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AIGA Design Podcasts

By AIGA, the professional association for design
How is design changing as a discipline and profession? What are the current landscapes and future horizons of innovation? ​What are the opportunities for the design community? AIGA explores these questions and more with creative practitioners and​ business​ leaders​ to deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future.
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Fireside Chat with Bennie F. Johnson and Lynda Decker, Creative Director at Decker Design
Join AIGA's Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with design industry leaders and innovators. These conversations seek to inspire dynamic new conversations in and outside of the design community. This episode's guest is Lynda Decker, Creative Director at Decker Design. Watch the video version of this episode here: https://vimeo.com/707103701  This episode was originally livestreamed during the AIGA Design + Business Conference 2022.
42:16
May 19, 2022
Design Adjacent with Catherine Clark, Founder and Paul McDowall on changing spaces, designing around people, and not being perfect
In 2001, Catherine and Paul joined forces to create an original agency concept, built around the idea that true collaborative thinking and different perspectives can solve brand challenges holistically—and better. Together, with their talented team of brand architects, they partner with some of the world’s most forward-looking brands. Their strategic and creative guidance has helped brands better our world by tackling the important topics such as sustainability, health and wellness, and empowerment head on. Catherine sets the vision for the business and shapes the strategic direction for the work. Growing up in Paris as a child of parents who worked for the United Nations, she was brought up in an international community, steeped in colorful stories, beliefs, and values. That ultimately fueled her passion for entrepreneurship and the potential she sees in people and businesses to make our world better. Paul is the creative force behind the business. He grew up in Liverpool, UK, a hotbed of creativity with many musicians, writers and artists. His surroundings shaped his perspective and created a deep-seated curiosity to create, make and explore the potential in things. His guidance inspires new ideas and unlocks new ways of thinking. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
47:15
May 17, 2022
Fireside Chat with Bennie F. Johnson and Michael Bierut, Partner at Pentagram
Join AIGA's Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with design industry leaders and innovators. These conversations seek to inspire dynamic new conversations in and outside of the design community. This episode's guest is Michael Bierut, Pentagram partner and AIGA Medalist. Watch the video version of this episode here: https://vimeo.com/706622293 This episode was originally livestreamed during the AIGA Design + Business Conference 2022. 
50:44
May 13, 2022
Fireside Chat with Bennie F. Johnson and Katrina Alcorn, General Manager, Design at IBM
Join AIGA's Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with design industry leaders and innovators. These conversations seek to inspire dynamic new conversations in and outside of the design community. The guest in this episode is Katrina Alcorn, General Manager, Design at IBM. This Fireside Chat was recorded and streamed live at the 2022 AIGA Design + Business Conference.  Watch the video version of this interview here: https://vimeo.com/706580811
46:60
May 05, 2022
Design Adjacent with Bret Recor on shifting the agency model, being a true partner, and environmental impact
Bret is an industrial designer, entrepreneur, and investor. He is the founder and director of the award-winning design studio, Box Clever, which is renowned for creating physical products and experiences that delight consumers and build category-leading brands. The studio is responsible for designing best-selling products including Away luggage, Caraway cookware, and July air conditioners. The San Francisco-based design practice operates at the intersection of industrial design, brand strategy, and investment. Bret’s expertise lies in balancing creative vision with real-world experience and engineering prowess. He understands the nuances of taking an idea from concept to market. Specializing in consumer products, and with focus on the creation of physical experiences that enhance human relationships, Box Clever operates under the belief that anything can be successfully designed. He is committed to executing a challenge to its most brilliant realization. To do this, he balances creative vision with real-world experience of industrial design, brand strategy, and business ventures. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
41:19
May 03, 2022
Design Future Live with JoAnn Holmes on Intellectual Property and Web3
This episode is a recording of an interactive livestream hosted by Lee-Sean Huang, AIGA's director of design content and learning, in conversation with JoAnn Holmes, an IP and digital asset attorney and host of the "Your Business Ally" podcast. Jo helps creators develop smart Web3 strategies to monetize intellectual property. Her expertise helps clients navigate a range of IP and Web3 topics, including , NFTs, blockchain tech, regulations, taxes, and contracts.   Jo will also be doing a workshop on intellectual property and Web 3.0 at the AIGA Design + Business Conference, May 4-6 (Online). Join us: https://www.aiga.org/design/design-conferences/aiga-design-business-conference Watch the video version of this episode here: https://vimeo.com/703971387 
33:55
April 28, 2022
Design Adjacent with Minal Bopaiah on being stewards of equity, storytelling, and being a reluctant entrepreneurship
