Selected Writings

My notes

Main Talks

About: Talks


Speaking topics

  • Icons & interfaces
  • You should not want a pretty interface
  • User eXperience 101
  • Feeling Alive & Obstacle Course Racing


Sébastien Desbenoit is an information architect at ThinkInnovation and visual language explorer.

In a previous life, he worked for a signage agency, graduated with a Maths degree, and worked as an art consultant for modern art gallery.

Working on content, icons or infographics, his passion is to improve the communication and transmission of concepts and ideas.

He also contributed to, Internet & Moi, Sud Web and La Cuisine du Web.

Editor-in-chief of, Sébastien is one of the best obstacle course racing (OCR) expert in France.

Some love

“An icon is not an illustration. It is a message.” Great talk by @desbenoit at #smdconf — and gorgeous, minimal slides!

Lyza Danger Gardner, co-author of Head First Mobile Web @ “Icons are UX”, Sainté Mobile Days 2013

“Le monde ne sera jamais beau” concluded sadly Sébastien. But we all understood with its great presentation [...]

Virginie Galindo, W3C Web Cryptography wg chair, W3C Advisory Board @ “Un bon design n'est pas beau”, Paris Web 2013

@desbenoit Your presentation looked fantastic! Navicon is not a cheeseburger though, but yes, we need research on that.
;-) #parisweb

Vitaly Friedman, Smashing Magazine @ “Les icônes, qui sont-elles ? Quels sont leurs pictos ?”
Paris Web 2012


Contributing to the visual language

A sample of the icons available on the Noun Project