Welcome to Uenoland!

In Brooklyn, May 2–4, 2019

Uenoland is a “conference”

For people who like to get inspired about life and creativity

Two and a half days with an eclectic group of speakers, performers and attendees. Smart and fun people with different backgrounds and experiences, speaking, listening, chatting and hanging out.

You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll make thoughtful facial expressions. You’ll meet other interesting people, and other interesting people will meet you. It will be fun, ambitious, slightly unexpected, potentially amazing and/or terrible. In other words, an exciting place to be.

Uenoland is coming to the beautiful A/D/O in Brooklyn on May 2–4, 2019. We hope to see you there.

Look who’s talking

Speakers and performers

  • Angela Guzman

    Will talk about how to be fearlessly forward

    Angela Guzman is a designer and entrepreneur who designed many of the emojis on your iPhone.

    A chat with Angela Guzman

  • Carlye Wisel

    Will talk about landing the dream job you never knew existed

    Carlye Wisel is a writer and video host who went to Disney World on a whim and basically never left.

    A chat with Carlye Wisel

  • David Rees

    Will talk about things that make noise

    David Rees gave up a successful career as a cartoonist to focus on artisanal pencil sharpening. (And much else.)

    A chat with David Rees

  • Erik Berg Kreider

    Will talk about designing physical things

    Erik Berg Kreider is Senior Industrial Designer at BIG, a group of architects, designers, builders, and thinkers.

    A chat with Erik Berg Kreider

  • Graham McDonnell

    Will speak in defense of the jack of all creative trades

    Graham McDonnell is a visual storyteller and the International Creative Director of The New York Times.

    A chat with Graham McDonnell

  • Jen Flanz

    Will talk about producing a TV show

    Jen Flanz has been working at The Daily Show for over 20 years, now as Executive Producer and Co-Showrunner.

    A chat with Jen (and Jocelyn)

  • Jocelyn Conn

    Will also talk about producing a TV show

    Jocelyn Conn is a Senior Coordinating Producer of The Daily Show. With Jen (see above) she is working on a dating app called “Jinx.”

    A chat with Jocelyn (and Jen)

  • Jon Key

    Will talk about making marginalized voices heard

    Jon Key is a painter, writer and designer. He co-founded Codify Art, dedicated to creating and supporting marginalized artists of color.

    A chat with Jon Key

  • Jonathan Mann

    Will write songs about the things other people talk about

    Jonathan Mann has been writing a song a day since January 1st, 2009. At Uenoland he will write a bunch more.

    A chat with Jonathan Mann

  • Kelli Anderson

    Will talk about the magical possibilities of paper

    Kelli Anderson is a creative tinkerer. She makes simple things that don't behave as expected and renew our wonder at the everyday.


  • May-Li Khoe

    Will talk about joyfully subverting the status quo

    May-Li Khoe is an artist, designer, dancer, DJ, and more. She helps people cultivate their own creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking.

    A chat with May-Li Khoe

  • Red Thalhammer

    Will talk about her journey from design to chocolate

    Red Thalhammer is a designer who woke up one day and decided chocolate was the antidote to life's insufferable moments.

    A chat with Red Thalhammer

  • Robyn Kanner

    Will talk about creating something that some people really hated

    Robyn Kanner is a writer and designer whose sympathy for a young conservative made many people very angry earlier this year.

    A chat with Robyn Kanner

  • Sierra Tishgart

    Will talk about making pots and pans

    Sierra Tishgart likes food and cooking so much that she and a friend started a company to make beautiful pots and pans for you.

    A chat with Sierra Tishgart
    Great Jones

  • Staffan Holm

    Will talk about creating furniture

    Staffan Holm is a Swedish cabinet maker, journeyman, carpenter, and designer of furniture that makes people's homes beautiful and their lives better.

    A chat with Staffan Holm

  • Windy Chien

    Will talk about her year of knots

    Windy Chien is a Chinese-American artist. In 2016 she learned and made one new knot every day.

    A chat with Windy Chien

  • Catalina Kulczar

    Will capture your true self

    Catalina Kulczar is a Hungarian-Venezuelan photographer who will make a series of portraits of Uenoland attendees.

    A chat with Catalina (and Juan Miguel)

  • Juan Miguel Marin

    Will create a large site-specific drawing of Uenoland

    Juan Miguel Marin is an Ecuadorian artist who will make a site-specific installation, drawing under the influence of Uenoland.

