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Design Future Now

By AIGA / Lee-Sean Huang
How is design changing as a discipline and profession? How do we face these opportunities as a community? AIGA's Lee-Sean Huang explores these questions and more with creative practitioners and leaders.
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Fireside Chat with Ben Williams, R/GA Global Chief Experience Officer
Join AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson and R/GA Global Chief Experience Officer Ben Williams for a conversation about leadership in design. This Fireside Chat was recorded at the 2020 AIGA Design Conference. This is the final episode of Design Future Now for 2020. We'll be back next year. Happy Holidays!  Design Future Now is produced by Lee-Sean Huang and AIGA, the professional association for design.  Follow us: @DesignFutureNow on Instagram and @DesignFutureNow on Twitter. 
39:23
December 7, 2020
Fireside Chat with Kayo Roehm, 3M Design Officer
AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson and 3M Design Officer Kayo Roehm have a conversation about leadership in design at the 2020 AIGA Design Conference
36:51
November 27, 2020
Fireside Chat with Dantley Davis, Twitter Chief Design Officer
AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson and Twitter Chief Design Officer Dantley Davis have a conversation about leadership in design at the 2020 AIGA Design Conference
32:48
November 18, 2020
Lee-Sean gives an update and discusses design and storytelling with Anne-Laure Fayard
Hi everyone! It's been awhile. COVID-19 shook up our production plans, and we have pivoted to focus on the Design Future Live show on the @AIGADesign Instagram, Wednesdays at 1 pm Eastern.  Tune in to this special bonus episode to get a quick update from Lee-Sean and learn how to get a discount code for the upcoming AIGA Design Conference, November 9-14, now 100% online. Lee-Sean also shares the story of his professional journey and shares thoughts on design and storytelling in our crossover with the Design Thinking Roundtable podcast hosted by Anne-Laure Fayard. Anne-Laure is Associate Professor of Innovation, Design and Organizational Studies at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering and faculty advisor to the NYU chapter of Design for America. Subscribe to the Design Thinking Roundtable podcast on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/designforamerica  Or on Spotify:  https://open.spotify.com/show/43BX6v41muO31yYRSG0oxL?si=Z0_tHH7UTFSW0CIBsvR_EQ
28:08
October 21, 2020
Bobby Alexis and Roger Manix on Play
In this final episode of season 1, we hear from Bobby Alexis and Roger Manix, co-founders of a new company called Ludolo, which helps remote teams increase creativity, productivity, and develop a sense of belonging, through play. We talked about the importance of play even during a pandemic, the neuroscience behind play, the challenges and opportunities of starting up during a crisis, and more. Design Future Now is a production of AIGA, the professional association for design. 
51:09
May 15, 2020
Richard Ting on Digital Craft
Richard Ting, Executive Vice President, Global Chief Experience Officer, and US Chief Creative Officer at R/GA talks with Design Future Now's Lee-Sean Huang about digital craft, moving from "human centered design" to "humanity centered design," and more.  Richard is a C-suite partner to R/GA’s global client roster. Richard has 20 years of experience in building, guiding, and directing world class digital design teams to envision, pilot, and commercialize innovative digital products, services, and customer experiences. Richard is also a co-Founder and Partner in R/GA Ventures and has worked with and advised more than 80 early-to-growth stage startups. While overseeing and setting the vision for R/GA’s global team of multi-disciplinary designers, Richard ensures that his teams are highly skilled in design thinking, product innovation, service design, commerce, prototyping, and digital marketing. In recent years, Richard has worked with a wide range of companies including Nike, Samsung, Google, Verizon, and Equinox and has received nearly every major industry creative award, including the Cannes Titanium Lion, the D&AD Black Pencil, and the Grand CLIO. Throughout his career, Richard has been a much sought-after industry leader and has served on a number of creative award show juries such as The One Show, The Art Director’s Club, the International CLIO Awards, and the London International Awards. Additionally, Richard has spoken at prominent conferences such as Cannes, RISE, SXSWi, and CES and written articles for Harvard Business Review, The Atlantic, Huffington Post, and Advertising Age. Richard currently serves on the AIGA National Board of Directors and National Conference Chair and is an executive member of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Aside from his professional pursuits, Richard has deep subject matter expertise on sports, sneakers, and hip hop music. To learn more about Richard, follow @flytip on Twitter.
