Events Archive

February 8, 2016 | 3:27 pm

This page provides information on past events at the Jacobs Institute. For upcoming events from the Jacobs Institute and our broader design innovation community, visit our news and events page.

2018 Jacobs Spring Design Showcase

May 2-3, 2018

Over the course of two days, students in 17 courses, along with members of campus design clubs and grant recipients, shared their work.

Design Field Notes: Spring 2018

Spring 2018 Design Field Notes speakers included Sara Cinnamon (1/23), Alexander Reben (1/30), Margaret Hagan (2/6), Jennifer Jacobs (2/13), Paul Te and Josh Horowitz (2/27), Ethan Eismann (3/20), Tiffany Tseng (4/3), Melissa Cefkin (4/10), and Robert Kett (4/17).

Jacobs Design Conversations: Alan Eustace

April 6, 2018

Alan Eustace, former senior vice president of knowledge at Google and a skydiving record holder, gave a talk on “StratEx: A Scuba-like System for Stratospheric Exploration.”

Jacobs Design Conversations: Allison Arieff

March 2, 2018

Allison Arieff, editorial director at SPUR and contributing opinion writer at the New York Times, spoke on “Solving all the Wrong Problems.”

Jacobs Design Conversations: Saul Griffith

February 23, 2018

Saul Griffith, a MacArthur fellow and founder of Otherlab, Instructables, Makani Power, and others, discussed “Design for Climate Change.”

2017 Jacobs Winter Design Showcase

December 6-7, 2017

Students from over 20 courses shared their innovative projects.

Design Field Notes: Fall 2017

Fall 2017 Design Field Notes speakers included Tom Maiorana (9/18), Jazmyn Latimer (9/25), Liat Berdugo (10/2), Jess Hobbs (10/16), Andreas Bastian (10/23), Hisham Ibrahim (10/30), M. Paz Gutierrez (11/6), Andre Yousefi (11/13), Katarina Ilic (11/20), and Tim Evatt (11/27).

Jacobs Design Conversations: Steve Vassallo

December 1, 2017

Foundation Capital general partner Steve Vassallo discussed “How to Design a Company that Matters.”

Jacobs Design Conversations: Silvia Lindtner

November 3, 2017

University of Michigan assistant professor Silvia Lindtner spoke on “The Promise of Making: Desiring Alternatives, Hacking Capitalism and Prototyping Inequality.”

Jacobs Design Conversations: Eric Rodenbeck

September 22, 2017

Stamen founder, CEO, and creative director Eric Rodenbeck discussed “Telling Stories with Data.”

2017 Jacobs Summer Design Showcase

August 20, 2018

In a mini-showcase, summer courses held at Jacobs Hall shared their work.

2017 Jacobs Spring Design Showcase

May 3-4, 2017

Students shared projects in fields from health to art practice.

Design Field Notes: Spring 2017

Speakers in the spring Design Field Notes series included Neil Goldberg (1/24), Danielle Applestone (1/31), Per Selvaag (2/7), Aaron Marcus (2/14), Avery Trufelman (2/28), Majeed Kazemitabaar (3/7), Justin Porcano and Kim Do (3/21), Tyler Mincey and Jorge Fino (4/11), and Dara Douraghi (4/18).

Jacobs Design Conversations: Elisa Giaccardi

April 7, 2017

Elisa Giaccardi, professor of interactive media design at TU Delft, spoke on “Designing in the Connected Everyday.”

Jacobs Design Conversations: Barry Katz

March 3, 2017

Barry Katz, author of Make It New: The History of Silicon Valley Design, gave a talk called, “The Missing Link: Design as the Key to the Silicon Valley Ecosystem of Innovation.”

Jacobs Design Conversations: Kate Sofis

February 10, 2017

Kate Sofis, CEO of SFMade, spoke on “Designing for Local Manufacturability.”

Jacobs Design Conversations: Alan Cooper

January 27, 2017

Alan Cooper, founder of Cooper, discussed “Working Backwards.”

2016 Jacobs Winter Design Showcase

December 7-8, 2016

Students presented prototypes and projects at our 2016 winter design showcase.

Design Field Notes: Fall 2016

Speakers in the fall Design Field Notes series included Euiyoung Kim (September 2), Charles Huang (September 9), Misha Cornes (September 23), Amy Wibowo (September 30), Alexei Vranich (October 7), Alec Rivers (October 14), Mark Hatch (11/18), and Michael Allen (12/2). Read about fall talks here.

Jacobs Design Conversations: Marc Tarpenning

November 17, 2016

Marc Tarpenning, co-founder of Tesla Motors and NuvoMedia, gave a talk called, “Don’t Be Afraid to Do Something Big — And Why Electric Cars Are in Your Future.”

Jacobs Design Conversations: Elizabeth Gerber

October 13, 2016

Elizabeth Gerber, associate professor at Northwestern University and faculty founder of Design for America, spoke on “Understanding and Designing for Collective Innovation.” View a featured excerpt and watch the Q&A section of the talk.

Jacobs Design Conversations: James Tichenor & Joshua Walton

September 15, 2016

James Tichenor and Joshua Walton of Microsoft HoloLens spoke on “Blurring the Physical and the Digital.”

Jacobs Spring Design Showcase

May 4-5, 2016

Students from 16 courses held in Jacobs Hall showcased their projects. Read about the showcase and Jacobs Hall’s ecosystem of design for real-world impact.

Jacobs Design Conversations: Greg Petroff

April 1, 2016

Greg Petroff, Chief Experience Officer at GE Software and General Manager of the User Experience Center of
 Excellence for GE, spoke on “Design and the Internet of Important Things.” Watch a video of the talk.

Jacobs Design Conversations: Yoon Lee

March 11, 2016

Yoon Lee, Vice President of Insight Concept and Portfolio at Samsung Electronics, spoke on “Designing with Context.” Watch a video of the talk.

Jacobs Design Conversations: Steve Johnson

March 4, 2016

Steve Johnson, Vice President of User Experience at LinkedIn, spoke on “Beyond Pixels: The Hidden Traits of Great Designers.” Watch a video of the talk.

Jacobs Design Conversations: Carla Diana

January 29, 2016

Designer, author, and educator Carla Diana spoke on “Robotics in our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer’s Perspective.”

Jacobs Winter Design Showcase

December 9-10, 2015

Students from the first-ever courses held in Jacobs Hall showcased design work spanning disciplines. Read about the showcase and students’ projects.

Jacobs Design Conversations: Ellen Lupton

November 20, 2015

Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum and director of the Graphic Design MFA Program at MICA, spoke on “Design and Storytelling.” Read a recap of fall 2015 Jacobs Design Conversations.

Jacobs Design Conversations: Benjamin Joffe

November 13, 2015

Benjamin Joffe, general partner at HAX — the world’s first and largest hardware accelerator — discussed “building a global hardware startup in 2015.” Read a recap of fall 2015 Jacobs Design Conversations.

Jacobs Design Conversations: Bernie Roth

October 16, 2015

Bernie Roth, Rodney H. Adams Professor of Engineering at Stanford University and Academic Director of Stanford’s, led a session on “Using Design Thinking at Home and at Work.” Read a recap of fall 2015 Jacobs Design Conversations.