Minal is an author, speaker, and strategic consultant with more than 20 years of professional experience. Her areas of expertise include human-centered design, behavior change science, and the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to media, marketing and communications, and organization design. As the Founder and Principal Consultant of Brevity & Wit, Minal is passionate about designing for equity. Her work includes working with NPR’s news managers to design a system for diversifying news sources. She is also the creator and facilitator for the DEI Executive Forum, a six-month cohort learning experience for general managers in public media that helps them become more equitable leaders and develop a strategic plan to accomplish their DEI goals. Minal’s previous work includes being an educational content specialist for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street and its international co-productions, and a press intern for Doctors Without Borders. She is a sought-after keynote speaker, and her thought leadership has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and TheHill.com. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
42:12
April 19, 2022
Design Adjacent with Steven Heller on first days, joys of incompetence, and the tentacles of design
Steven is graphic designer, art director, design critic and author. He has held the position of senior art director at New York Times Book Review and is also a prolific writer, having authored and co-authored over 200 books about the history and practice of typography, illustration, graphic design, popular culture and propaganda. He also worked as an editor for the prestigious AIGA Journal of Graphic Design. He is the co-founder and co-chair (with Lita Talarico) of the MFA Designer as entrepreneur program at the School of Visual Arts in New York, where he lectures on the history of graphic design and teaches a writing class in SVA Design Writing, Research and Criticism. He also was co-director for ten years of SVA’s Modernism & Eclecticism: A History of American Graphic Design symposiums. With Seymour Chwast, he co-founded Push Pin Editions, a packager of visual books, including the forthcoming "Hell: The People & Places" illustrated by Chwast; and with his wife Louise Fili he has produced over twenty books and design products for Chronicle Books, PA Press and other publishers. Steven is the recipient of the Smithsonian Institution National Design Award for "Design Mind," the AIGA Medal for Lifetime Achievement, among other honors. And in 2017, the annual Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary was created to spotlight individuals who best exemplify the tradition of prolific writing and boundless curiosity. In Fall 2022 his book, "Growing Up Underground: A Memoir Of Counterculture New York" will be published by PA Press. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
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April 05, 2022
Design Adjacent with Matt Mullenweg on working remote vs distributed work, music, distractions, and augmented reality
About Matt Mullenweg Matt Mullenweg, founding developer of WordPress, the Open Source software used by over 40% of the web, including this site. WordPress is a part of who Matt is; he can’t not work on WordPress. The company celebrated 15 years in 2018. The project touches a lot of people, something he’s recently begun to appreciate and he considers himself very lucky to be able to work on something he loves so much. In late 2005, Matt left WordPress to found a company called Automattic, which is now the force behind WordPress.com, Jetpack, WooCommerce, Simplenote, Longreads, The Atavist, and many other products. The company’s mission—make the web a better place. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
46:38
March 22, 2022
Michael Arndt on Snails & Monkey Tails: A Visual Guide to Punctuation & Symbols
Join host Lee-Sean Huang for Design Future Live, an interview show about how the design industry is changing as a discipline and opportunities this creates for the design community. In this episode, we will be talking with Michael Arndt about his upcoming book, Snails & Monkey Tails A Visual Guide to Punctuation & Symbols. This interview was originally livestreamed on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. Order Snails & Monkey Tails from Amazon or wherever you get books: amzn.to/3JhYqEh Michael Arndt is an award-winning graphic designer and author and illustrator of several books including Cat Says Meow and other animalopoeia, My Heart Grows, Minimal New York City: Graphic, Gritty, and Witty, One Yellow Sun, Thoughts Are Air, and rAinbowZ. His love of language and typography inspired this book. Michael lives in New York City with his dog Clooney and his cat Greta. In his spare time, he can be found online correcting other people’s punctuation.
30:20
March 17, 2022
Ian Lynam on the Impossibility of Silence: Writing for Designers, Artists & Photographers
Join host Lee-Sean Huang for Design Future Live, an interview show about how the design industry is changing as a discipline and opportunities this creates for the design community. In this episode, we will be talking with Ian Lynam about his book, The Impossibility of Silence: Writing for Designers, Artists & Photographers. This interview was originally livestreamed on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. Watch the video version of the interview here: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/ian-lynam-design-future-live-with-ian-lynam Buy The Impossibility of Silence on Artbook.com. Use code AIGAMEMBER25 for 25% off: https://www.artbook.com/9789493148390.html  From the publisher of The Impossibility of Silence: Despite the seemingly common expectation that art should be able to speak for itself, creators are often asked to explain the process behind their work, their experiences in their vocation, and, perhaps most dauntingly, the meaning conveyed by any particular piece. Drawing upon his own unique career trajectory across multiple fields as a writer, designer and teacher, Tokyo-based artist Ian Lynam offers readers a variety of approaches to writing about creative fields.Called “the Hunter S. Thompson of design writing,” Lynam uses his industry knowledge and sharp sense of humor to convey his philosophy on writing specifically in a professional creative setting. This volume is not so much a straightforward how-to guide on how to write an artist’s statement as it is an honest meditation on how difficult—and how important—it is for creators to have the facilities to articulate the ethos behind their own work. Lynam encourages readers to think of the blank page as another sort of canvas, a space of potential, a landscape on which an artist may explore themselves and their work farther than they thought possible. Lynam provides both inspirational text as a jumping-off point for readers as well as concrete techniques in terms of craft.