41:46
April 29, 2020
Giorgia Lupi on Data Humanism
This episode is adapted from a webinar conversation that Design Future Now host Lee-Sean Huang had with Giorgia Lupi, an information designer, advocate for Data Humanism, and a partner at Pentagram. Prior to joining Pentagram, Giorgia was a co-founder of Accurat, a data-driven design firm with offices in Milan and New York. She has been named One of "Fast Company's" 100 Most Creative People in Business, and she recently joined MIT Media Lab as a Director’s Fellow. She has spoken at conferences like TED and Adobe’s 99u and has exhibited her work at places including the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. You can view the closed-captioned video of Giorgia Lupi's full webinar, which includes a visual introduction to her work here: https://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/tools-and-resources/commitment-to-community/data--design-pop-up-qa-with-giorgia-lupi/
24:46
April 16, 2020
Amanda Makulec on Communicating COVID-19 Data
Amanda Makulec is a visual analytics advisor who uses visualization, storytelling, and design thinking to transform how teams and organizations use data.  She shared her expertise with Lee-Sean Huang about how to design, visualize, and interpret data related to the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic. Episode transcript with resource links: https://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/inspiration/design-future-now/episode-10 Amanda is the senior data visualization lead at Excella and holds a masters of public health from the Boston University School of Public Health. She worked with data in global health programs for eight years before joining Excella, where she leads teams and develops user-centered data visualization products for federal, nonprofit, and private sector clients. Amanda volunteers as the operations director for the Data Visualization Society and is a co-organizer for Data Visualization DC. Find her on Twitter at @abmakulec. And to read about how data visualization practitioners can create responsible visualizations: https://medium.com/nightingale/ten-considerations-before-you-create-another-chart-about-covid-19-27d3bd691be8
27:55
April 2, 2020
David Carroll on Data Rights
Design educator, data rights advocate, and recovering entrepreneur David Carroll talks with Lee-Sean Huang about the challenges that digital platforms pose to privacy, democracy, and beyond.  David Carroll is associate professor of media design and former Director of the MFA Design and Technology graduate program at the School of Art, Media and Technology at Parsons School of Design at The New School. He is known for legally challenging Cambridge Analytica and related companies in the UK courts to recapture his 2016 voter profile using European data protection law. Featured in The Great Hack (2019) on Netflix, his data quest has appeared in WIRED, The Guardian, Motherboard, The Boston Review, Slate, Mother Jones, and the international press more widely. Formerly CEO of a failed tech startup backed by Hearst and incubated at NYC Media Lab and NY Media Center by IFP, Glossy visually organized digtial archives using machine learning and social content recommendation engines. This experience deep in industry helped form the basis of his research, legal efforts, and public engagement on data rights. His earlier scholarship on mobile media funded by research grants included support from Pearson Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Nokia Research Centers. He is active on Twitter @profcarroll Professor Carroll is scheduled to speak at the AIGA Design Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, now rescheduled for November 12-14, 2020. https://designconference.aiga.org/  This interview is the final episode in this season of Design Future Now. We would love to hear your feedback and suggestions for future episodes. Email us at podcast@aiga.org. We will be back in a few weeks! 
