Speaking & Workshops

Brian and Jason have traveled the world running their foul mouths and preaching what they practice. They love to share their story, sense of humor, knowledge of business, and passion for design through lectures and workshops.




Win or Learn Lecture
Book our talk about failure and fortitude.


Art of Risk-Taking
Book a workshop

Upcoming Events


99U Conference
Studio Sessions
New York, NY

Lecture Synopsis

Win or Learn—


Back in September of 2010, with a lack of discretion, a bit too much coffee, and some consternation with teaching—GFDA was launched as a joke on a whim. Within six weeks, then graduate students, Brian Buirge and Jason Bacher, were plunged headfirst into business selling prints, shirts, and coffee mugs from the basement of their rental property in Northeast Ohio.

Over the last six years, co-founders Brian and Jason have established themselves as a powerhouse in the international creative and entrepreneurial community—despite occasionally coming disastrously close to bankruptcy. Their story is overflowing with embarrassing failures and stupid mistakes, which they view—not as road blocks—but as sign posts on their way toward inevitable success. Holding to the perspective that they either win or learn, they believe wholeheartedly that experience only comes the moment after you need it.

Through their lectures and workshops, Brian and Jason look to address the barriers that wedge themselves between ideas and execution. They take great pride in using their experiences as unlikely entrepreneurs to champion courage, risk-taking, and rule-breaking.

For pricing and more information, please contact speaking@gfda.co.

Workshop Synopsis

The Art of Risk Taking—


In this intensive workshop, participants are thrown ass-over-tin-cups into a series of exercises and drills that encourage experimentation, play, and risk-taking. Sitting and paste-eating are kept to a minimum.

Exercises are team-oriented and vary in length from 10–60 minutes. Each exercise wraps up with a short reflection to ensure valuable insights are taken from the experience.

Participants discover that creative and disruptive ideas don’t magically appear, but they arrive from a disciplined practice and learning. It is integral to call upon personal experiences and insights alongside trusted friends and colleagues. When ideating in groups, participants find that listening, giving up control, and making each other look good produces the most successful results.

Through the catalyst of risk, both teams and individuals can break through their creative ruts to arrive at fresh ideas and innovations, regardless of department, role, or position.

For pricing and more information, please contact speaking@gfda.co.

“Want to inspire people? Want to make them look at things differently? Then the guys behind Good Fucking Design Advice are the gentlemen to bring to your city. Brian and Jason not only put on an amazing show with humor but it’s also equipped with pieces of inspiration that will ignite everyone in attendance.”

Tara NesbittCo-Chair, @STLDesignWeek

2013 Tour ¡Ole! GFDA Travels the USA

In August of 2013, we left our home in Kent, Ohio in a 1972 Dodge B300 Sporstman and traveled over 11,000 miles within 53 days to 38 cities across 36 states. We presented our story at 25 events all over the country.

Read more about our trip and experience.

Previous Engagements

  • 2016
  • Nike NA Retail Brand Summit
    Beaverton, OR
  • Nike EKIN-Pacer Division
    Portland, OR
  • Southern Illinois University
    Carbondale, IL
  • What If the Conference 2016
    Cancun, Mexico
  • 2015
  • Northeastern University
    Boston, MA
  • 99u Social Innovation Week
    New York City, NY
  • Boston University, AIGA Boston
    Boston, MA
  • St. Louis Design Week, AIGA STL
    St. Louis, MO
  • AAF Central Minnesota
    St. Cloud, MN
  • Hyperakt Lunch Talk
    Brooklyn NY
  • What If the Conference 2015
    Cancun Mexico
  • 2014
  • Lamar University
    Dishman Museum of Art

    Beaumont TX
  • World Usability Day
    Cleveland OH
  • UHeart Digital Media Conference
    Toledo OH
  • AIGA Cleveland
    Cleveland, OH
  • What If the Conference
    Phoenix AZ
  • Hike Conference
    Chicago IL
  • UX Akron Meetup
    Akron, OH
  • 2013
  • Escula de Comunicación Mónica Herrera
    El Salvador
  • AIGA Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA
  • Design Exchange Boston
    Boston, MA
  • AIGA Philadelphia,
    Moore College of Art + Design

    Philadelphia, PA
  • AIGA Richmond
    Richmond, VA
  • The Half and Half
    Columbia, SC
  • AIGA New Orleans
    New Orleans, LA
  • AIGA Phoenix
  • UC Berkeley
    Innovation Design

    Berkeley, CA
  • AIGA Seattle
    Seattle, WA
  • AIGA Nebraska
    Omaha, NE
  • Belly Card, Inc
    Chicago, IL
  • What If the Conference
    Bali Indonesia
  • What If the Conference
    Dominican Republic
  • Title Case w/ Jessica Hische
    SanFrancisco, CA
  • AIGA Central PA
    York, PA
  • AIGA Iowa
    DesMoines, IA
  • AIGA Blue Ridge
    Frederick, MD
  • AIGA Vermont
    Burlington, VT
  • Corcoran College of Art + Design
    Washington, DC
  • AIGA Triad NC
    Winston Salem, NC
  • AIGA Nashville
    Nashville, TN
  • Houston Design Week
    AIGA Houston

    Houston, TX
  • UP Global
    Seattle, WA
  • AIGA Colorado
    Denver, CO
  • AIGA Kansas City
    Kansas, MO
  • AIGA Indianapolis
    Indianapolis, IN
  • University of Cincinnati
    Cincinnati, OH
  • Kent State University
    Kent, OH
  • 2012
  • University of Central Oklahoma
  • Shawnee State University
    Portsmouth, OH
  • SND Cleveland
    Cleveland, OH
  • Thought @ Work Conference RIT
    Rochester, NY
  • AIGA Oklahoma City
    Oklahoma, OK