38:09
March 15, 2022
Design Adjacent with Brandi Parker on sustainability, evolving behaviors, future considerations, and designing recycling
Join us for a new episode of Design Adjacent were we talk sustainability, evolving behaviors, future considerations, and designing recycling. What is the future of sustainable design and how do we implement realistic change? As Head of Sustainability at Pearlfisher, Brandi Parker, challenges designers to find answers to those questions. About Brandi Parker Brandi Parker is Head of Sustainability at Pearlfisher. Sustainability is fundamental to how Pearlfisher operates and creates, and is the foundation of the work of all of their teams. In her role, Brandi challenges Pearlfisher's designers to think about the end game at the start, and encourages their clients not to problem-solve based on ease, but on brand experience and environmental impact. She is revered by both for offering innovation and problem-solving, grounded in practicality, which comes from her many years of experience and expertise in technical realization. She firmly believes that the future of sustainable design does not just come down to materials – and managing waste – but implementing realistic and incremental change through a multi-disciplinary approach. By understanding changing culture, continuing to innovate with cutting-edge materials and processes, and joining this with the power of design, Brandi believes we can help change people’s behavior and encourage more sustainable actions and choices. This is where tangible, positive and long-term change will come from. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
42:33
March 08, 2022
Design Thinking? Thank an Engineer.
This episode is the audio version of Steven McCarthy's article in Dialectic (Volume III, Issue I): "Design Thinking? Thank an Engineer, read by Lee-Sean Huang.  Dialectic is an open access scholarly journal of thought leadership, education and practice in the discipline of visual communication design published by the AIGA Design Educators Community and Michigan Publishing.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3998/dialectic.14932326.0003.102  Abstract: The methodology of Design Thinking is pervasive across design disciplines, and to some degree business culture, with many crediting its origins to the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design — the “d.school” — at Stanford University. The d.school was preceded however by decades of curricular innovation, studio practice and research by faculty in Stanford’s Department of Mechanical Engineer- ing and Department of Art as they hosted the Joint [Graduate] Program in Design. Three engineering professors in particular developed concepts in “creative engineering,” “visual thinking,” and “concep- tual blockbusting” that will be shown to be foundational to design thinking. Their ideas influenced Stanford design alumnus David Kelley whose company IDEO brought design thinking to corporations and institutions globally. Biography: Professor Steven McCarthy (MFA, Stanford University) has been on the University of Minnesota graphic design faculty since 1998, and recently achieved emeritus status. He taught graphic design at Northern Kentucky University for nine years prior to this. His long-standing interest in theories of design authorship as both scholar and practitioner has led to lectures, exhibits, publications and grant-funded research in a dozen countries. McCarthy’s creative work has been in over 135 juried and invitational exhibitions, and has been awarded inclusion in the AIGA annual and in Graphis Poster. Institutional ‘special collections’ that have acquired McCarthy’s work include these universities and art and design academies: Yale, Harvard, Stanford, Virginia Commonwealth, Minnesota, Cincinnati, Ohio State, the Art Institute of Chicago and Washington (Seattle). He has published written work in Design Issues, Eye, Visible Language, Visual Design Scholarship, The Poster, and Visual Communication among others. His book on the topic of design authorship, The Designer As... Author, Producer, Activist, Entrepreneur, Curator and Collaborator: New Models for Communicating was published in 2013 by BIS Publishers, Amsterdam.  
43:15
March 01, 2022
Design Adjacent with Maurice Cherry on analog and digital design, math, and the Metaverses
About Maurice Cherry Maurice is a designer, strategist and podcaster located in Atlanta, GA. He is principal and creative director at Lunch, an award-winning multidisciplinary studio he created in 2008 that helps creative brands craft messages and tell stories for their targeted audiences, including fostering relationships with underrepresented communities. Maurice is also a pioneering digital creator who is most well-known for Revision Path, an award-winning podcast which is the first podcast to be added to the permanent collection of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture. Maurice’s projects and overall design work and advocacy have been recognized by Apple, Adobe, Blavity, NPR, Lifehacker, Design Observer, Entrepreneur, PRINT Magazine, AIGA, the Columbia Journalism Review, Forbes, Fast Company, and many other print and digital outlets. Additionally, Maurice is an educator, and has built curricula and taught courses on web design, web development, email marketing, WordPress, and podcasting for thousands of students over the past ten years. Maurice is a Maryland Institute College of Art 2021 William O. Steinmetz designer in residence, the 2018 recipient of the Steven Heller Prize for Cultural Commentary from AIGA. Maurice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Morehouse College and a Masters degree in telecommunications management from Keller Graduate School of Management. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
45:44
February 22, 2022
Design Adjacent with Pek Pongpaet on careers, writing code, power of play in problem solving
About Pek Ponpaet Pek is the founder of Impekable, a digital product studio that helps enterprise and B2B SaaS companies create better products through user experience design. Impekable has designed and created products for X, Alphabet’s moonshot factory, Adobe, Twilio, Pentair, two startups acquired by Palo Alto Networks. Impekable has been recognized as one of America’s fastest growing businesses on the Inc. 5000 list 3 times in a row. Prior to Impekable, Pek designed and developed next generation user interfaces at Accenture Technology Labs’ HCI group, and created interactive experiences for clients including Tesla and USAF at digital agency Roundarch Isobar. Pek loves helping startups and is a product mentor at accelerators and incubators including TechStars, 1871, and Bosch’s Chicago Connectory. He also has a design podcast called What is UX where he interviews design leaders from companies such as Tesla, Netflix and Youtube on the topic of user experience design. He helps enterprises and startups achieve their goals through product strategy, world class user experience design, software engineering and app development. He is also a mentor, helping others by sharing his story and offering advice to those in startups and product development. Pek's podcast: What is UX? https://whatisux.co/  About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
42:18
February 08, 2022
Special Edition: More mentorship, please! But what does that mean?
