IBM Think Conference 2019

Put Smart To Work

Through innovative technology and industry expertise, IBM is changing how the world works by building smarter businesses. Think is IBM’s flagship conference, inviting businesses and thought leaders to discuss new and emerging technologies which will fuel the world’s next industrial transformation. Seven generative Visual Systems illustrate IBM core themes and services to form the visual identity of the event, and provide a huge range of still and motion output to cater for 30k attendee conference in downtown San Francisco.



Continuously evolving large scale cloud architectures, smart and seamless scaling.

Cloud and Infrastructure was one of the biggest campuses at Think 2019, highlighting the importance of the cloud in moving businesses forward in the next industrial age.

Visuals for the space convey a fundamental sense of structure and support, but one which is evolving and adaptable.


The journey from individual components to large scale solutions, aided by smart transformations.

With so many different businesses and interests represented at the conference, it was important to emphasise how seamlessly IBM technologies can complement each other, and integrate with their clients.

Focusing on highly-satisfying motion sequences and resolutions, the Solutions campus visuals also showcased both natural materials and smart surfaces to demonstrate the range of capabilities in IBM.


From a chaotic explosion of unstructured data to ordered and insightful discoveries, through intelligent pattern recognition and analysis.

As branding for the AI and Data campus, Generation was conceived as a response to the vast quantities of data and information processed by IBM Watson systems.

Using Watson allows customers to unlock the value of their data, to see patterns, predict future events, scale their business and optimize their workforce.

Watson’s current grid branding provided a starting point which exploded to a massive scale – millions of particles representing millions of pieces of data, which at first seems chaotic and uncontrollable but is reigned in and organised by Watson; from chaos to order.


A dynamic and evolving system of colour and soft, fluid texture, which envelops systems in a protective shield.

Visuals for this security campus took the idea of an aurora – an amorphous shape which is highly adaptable and flexible, providing a protective shield around the data and computer systems of IBM Security clients.


The process of neural-network training is like crafting a multi-dimensional lens. Machine learning visualised as a dynamically transformed crystalline object.

To illustrate intangible, invisible technologies, the visuals for Reflection used a relatable material – glass – which can take on the qualities of a smart, technical structure. Using the glass as a series of filters, similar to the way in which neural networks are built and learn, touches of colour add a prismatic quality and highlight the facets of the machinery.


A dynamic cloud space, with constant flow, is organic but organised.

“Transformation begins with a simple objective. A clearly defined goal designed to meet strategic ambition. And that goal can take many forms – reducing waste, increasing productivity, better service for customers. Once defined, organisations of all shapes and sizes marshall their resources, execute the plan, and apply the world’s most advanced technology in pursuit of performance.”


The ambition behind Think 2019 was to bring together IBM, industries and expert technologists to discuss smarter businesses.

Those partners of IBM form part of an important ecosystem, where transformation and collaboration are changing the way businesses work and how they respond to the world around them. Because of the adaptability of IBM technologies, this can evolve in a very fluid and organic way – illustrated here by the natural, flowing movement of lines and forms.


Studies of social dynamics expressed through playful abstract shapes + animation.

A more playful visual approach, but using highly polished textures to create characters which mimic the social interaction of different groups and interests coming together. Interactions at the conference, and of the people involved, are where innovation begins.




Xavier Boivin, Norra Abdul-Rahim




Julien Bauzin, Paul Brenner, Rosie Emery, Fernando Magalhães, Xander Marritt, Jonas Otto, Davide Piscitelli, Rupert Burton, Will Denning, Chris Hanson, Dan Hoopert, Ben Koppel, Michaela Lautenschlager, Kari Massey, Maxim Meshkov, Marcel Piekarski, Marian Pramberger, Peter Tomaszewicz


Marcus Wendt


Alice Shaughnessy, Joe Smith


Vera-Maria Glahn


Kuedo & David Kamp