46:29
March 18, 2020
Rinat Sherzer on Biomimicry and Gender in Design
Interdisciplinary biotech engineer, social entrepreneur and designer Rinat Sherzer talks with Lee-Sean Huang about biomimicry and gender in design. Rinat is the founder of Of Course Global, a social innovation design consultancy, helping businesses be a force for good in society. In her practice, Rinat combines principles from biomimicry & speculative design to create a cultural shift towards an egalitarian society by exploring the menstrual cycle and de-shaming it, which she explained further in her TEDx Talk: The Bloody Taboo With The Power To Change The World. Her latest project What Would The Egg Do?, is a series of initiatives: an exhibition, documentary, education curriculum, business workshops and a book - all exploring how can nature-inspired solutions lead to a healthier planet & gender equality. Rinat holds a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology Engineering from Ben-Gurion University, Israel and an MFA in Design for Social Innovation from SVA, NY. She is an Adjunct Professor at Parsons School of Design and mentors women from all over the world, helping them reclaim their power.
39:12
March 9, 2020
Sloan Leo on Community Building as Design Practice
Community centered design strategist Sloan Leo chats with Lee-Sean Huang about community building as design practice and the intersections of social innovation and justice. Sloan is director of social innovation at The Vaid Group, designer in residence at MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts, and a board member of AIGA New York.  https://sloanleo.com/
42:08
March 2, 2020
Paul Pangaro on Design for/as Conversation
Paul Pangaro, Professor of Practice at Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute talks with Lee-Sean Huang of AIGA about design for conversation and design as conversation. How might designing better conversations lead to richer, more ethical interactions between humans and artificial intelligence?  https://hcii.cmu.edu/people/paul-pangaro https://www.pangaro.com/ Episode transcript: https://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/inspiration/design-future-now/episode-6/ Join us for the 20th AIGA Design Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 30 to April 1, 2020.  For more information and to register for the conference, visit https://designconference.aiga.org/ AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest and most influential community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all.  Follow @AIGAdesign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
14:36
February 12, 2020
Deborah Littlejohn and Randa Hadi, Data, Damn Lies, and Disruption
We hear from an educator and a student who are researching, teaching, and practicing design in an age of data and disruption. Professor Deb Littlejohn demystifies the buzzword "Big Data" and explains why she has her students tell lies with data. MFA student, Randa Hadi opens up about her hopes and fears for the design profession and how she's facing the future head on. Deborah Littlejohn is a design researcher and educator, developing coursework in graphic design history, design research methods, and graduate studios. By examining the tools and technologies through which people experience design, Dr. Littlejohn’s work is guided by questions addressing the relationship between visual communications, new information environments, data literacy, and the ability of people understand, learn, and take action. https://design.ncsu.edu/staff/deborah-littlejohn/ Randa Hadi is a designer, researcher, and architect by training. She is a visual thinker with an interest in bridging the gap between architecture and graphic design by creating spatial experiences in both the physical and digital world. https://randahadi.com/
21:27
January 31, 2020
Kim Erwin, healthcare delivery designer and researcher
Are you a designer curious about working in healthcare? Or you already work in healthcare and are curious about the value of design to improve patient and provider experiences? Kim Erwin shares her wisdom and insights about the role of design and designers in the healthcare multi-system.   Transcript: https://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/inspiration/design-future-now/episode-4/ Kim Erwin, MDes, is Associate Director of the Program for Healthcare Delivery Design at the University of Illinois Chicago, and research professor at the UIC School of Design. As Associate Director, Kim works with the UI Health System, other research-oriented health systems, and design strategists to apply design methods to healthcare delivery. Together, they work to align evidence-based interventions with human behavior in order to accelerate adoption by patients and clinical staff. Kim's work leverages systems planning, human-centered research, broad stakeholder engagement and immersive communication to engage organizations in achievable next steps. Prior to joining UIC, Kim was an Associate Professor at IIT’s Institute of Design and Director of its Center for Collaborative Healthcare Design. Kim's focus on merging the design and health sciences builds on 20 years of professional expertise in contextual field research methods, qualitative analytics, communication design to make complex information easier to understand and