Design Conversations, Spring 2020

This Spring, we’ll will continue investigating ideas of inclusion through our Design Conversations series, “For Whom? By Whom? Designs for Belonging,” which invites three leading design thinkers to outline design’s blind spots and exclusions, and share their thoughts on possibilities for a future of belonging.

Design Field Notes: Toshi Anders Hoo, Feb 24

February 24, 2020

Toshi Anders Hoo leads the Emerging Media Lab (EML) at Institute for the Future, to research and explore the implications of the rapidly evolving technologies and platforms that are transforming human communication. He brings years of creative, new med…

Design Field Notes: Aaron Marcus, Mar 2

March 2, 2020

Aaron Marcus is an educator and user-interface designer, considered to be the first graphic designer to work with computer graphics. He’s taught a variety of art practice and design classes from computer art to exhibition design, to design history and …

Design Pioneers: Andy Hertzfeld, Mar 6

March 6, 2020

Join the Jacobs Institute in welcoming Andy Hertzfeld to our Design Pioneers speaker series, where industry leaders across design and technology share stories and insights from their work that has innovated and shaped the way we live.

Andy Hertzfel…

Design Field Notes: Zahin Ali, Mar 9

March 9, 2020

Zahin Ali is an interaction designer at IDEO Chicago, where he leads interdisciplinary design teams working to solve problems through human-centered design practices. Ali’s approach to design is agnostic of the product or medium, believing that good de…

Design Conversations: Leah Buechley, Mar 13

March 13, 2020

Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design’s perceived innocence — admitting historical and contemporary cases where des…

Design Field Notes: Mark Cordell Holmes, Mar 30

March 30, 2020

Mark Cordell Holmes is a SF Bay Area creative professional, who has worked in games, feature animation, and tech over the past 30 years. As a 16-year veteran of the Pixar Animation Studios art department, Mark contributed to a dozen films, including ‘A…

Design Conversations: Bryce Johnson, Apr 3

April 3, 2020

Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design’s perceived innocence — admitting historical and contemporary cases where des…

Design Field Notes: Nadia Gathers, Apr 6

April 6, 2020

Controlled Burn: How to Design for the Hard Stuff

Nadia Gathers describes their work as process—helping turn the “mushiness” of being a person into discrete, discernible task flow. They have been part of the team at Code2040 where they helped desig…

Design Field Notes: David Merrill, Apr 13

April 13, 2020

David Merrill is a technology executive and startup founder with a background in computer science and human-computer interaction. He is the CEO and co-founder of Elroy Air, which builds large autonomous aircraft systems to deliver goods to remote place…

Design Conversations: Benjamin Earl Evans, Apr 17

April 17, 2020

Inclusion, accessibility, and justice are unavoidable terms in debates on design and technology today. It has become clear that fostering belonging requires overcoming design’s perceived innocence — admitting historical and contemporary cases where des…

Design Field Notes: Danielle Applestone, Apr 20

April 20, 2020

Dr. Applestone is an engineer, entrepreneur,  and mother, whose mission is to address the labor shortage in the U.S. manufacturing industry and to encourage the hands-on skills needed to build and make things.

She is the co-founder of Daughters of …