“Mentorship” is one one of those warm fuzzy words. We know we want it. We know it’s a good thing. But what exactly does mentorship mean, and how do we make it work for our own unique needs? How can we be more effective mentors and mentees?  We explore these questions in this special edition of the AIGA Design Podcast, where we revisit the voices of experts who have spoken to our community over the last few years. We also do a deep dive into AIGA NY’s Mentorship Program to understand what it takes to structure and sustain meaningful professional relationships. https://aiganymentorship.org/   This episode was produced and hosted by Lee-Sean Huang, director of design content and learning. Additional production assistance by Tanvi Bihani. Special thanks to Stacey Panousopoulos. View the full transcript of the episode here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/artllnubjirixo0/AIGA-Podcast-MoreMentorship.txt?dl=0   Here are all of the guest voices you will hear on the show (in order of first appearance): Julia Lamm, PwC Meaghan Dee, AIGA DEC / Virginia Tech Gaby Hernandez, AIGA DEC and DEI / University of Arkansas Art Taylor, BBB Wise Giving Alliance Jane Kim, AIGA NY / Salesforce Caspar Lam, AIGA NY / Synoptic Office Janine Toro, AIGA NY / Instrument Michael Bierut, AIGA Medalist / Pentagram Kaleena Sales, AIGA DEC / Tennessee State University, Neeta Verma, University of Notre Dame Pek Pongpaet, Impekable Robert Smith, Think Smith Andy Budd, design founder and advisor David Asari, AIGA SF / California College of the Arts Ram Castillo, designer, author, advisor
47:16
February 04, 2022
Design Adjacent: Cheryl Heller on career changes, innovation, doing things the hard way, and being an entrepreneur
Cheryl Heller is a leader, designer, scholar, business strategist and an author. Her experience spans corporate, philanthropic, nonprofit, and academic worlds, and in each role and organization, she has created and grown groundbreaking programs. She founded two companies and created successful new programs at the School of Visual Arts in New York and Arizona State University. She has taught creativity to leaders around the world, helped grow clients’ businesses from small regional enterprises to multi-billion global market leaders, launched category-redefining divisions and products, reinvigorated cultures, and designed strategies for hundreds of successful entrepreneurs. About Cheryl Heller Cheryl Heller is a leader, designer, scholar, business strategist and an author. Her experience spans corporate, philanthropic, nonprofit, and academic worlds, and in each role and organization, she has created and grown groundbreaking programs. She founded two companies and created successful new programs at the School of Visual Arts in New York and Arizona State University.  She has taught creativity to leaders around the world, including the USA, UK, Kenya, Mexico, Ghana, Sierra  Leone, India, China and South Korea. She has helped grow clients’ businesses from small regional enterprises to multi-billion global market leaders, launched category-redefining divisions and products, reinvigorated cultures, and designed strategies for hundreds of successful entrepreneurs. Cheryl’s most recent position was ASU’s Director of Design Integration and Professor of Practice in Innovation U, she launched the first transdisciplinary STEM MS program in innovation and venture development, relaunched and scaled a transdisciplinary undergrad program, and developed curriculum for an engineering design program. Prior to joining ASU, Cheryl launched and chaired the first STEM master’s program in Design for Social Innovation at the School of Visual Arts in New York. She has also led a multi-year project using design to support youth as they age out of foster care and she recently completed her doctoral research on the  performative role that language plays in our ability to design for social equity. And, in 2014, Cheryl was awarded the AIGA Medal for her contribution to the field of design: “Recognized for deftly embodying the many dimensions of communication design and for inspiring and guiding people and organizations to use design for social innovation as a strategic tool to improve the human experience.” About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
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January 25, 2022
Design Adjacent with Gail Anderson: road trips, The Jackson Five, design, and investing your time
About Gail Anderson Gail Anderson is an NYC-based designer, educator, and writer. She is Chair of BFA Design and BFA Advertising at the School of Visual Arts and the creative director at Visual Arts Press. She has served as senior art director at Rolling Stone, creative director of design at SpotCo, and as a designer at The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine and Vintage Books. She has taught at SVA for 30 years and has co-authored 15 books on design, typography, and illustration with Steven Heller. Anderson serves on the Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee for the US Postal Service and the advisory boards of Poster House and The One Club for Creativity. She is an AIGA Medalist and the 2018 recipient of the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Lifetime Achievement Award for Design. Her work is represented in the Library of Congress’s permanent collections, the Milton Glaser Design Archives, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
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January 11, 2022
Fireside Chat with Theresa Fitzgerald, VP Creative, Sesame Workshop
AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson talks with today's leaders in design, business, and technology, focused around the topics of leadership growth, the future of work, and creating a culture of design. Join us in welcoming Theresa Fitzgerald, Vice President of Creative at Sesame Workshop. Theresa Fitzgerald is vice president creative at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street. She leads the in-house Brand Creative Services team dedicated to the mission of helping kids grow stronger, smarter and kinder. Fitzgerald has spent more than 25 years developing creative to entertain, educate and engage young minds. Prior to Sesame, she oversaw design and branding vision at Nickelodeon, Snoopy & Peanuts, Scholastic and National Geographic. She is an adjunct professor at New York University/Steinhart teaching design; an educational team member at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum supporting Design in the Classroom, and has been a guest speaker at New York University, School of Visual Arts, AIGA New York City, Parsons The New School, Cooper Hewitt Family Day, Rochester Institute of Technology and Brand New Conference. Fitzgerald is committed to problem solving, mind-evolving and boiling it down to the essence of the big idea with humor and delight. Watch the captioned video version of this Fireside Chat here: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/theresa-fitzgerald-fireside-chat-with-theresa-fitzgerald
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December 22, 2021
Fireside Chat with Randy J. Hunt, former Head of Design at Grab
AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson talks with today's leaders in design, business, and technology, focused around the topics of leadership growth, the future of work, and creating a culture of design. Join us in welcoming Randy J. Hunt, Head of Design at Grab, where he leads a team of designers, writers, engineers, and researchers who create Southeast Asia’s Super App. He has served as Head of Design at Artsy and VP of Design at Etsy. In 2014, Etsy was honored with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Corporate & Institutional Achievement. Randy is the author of Product Design for the Web, which explores the evolving discipline of product design for today’s connected world. He is an active writer, lecturer, critic, and visiting designer at many colleges and universities.  https://www.randyjhunt.com/  Watch the captioned video version of this interview here: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/randy-hunt-fireside-chat-with-randy-hunt
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December 21, 2021
Fireside Chat with Alex Center, Owner, CENTER
AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson talks with today's leaders in design, business, and technology, focused around the topics of leadership growth, the future of work, and creating a culture of design. Join us in welcoming Alex Center, Owner of CENTER, a branding and design studio in Brooklyn, NY. Prior to opening his own studio, Alex worked for over a decade for The Coca-Cola Company where he led the strategy and design vision for the billion dollar beverage brands vitaminwater, smartwater and POWERADE. Over the years, Alex has designed packaging that has been in hands across the globe, created breakthrough marketing campaigns and launched innovative new products. https://center.design/ Watch the captioned video version of this interview here: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/alex-center-fireside-chat-with-alex-center 
54:07
December 20, 2021
Design Future Now with Robert Smith, author of Stop Looking For Zebras
In this previously live-streamed episode of Design Future Now , host Lee-Sean Huang has a conversation with Robert Smith about mentorship, coaching, running an agency, and more. Robert Smith is a creative director, agency owner, author, creative coach, professor and founding member of RGD (Association of Registered Graphic Designers). After 30 years in the creative industry, Rob is as inspired, driven and energized as he was the day he started his career. Through Think-Smith, Rob’s helps other designers and design teams feel the same way with workshops, coaching and strategies. Pre-order Robert’s new book Stop Looking For Zebras on the Think-Smith site here: https://www.think-smith.com/stoplookingforzebras Watch the captioned video version of the interview here: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/robert-smith-design-future-live-with-robert-smith 
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December 16, 2021
Design Adjacent - Terry Irwin on wicked problems, shifting mindsets, and tango
On this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent… Terry Irwin is a professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and the Director of its Transition Design Institute. From 2009 until 2019, she was the Head of the School of Design, where she led the faculty in a redesign of curricula at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to place design for society and the environment at the heart of all programs. In this episode of the AIGA Design Adjacent, Bennie Johnson talks with Terry about wicked problems, shifting our mindsets, waking up the knowledge we already have, and tango. About Terry Irwin Terry Irwin is a Professor in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University and the Director of its Transition Design Institute. From 2009 until 2019 she was the Head of the School of Design, where she led the faculty in a redesign of curricula at the undergraduate, masters and doctoral levels to place design for society and the environment at the heart of all programs. In 2003 Terry briefly left the field of design and moved to Devon, England to undertake a master’s Degree in Holistic Science at Schumacher College/Plymouth University, with the goal of learning to design in a more sustainable and socially responsible way. After completing her master’s degree, Terry joined the faculty at Schumacher College and taught design to students from diverse backgrounds such as biology, ecology, physics, sociology and activism. In 2007 she moved to Scotland to undertake doctoral studies at the Centre for the Study of Natural Design at the University of Dundee. Since completing those studies, Terry’s efforts have been directed toward seeding and  catalyzing positive, systems-level change within design education and practice. Her recent  work has focused on making the tools and approaches used by designers available to  transdisciplinary teams working to address complex, systems problems. In 2015, along with co-creators Gideon Kossoff and Cameron Tonkinwise, Terry launched Transition  Design, a new area of design focus aimed at addressing wicked problems and catalyzing societal transitions toward more sustainable, equitable and desirable long-term futures. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
