David Trumble

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Award-Winning Artist, Author, Huffington Post Contributor

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Making Sense One Small Story At A Time David Trumble at TEDxGoodenoughCollege
David Trumble: TEDx @ DesMoine, Inspiring Keynote

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Mixing playful anecdotes, impressive artwork and cerebral life lessons, David takes the audience through his personal journey of finding meaning in his life. Using his career trajectory as a roadmap, he charts a story that begins with the youthful need to be presented with answers and ends with accepting the uncertainties of life and finding purpose for one’s self. 

Inspiring and relatable, this is a talk that helps attendees understand the indifferences we each have and embrace them as a blank canvas of infinite possibilities.

In this myth-busting talk, David dissects the misconceptions behind the notion of “stealing”. Using examples from his own work and others, Trumble reclaims the art of passing on ideas as the mark of a great storyteller. Central to this realization is understanding: How we learn to copy others as children, the way ideas are re-appropriated to become new and unique, and the long glorious tradition of “stealing” by every genius we have ever looked up to.

Blending irreverent humour and intelligent observation, this is a talk that will liberate both creative AND professional people to tell better stories — by learning to stop stealing badly and start stealing right!

Charting an unlikely journey from penniless doodler to national newspaper cartoonist to author and illustrator, David utilizes his artwork to present this talk for anyone who wants to take a risk on doing what they love and looking for the courage to do it. In a talk rich in candour, Trumble outlines his personal philosophy for success as a mixture of visibility, empathy, a healthy dose of delusion, and a willingness to endure rejection most of the time.

In this self-deprecating and amusing talk, David takes the audience “behind the scenes” of some of his more painful brainstorming sessions. By showing the many brick walls and forks along the way, Trumble teaches the audience to embrace conflict and crisis in the creative process as a necessity to get to inspiration. By defining the kernel of an idea as a problem to be solved, we can find our way to the truth lying somewhere within its “Code”.

In this amusing, thought-provoking talk, David imparts the lessons he has learned from a freelance career built on chaos and foolishness. These include overcoming the desire to compare one’s self to others, to remember the people who help us along the way, and the biggest challenge of all: Not to panic. When the universe deviates from our self-imposed “Plan,” improvise accordingly.


“Every organizer hopes for the one keynote speaker who palpably uplifts the audience with charisma, humor and a unique view of the world that inspires contemplation, revelation and imagination, and we found that in sublime display with David Trumble.”  

— TEDxYouth@DesMoines

With all this buzz [of David Trumble’s artwork “Disney Princessifying”], Trumble’s message certainly can’t be ignored.”

— Brenda Chapman (creator and co-director of the movie “BRAVE”)
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