Design Conversations

July 21, 2020 | 11:44 am

For Spring 2021, we will be continuing our theme, For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging, first launched in the Spring of 2019. This series investigates design’s exclusions and invites guests to discuss the ways their work examines ideas around inclusivity. Learn more about the series here.

Each guest will be joining us virtually through Zoom’s Webinar feature, with audience questions taken at the end of each lecture. Registration is required for the link to join. Most lectures in this series are recorded, and available to watch within a week of the event. All video links will be posted to this page once available.

This series will be held live with CART captioning. Captioning services will be provided for the post-recording as well. For other access requests, please email:

February 19, 2021: Dr. Bess Williamson
12pm – 1pm PST

If you missed the talk, you can watch the recorded conversation on our YouTube page; as well as Bess’s follow-up Q+A, where she has answered some of the questions that we did not get to in our live Q+A. This talk was also featured on the Berkeley Talks Podcast, which can be found here.

Dr. Bess Williamson is a historian of design and material culture and Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (2019) and co-editor of Making Disability Modern: Design Histories (2020). Her work explores diverse histories and practices of design that extend expertise to users and communities, and challenge designers to address access and power in their work.

April 23, 2021: Ahmed Ansari
12pm – 1pm PST
This event is free and open to the public; registration is required. 

Ahmed Ansari is an Industry Assistant Professor at NYU’s Integrated Digital Media program in the department of Technology, Culture, & Society. His research intersects between critical design studies and postcolonial and de-colonial theory; and pre-colonial philosophy and design history/technology in the Indian subcontinent.

Ansari is a founding member of the Decolonising Design Platform, as well as the Architecture Design Research Lab in Karachi, where he has helped design the curricula for design programs at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture at the University.

Past Speakers in this series:

Aza Raskin, Fall 2019

Mario Ballesteros, Fall 2019

Claire Evans, Fall 2019

Dori Tunstall, Spring 2019

August de los ReyesSpring 2019

Jodi Forlizzi, Spring 2019

Ellen Pao, Spring 2019