35:06
December 14, 2021
Design Future Now: Studio HMVD on navigating appropriation and reuse of creative work with integrity
In this special edition of Design Future Now, host Lee-Sean Huang has a conversation with Studio HMVD partners Heather-Mariah Dixon and Abigail Kerns about their branding and content production studio, creative appropriation, navigating permissions and licensing for creative content, and more. Studio HMVD http://studiohmvd.com/ Watch the video version of this episode here: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/heather-mariah-dixon-abigail-kerns-design-future-now-with-studio-hmvd   Links to professionals mentioned in the show: Ro & Co studio: https://www.roandcostudio.com/ Noemie Le Coz: http://www.noemielecoz.com/ Leandro Assis http://lebassis.com/ Verena Michelitsch: https://verenamichelitsch.com/ Tyler Mitchell https://www.tylermitchell.co/ Vocal Type (Tré Seals) https://www.vocaltype.co/ Jon Henry: https://www.jonhenryphotography.com/#1 Party of One Studio: https://partyofone.studio/ Samendinger Law (Studio HMVD's lawyer): https://www.samendinger.law/
35:23
December 10, 2021
Design Adjacent: Isaiah Steinfeld on entrepreneurship, mentorship, and the future of design
Isaiah Steinfeld is a proven startup veteran and innovation leader with the unique ability to deeply empathize with the user/customer while creating a big product vision. In the entrepreneurial space, he focuses on innovation capability that helps identify, develop, and invest in new future-focused opportunities. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, Bennie Johnson talks with Isaiah about entrepreneurship, mentorship, and the future of design. About Isaiah Steinfeld Isaiah Steinfeld has successfully built, launched, and scaled disruptive products and businesses (Lyft, Intuit Workforce) for over a decade. Steinfeld most recently participated in the On Deck Founder Fellowship program, researching and building in the early stages of his next startup. Before On Deck, Steinfeld held a leadership role as a Digital Product Leader and Entrepreneur at Nike inside their Advanced Innovation division: Valiant Labs, where he led global exploration around emerging technologies like AI/ML, IoT, XR, and Blockchain and founded new business ventures/startups to help create the future of sport and commerce for Nike. In addition to leading and growing companies, Isaiah publicly speaks and writes about innovation, design, and technology. He is also actively involved in the tech community serving as a mentor, advisor, and investor with various startups, funds, and early-stage accelerators (TechStars, Berkeley Blockchain, MIT Technology Review, and more) focused primarily on early and growth-stage companies in the software and emerging tech space. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
33:13
November 30, 2021
Design Future Live with Pek Pongpaet
Join host Lee-Sean Huang for an interview show about how the design industry is changing as a discipline and opportunities this creates for the design community. In this episode, we will be talking with Pek Pongpaet about design entrepreneurship, mentorship, and more. This episode originally aired as a livestream on November 17, 2021: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=180uN44_vbI Pek Pongpaet is the founder of Impekable, a digital product studio that helps enterprise and B2B SaaS companies create better products through user experience design. Impekable has designed and created products for X, Alphabet's moonshot factory, Adobe, Twilio, Pentair, two startups acquired by Palo Alto Networks. Impekable has been recognized as one of America's fastest growing businesses on the Inc. 5000 list 3 times in a row. Prior to Impekable, Pek designed and developed next generation user interfaces at Accenture Technology Labs' HCI group, and created interactive experiences for clients including Tesla and USAF at digital agency Roundarch Isobar. Pek loves helping startups and is a product mentor at accelerators and incubators including TechStars, 1871, and Bosch's Chicago Connectory. Pek also has a design podcast called What is UX where he interviews design leaders from companies such as Tesla, Netflix and Youtube on the topic of user experience design. https://www.impekable.com/  https://whatisux.co/
32:24
November 26, 2021
Fireside Chat: Art Taylor (Special Giving Tuesday Edition)
Join AIGA's Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with Art Taylor, President and CEO of BBB Wise Giving Alliance (https://give.org/). This Giving Tuesday Fireside Chat isn’t just about giving money; it’s about giving time, space, and recognition to those who are and have been systemically underrepresented in design. Bennie and Art will discuss the need for an allied vision set on supporting and magnifying new perspectives that have otherwise been shadowed by the majority.  This conversation originally aired as a livestream on Monday, November 22. Watch on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EIsctkAhfmk
42:04
November 23, 2021
ReStart: Nicole Belyna on human resources lessons from the pandemic
Nicole Belyna, SHRM-SCP is a field services director at SHRM and possesses more than 15 years in human resources, specializing talent management and leadership. In this episode of The ReStart from AIGA, Nicole and host Lee-Sean Huang talk about HR lessons learned from the first year and a half of the pandemic and ways for people managers to adapt and lead their teams forward.  Download the SHRM report referenced in the episode here: https://www.shrm.org/ResourcesAndTools/hr-topics/people-managers/Pages/2020-lessons-learned.aspx This episode was originally published as a video recording on AIGA.org. You can watch the captioned video here: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/nicole-belyna-restart-with-nicole-belyna 
