s work is widely published and is recognized for excellence worldwide.

When he is not doing all of the above he enjoys playing the guitar very loud.