Student showcase session in action

A new season of events at the Jacobs Institute

August 24, 2017 | 3:04 pm

With the start of a new academic year, the Jacobs Institute is excited to announce our fall season of public events. Three leading design voices will join us for this semester’s Jacobs Design Conversations, weaving together insights from a range of fields in these Friday lunchtime talks. Meanwhile, on Monday afternoons, the Design Field Notes pop-up series will invite a diverse mix of local practitioners to share inside looks at on-the-ground projects. The institute will also welcome our community for a homecoming open house and the Jacobs Winter Design Showcase, putting student creativity front and center.


In this semester’s Jacobs Design Conversations, three guests will join us at Jacobs Hall for lunch and dialogue on design innovation. These talks will take place at noon on Fridays.

Eric Rodenbeck, founder, CEO, and creative director of Stamen, will kick off the series on September 22. Stamen is widely regarded for its pioneering work in elegant, data-driven design, and in 2017 it was awarded the National Design Award for Interaction Design by the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian National Design Museum.

Eventbrite - Jacobs Design Conversations: Eric Rodenbeck

Silvia Lindtner will join us on November 3. An assistant professor at the University of Michigan, Lindtner’s research focuses on innovation and technology entrepreneurship, making and hacking cultures, and shifts in digital labor and policy. Registration will open one month prior to the talk; to receive a reminder when registration opens, sign up here.

Eventbrite - Jacobs Design Conversations: Silvia Lindtner

Steve Vassallo, general partner at Foundation Capital, will speak on December 1. Formerly a product and engineering leader at Ning and IDEO, Vassallo is the author of The Way to Design. Registration will open one month prior to the talk; to receive a reminder when registration opens, sign up here.

Eventbrite - Jacobs Design Conversations: Steve Vassallo


Fall also brings a new season of Design Field Notes, a pop-up series that invites design practitioners to a Jacobs Hall teaching studio to share current projects, practices, and ideas. This semester, Design Field Notes talks will take place at 4pm on Mondays.

Currently scheduled talks include:

Tim Evatt: 9/11
Thomas 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

Additional talks will be added as the semester continues, so look out for news of more events in this series!


Beyond these talks, mark your calendar for homecoming and for our winter design showcase.

All events are free and open to the public.
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