use. Kim has also been an educator for over ten years, focused on the formalization of communication methods to build, engage and lead teams through discovery processes. Today she teaches design methods to healthcare professionals through executive education, helping them apply design methods to delivery and quality challenges, such as patient discharge effectiveness and provider-to-provider communication to improve care transitions. AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest and most influential community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Learn more at aiga.org/about. Join us for the 20th AIGA Design Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 30 to April 1, 2020. For more information and registration, visit designconference.aiga.org. Follow @AIGAdesign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
13:11
January 23, 2020
Miya Osaki and Tina Park, Healthcare Experience Designers, Educators, and Podcasters
"So, how is that design?!" Miya Osaki and Tina Park, founders of Diagram Design, educators at the School of Visual Arts, and podcasters at Yah No Podcast talk with Lee-Sean Huang about the urgent need for design in healthcare and their unconventional paths to getting to where they are now.  Transcript: https://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/inspiration/design-future-now/episode-3/ Miya brings her skills in interaction design, human-centered research, storytelling, and behavior design to create experiences that improve outcomes and empower patients. Prior to founding Diagram, Miya served as Director of Experience Design at Johnson & Johnson's Global Strategic Design Office where she created innovative solutions for patients managing chronic conditions. She has received patients and awards for device designs and interfaces for people living with diabetes. She is the pioneer recipient of a Design Matters Fellowship with the UNICEF Innovation team. Miya was recently appointed as Chair to MFA Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts. Miya earned an MFA from Art Center College of Design, Media Design Program and a BA in Printmaking and Art History, UC Santa Cruz. She has received 2 patents and awards for her blood glucose meter UI designs. Tina has had significant experience in leading innovative research within healthcare organizations. At Johnson & Johnson's Global Strategic Design Office she pioneered a design research team implementing innovative research methods that uncover the voice of the patient. She has also held research posts at Stanford University Hospital working on Project HealthDesign – a grant funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation on Diabetes management. She has served as an adjunct instructor in The School of Visual Arts’ master’s program, Design for Social Innovation. Tina holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and an MFA from Art Center College of Design. Her work has been published in several textbooks and international journals. AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest and most influential community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Learn more at aiga.org/about. Join us for the 20th AIGA Design Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 30 to April 1, 2020. For more information and registration, visit designconference.aiga.org. Follow @AIGAdesign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
41:19
January 15, 2020
Jack Roberts, Cherokee author, designer, educator, and filmmaker
Jack Roberts talks to AIGA's Lee-Sean Huang about design, storytelling, leadership, and more.  Episode transcript: https://www.aiga.org/aiga/content/inspiration/design-future-now/episode-2/ Jack Roberts is the founder and chief executive of storylab® the global narrativedesign® firm dedicated to transforming the human story. Through storylab® Jack consults Global Top 100s and Fortune 50 companies on narrative design®, storytelling, data synthesis, innovation, change design, communication design, media design, strategic design, business design, creative leadership and leading creatives. He is the inventor of the narrativedesign® framework which is a unique blend of design thinking and storytelling. storylab® uses the framework to transform cultures and build innovative stories in every sector. Additionally, they are using it in the development of original content in global markets from the upcoming traditional TV series, Dadless, to a slate of feature films, as well as new forms of narrative altogether.   As a storyteller, Jack is the bestselling author of more than 20 books, including Echo Designs Her Way Out of a Paper Bag: How to Change Anything Using Design Thinking (+ Storytelling!). He is a published poet, and the award-winning author of more than 10 screenplays. He is also an award-winning actor, producer, and production designer in feature film and television with 23 international awards to date. As a designer, Jack creates and facilitates experiencs, education, media, product development, brand identity, narratives, scenario work and change for global firms, national restaurants, entrepreneurs, subject matter experts, and educational institutions.   Jack is a first-gen graduate, a tribal citizen of the Cherokee Nation, a member of SAG/AFTRA/WGA/PGA/DGA, sits on two non-profit boards, and holds a Global Executive Masters in Strategic Design and Management from Parsons School of Design in Paris. He teaches design, management, and storytelling during the summer at the Parsons School of Design in New York. AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest and most influential community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all.  Join us for the 20th AIGA Design Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 30 to April 1, 2020. For more information and registration, visit designconference.aiga.org. Follow @AIGAdesign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