27:44
November 22, 2021
Fireside Chat with Judy Wert on design career paths
AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson talks with today's leaders in design, business, and technology, focused around the topics of leadership growth, the future of work, and creating a culture of design. Join us in welcoming Judy Wert, Co-Founder, Wert&Co Executive Search. Judy has been working with the leadership of innovative companies for over 25 years. She has earned an international reputation as a pivotal force in executive search. A trusted authority in the world of design and business, Judy is also known for bringing an added dimension to her work—a humanistic approach—fostering deep relationships through empathy, intuition, and curiosity. This episode was originally livestreamed on November 10, 2021 as part of the first ever AIGA Career Festival: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3U1pQXPUaH8  Wert&Co: https://www.wertco.com/ 
42:50
November 19, 2021
Design Adjacent: W. David Hubbard on the hows and whys of creativity
W. David Hubbard is Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Verizon. He leads Verizon’s marketing, intellectual property, and new media law and policy team. David also serves as general counsel for the philanthropic Verizon Foundation, dedicated to solving critical social issues in the areas of education, health care and energy management, particularly in underserved communities. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, host Bennie Johnson talks with David about not only the creative field but his path and why creativity was instrumental in career and offers listeners an opportunity to hear how legal and marketing can work together. About W. David Hubbard W. David Hubbard serves as Vice President & Deputy General Counsel for Verizon Communications.  He is located in Basking Ridge, New Jersey and leads Verizon’s Consumer Marketing and Products and Growth and Revenue legal team which provides support for Verizon’s portfolio of Consumer businesses including Verizon Wireless, Verizon Telecom, Verizon Consumer Markets, and Visible, among others.   He and his team provide support to Verizon Consumer Group’s Chief Revenue Officer and are responsible for providing legal counsel and guidance for all consumer products, devices and services; business initiatives and national advertising and marketing campaigns targeting consumers in all media; marketing strategy; advertising litigation; regulatory and network compliance; promotions; sweepstakes; external communications; corporate responsibility and compliance with state and federal regulations as well as applicable consumer protection laws. In addition to the above, Mr. Hubbard previously led Verizon’s Intellectual Property and Digital media legal teams and served as the General Counsel for the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon which is dedicated to solving critical social issues in the areas of education, healthcare and energy management, particularly in underserved communities. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
29:21
November 16, 2021
ReStart: Molly Murphy on using data to design hybrid experiences
Molly Murphy is Co-Managing Director of Gensler's New York office. Molly champions collaboration, design innovation, and entrepreneurial thinking. She co-founded the Digital Experience Design (DXD) practice, overseeing its operational strategy and implementation across multiple offices as well as co-founded Intelligent Places, the firm’s expertise in harnessing data analytics to advance performance of the built environment. In our ReStart interview, Molly and host Lee-Sean Huang talked about using data to design hybrid experiences. This episode was originally published as a video recording on AIGA.org. You can watch the captioned video here: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/molly-murphy-the-restart-with-molly-murphy
33:35
November 08, 2021
Design Adjacent: Dominic Grijalva on finding creativity in a pandemic year
Dominic Grijalva is a designer who primarily works on marketing and advertising projects that call for eye-catching imagery. His passions also lie in branding and identity design, as well as digital media projects that range from large scale such as digitally projected sets for theatre and live events to gifs and animations. Although California bred, he is currently living in Washington Heights, Manhattan and serves as Product Manager for TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, host Bennie Johnson talks with Dominic about finding creativity in a pandemic year, being a Hamilton fan, and Broadway. About Dominic Grijalva As a freelance designer with nine years of professional experience, Dominic Grijalva's talents cover a wide range of media including marketing and advertising campaigns that call for eye-catching imagery, stunning digitally projected sets for theater and live events, merchandise inspired by your favorite Broadway shows, and silly gifs that loop on your phone screen. Dominic is proud to have been recognized by AIGA, Communication Arts, Giphy, the Adobe Design Achievement Awards, and 99u for his print design and digital artwork. His original projection visuals for Les Misérables, The Phantom of the Opera, and other titles have been featured in multiple regional productions around the world including the Kennedy Center. When not so busy chasing inspiration, Dom can be found in a theater catching a show, tending to his house plants, singing and writing new music, or walking his Shiba Inu, Nala. Although California bred, Dominic lives in Washington Heights and serves as Product Manager for TeeRico by Lin-Manuel Miranda. About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
42:01
November 02, 2021
ReStart: Dr. Tracy Brower on hybrid work, happiness, and creativity.