    A chat with Juan Miguel (and Catalina)

This is how it’s going down


Thursday, May 2nd


Registration party

Friday, May 3rd




May-Li Khoe · Jon Key


Graham McDonnell · Sierra Tishgart




Kelli Anderson · David Rees


Jen Flanz & Jocelyn Conn · Jonathan Mann

Saturday, May 4th




Angela Guzman · Carlye Wisel


Windy Chien · Red Thalhammer




Erik Berg Kreider · Staffan Holm


Robyn Kanner · Jonathan Mann


Closing party

It’s official

News from Uenoland

Scholarship tickets

Sponsored by our friends at Google

Google is proud to support Uenoland in championing a broad and inclusive creative community. We believe that design is critical to building great products and experiences, and we’re committed to fostering best-in-class results with efforts like Material Design — a unified system combining theory, resources, and tools to help you craft beautiful, digital experiences — and Google Design. From producing original articles and videos, to hosting creative and educational partnerships, our goal is to connect, support, and inspire designers and technologists. To learn more, please visit us at design.google.

Got questions?

We’ve got answers

What is Uenoland?

Uenoland is the conference we always wanted to attend, but never found. So we decided to create it ourselves. It’s an excuse to gather together a bunch of awesome speakers and attendees, a place to make new friends, meet old friends, and learn new ways of seeing and doing things.

Who will be speaking?

Uenoland speakers and performers are an eclectic and surprising mix of smart and funny people with different backgrounds and experiences. They will talk about the clever and fun things they’ve done, and tell us why and how they did them. Their stories will make us all better at what we do, at work, and more importantly, in life. Scroll up to see who they are, go to the blog to read short interviews with them.

What is Uenoland about?

Uenoland is about creativity and inspiration, the most valuable things we humans have. It’s about experimenting, evolving and trying new things. It’s about The Ueno Theory of Everything: that the more you know about everything, the better you will be at everything.

Is Uenoland a design conference?

That depends. Do you think design is about trends and making things look pretty? Then Uenoland is not a design conference. Do you think design is about solving problems and figuring things out? And do you think that well-rounded people with a wide perspective on things are better at that sort of thing? Then yes, Uenoland is absolutely a design conference.

Who is behind Uenoland?

Uenoland is organized by your friends at Ueno. We’re a creative agency with offices in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Reykjavík. Learn more about us on our blog, our Dribbble, our Twitter and our Instagram.

Why are we doing Uenoland?

We’re doing it because we’ll all be dead soon, and we want to try different things before it’s too late.

Who should come to Uenoland?

We think you should. Why? Our boss wrote a blog post that explains everything, sort of.

How do you convince your boss to send you to Uenoland?

Our boss wrote a very convincing letter to your boss. Just leave it on their desk.

Where and when is this thing?

Uenoland happens on May 2–4, 2019, at the A/D/O in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s a beautiful, laid back space, perfect for people to run into each other. Check out A/D/O's website and Instagram.

How many people can attend and how much will it cost?

Uenoland has space for about 300 people, and tickets cost $699. We had 50 early bird tickets at $499 but they went fast. Another 50 tickets are being reserved for underrepresented groups at a deeply discounted rate of $29. Read more about scholarship tickets here.

Are we sure we know what we’re doing?

Does anyone really know what they’re doing? We’ve been to lots of conferences but this is the first time we’re organizing one ourselves. What can we say? We like to figure things out. It’s usually worked out okay.

You're coming from out of town. Where should you stay? 

The Hoxton in Williamsburg is a great hotel, very close to Uenoland. We’ve negotiated a group rate of $249 per night for visitors. Book a room for 3 nights by adding it during your check out process. You can also email us at uenoland@ueno.co with the subject “I am sleepy!” Remember to include your dates, number of people, number of rooms, and a little poem. (Poem optional.)

How should you behave at Uenoland?

We ask all Uenoland visitors happily accept and wholeheartedly abide by the Uenoland Code of Conduct.

Did we forget anything?

Want information on discounted rates? Student rates? Group rates? Anything else we forgot to mention? Send an email to uenoland@ueno.co and we’ll get right back to you.

What now?

Go to the Uenoland blog to read interviews with Uenoland speakers.

Ok, I've done that. What now?

Step right up and get your ticket to Uenoland. We look forward to seeing you there.