2014 Schedule
Interactive: March 7–11  •  Film: March 7–15  •  Music: March 11–16

How Open Licensing Is Transforming Design

#sxsw #opendesign


When designers share their work under an open license, they invite others to build upon and transform their designs without asking for permission, sometimes even using them commercially. A few years ago, the idea of letting non-clients steal your work was crazy; today, it’s a big part of how designers network, collaborate, and create professional opportunities for themselves and each other.

This panel will explore the possibilities of open design, with panelists running the gamut from small, community-driven projects to major industry players. Learn why attitudes about open licensing and Creative Commons have changed in the design world, and what those changes mean for designers’ careers.



Elliot Harmon

Comm Mgr

Creative Commons

Elliot Harmon is the communications manager for Creative Commons, a global nonprofit organization dedicated to maximizing digital creativity, sharing, and innovation. He manages Creative Commons’ communications strategy and outreach to creative communities. He lives in San Francisco.


Eric Stover

Open Learning Initiatives

Autodesk Knowledge Network

Open, sharing, remixing is NOW! Our team at Autodesk is passionate about faceted search, solutions for enabling knowledge sharing and nurturing social learning networks. Ask me about it!

Prior to this amazing gig, I spent a number of years managing technology product lines, was an early (90's) advocate of sustainability, lived in Round Rock before Dell and I really like a good IPA.

Scott Belsky

Co-Founder & Head of Behance & VP Prod/Community, Adobe


Scott Belsky is Adobe's Vice President of Products-Community and Head of Behance, the leading online platform for creatives to showcase and discover creative work. Scott co-founded Behance in 2006, and served as CEO until Adobe acquired Behance in 2012. Through his work at Behance, Scott has become an advocate for technology and community initiatives that empower the careers of creative professionals and help businesses leverage the creative potential of their people.


Sofya Polyakov

Co-Founder & CEO

The Noun Project

Sofya is the cofounder and CEO of The Noun Project - a platform that simplifies communication by allowing anything to be communicated visually through symbols. She combines her passion for design and creative expression with business savvy to lead the company in building the world’s visual language.

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