39:41
December 23, 2019
Sarah Gibbons and Jodi Forlizzi, AIGA Design Conference 2020 Speakers
Sarah Gibbons, Chief Designer, Nielsen Norman Group, and Jodi Forlizzi, Professor and Geschke Director, HCII, Carnegie Mellon University, talk to Lee-Sean Huang about their work and how they have applied and expanded their expertise in communication design to the wider context of services and systems.  Both Sarah and Jodi are scheduled to speak at the 20th AIGA Design Conference in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, March 30 to April 1, 2020.  For more information and to register for the conference, visit designconference.aiga.org. Transcript: www.aiga.org/aiga/content/inspiration/design-future-now/episode-1/ About AIGA AIGA, the professional association for design, advances design as a professional craft, strategic advantage, and vital cultural force. As the largest and most influential community of design advocates, AIGA brings together practitioners, enthusiasts, and patrons to amplify the voice of design and creates the vision for a collective future. AIGA defines global standards and ethical practices, guides design education, inspires designers and the public, enhances professional development, and makes powerful tools and resources accessible to all. Learn more at aiga.org/about.  Follow @AIGAdesign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 
15:50
December 17, 2019
AIGA Design Future Now Extended Trailer
Season 1 Trailer Transcript  Tina Park: When we explain something like this, people say, "so how is that design?" Lee-Sean Huang: Maybe that should be the name of the podcast, "So How Is That Design? Jack Roberts: It's really an identity crisis. We had this shared struggle, this shared identity of designers against the world, and struggling for their say at the table and really working very hard for it. But it's not that different than so many other social movements. Jodi Forlizzi: We are no longer designing one thing, but we're designing systems of interconnected services, people, and resources. That means that designers really need to shift the way that they think and the way that they design. Sarah Gibbons: We can create culture, and businesses can start to embed design at a strategy level. We haven't even started to see the effects of what that can mean for the products we create and the businesses that become. Lee-Sean Huang: How is design changing as a discipline and profession and how do we face these challenges and opportunities as a community? We explore these questions and more on Design Future Now from AIGA, the professional association for design. Jack Roberts: I am a little bit cowboy and a little bit Indian. I'm both Cherokee Native American and also grew up in the Wild West of Oklahoma, a place not many people venture out of, to places like New York or Los Angeles or Paris, where I spend most of my time. Growing up in the Cherokee nation, the way that I did, moving around as much as I did and reinventing myself constantly, I started to notice these patterns. And really to me, design is ultimately about finding the insights of patterning and clustering and pulling those out and weaving them together into something that's meaningful. It's really about meaning-making, and storytelling is essentially the same thing. It's the vehicle that allows us to make meaning. I have a queue of over a hundred websites I've designed that I'll never do anything with simply because it's my stress relief. And I think that the stories that I tell ultimately have a real design through-line. Miya Osaki: With tech and healthcare right now, it is at a breakneck speed. And we're not sure if the right things are getting designed. And we may not know that, but now's the opportunity for designers to get involved, to try to influence that. To get to the areas that we want to impact in healthcare, we really have to think about what are patients doing. What are doctors doing? How do we want them to do things differently in the future? We want to improve the experience for cancer patients, or we want to change a conversation between a patient and a doctor. And that's really different than saying we're going to redesign the signage in an emergency room. We think it's a shift to defined our space before implementation because you really have to focus on the needs of users, and that's what design does best. But in healthcare, if you don't do that very early in the process, you kind of lose your window of opportunity. Email: podcast@aiga.org // Leave us a voicemail: https://anchor.fm/designfuturenow And stay in touch on social media: https://www.instagram.com/designfuturenow/ https://twitter.com/designfuturenow https://www.facebook.com/designfuturenow
02:49
December 16, 2019