Tracy Brower is a PhD sociologist who studies the sociology of work, future of work, workers, and the workplace. Tracy is a principal with Steelcase's applied research and consulting. She is also the author of the Secrets of Happiness at Work and Bring Work to Life by Bringing Life to Work. She's a contributor to forbes.com and fast company among other publications.  Tracy and the ReStart host Lee-Sean Huang talked about hybrid work, happiness, and creativity. The ReStart from AIGA is a new content series that helps the design community move forward from COVID by posing salient questions and providing practical strategies Watch the video version of this interview: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/dr-tracy-brower-the-restart-with-dr-tracy-brower
27:31
October 29, 2021
Fireside Chat with Robbie Tseng, Vice President, Growth Design at HBO Max
AIGA Executive Director Bennie F. Johnson talks with today's leaders in design, business, and technology, focused around the topics of leadership growth, the future of work, and creating a culture of design. Join us in welcoming Robbie Tseng, Vice President, Growth Design at HBO Max.   This Fireside Chat was originally livestreamed on October 13, 2021. Watch the captioned video version here: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/robbie-tseng-fireside-chat-with-robbie-tseng As the largest professional membership association for design, AIGA offers you deep personal connections with your community. Your membership dues are an investment in yourself, your profession, and a network of creative changemakers, problem solvers, and professionals. Join today: https://aigadsgn.org/3iEEqRa
39:12
October 25, 2021
Design Adjacent: Abby Allen on the strategy of design and beauty of storytelling
Abby Allen is the Founder of Neon Butterfly and as long as Abby can remember she has been fascinated with people and why they do what they do. In that vein she was drawn to the world of communications and has worked in advertising and marketing for over 15 years at some of the largest agencies across the country on brands like Twitter, Olay and Garnier. And just recently, she launched a new reimagine tomorrow project with Disney, reimaginetomorrow.disney.com, a platform amplifying underrepresented voices. In this episode of AIGA Design Adjacent, host Bennie Johnson talks with Abby about the strategy of design, the beauty of storytelling, and what it means to be authentic. About Abby Allen Through her company, Neon Butterfly—the only creative agency of its kind run by a woman of color—Abby offers brands, organizations, and individuals a unique understanding of cultural trends, human behavior, and consumer insights. The latest example is Reimagine Tomorrow, a visionary creative campaign and digital platform developed for Disney that launched in early September. The initiative amplifies underrepresented voices and champions the importance of accurate representation in media, helping Disney bring their commitment to DE&I to life in a meaningful way. Abby’s unique ability to understand people and why they do what they do is born from her experience as a biracial woman in America fused with 20 years working for and leading global brands like Olay, Twitter, and Garnier, at ad agencies like Saatchi & Saatchi, TBWA Chiat Day, and Publicis as well as thousands of hours of study in Tibetan Buddhism and yoga. Her mission is to revolutionize the impact of media on society and change the limiting beliefs we have about ourselves and others, helping organizations infuse their efforts with messaging and practices that promote a better world for us all. Not just because it’s the right thing to do, but because it’s the smart thing to do. You can find her on IG @abbymallen and @_neonbutterfly About AIGA Design Adjacent AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us. About Bennie F. Johnson Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.
51:03
October 19, 2021
A quick announcement and update: new content coming soon
Hi everyone! It's Lee-Sean here. I just wanted to give a quick update about what we're up to at AIGA in terms of podcasts. In short, we'll be expanding from just a single show Design Future Now to become an integrated channel for all of AIGA's audio content. We have a brand new series launching right here next week, so stay tuned for that.  We're also going to be providing audio versions of select webinars and livestreams, so you can listen to AIGA content on the go wherever you are. And for 2022, we will be working on a new mini series around the topic of mentorship and design. So again, our podcast feed will be staying the same. We're just renaming it AIGA Design, so it's consistent with our handles across our other social media. Going forward you can find us at anchor.fm/aigadesign. And there you'll find links so you can subscribe on the podcast platform of your choice. All right. Talk to you soon. Bye!
00:58
October 14, 2021
Megan Marini and Priyanka Jain of 3x3 on Community-Centered Urban Design
This is the audio version of a livestreamed conversation between Lee-Sean Huang and Megan Marini and Priyanka Jain, co-founders and principals of 3x3 Design. 3x3 Design: https://3x3.co/ Toolkit and workshops: https://3x3.co/toolkit/overview/ Watch the recording of the original livestream on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkZVU3Htn5Q Recommended listening: How to Citizen with Baratunde Thurston: https://www.baratunde.com/howtocitizen
27:18
September 22, 2021
ReStart: Taking Collective Action with Educators Alex Robins & Annie Larson
In this special ReStart episode of Design Future Live, Alex Robins and Annie Larson, part-time design educators at The New School and union representatives from the ACT-UAW Local 7902, speak to host Lee-Sean Huang about the challenges and opportunities faced by part time design educators and the power of collective action. The ReStart from AIGA is a new content series that helps the design community move forward from COVID by posing salient questions and providing practical strategies Watch the video version of this interview: https://www.aiga.org/inspiration/talks/alex-robins-annie-larson-challenges-and-opportunities-faced-by-part-time-design ACT-UAW Local 7902, the union for NYU adjuncts and New School part-time faculty, student workers, and health service employees: https://actuaw.org/index.html 
31:40
August 12, 2021
ReStart: Teaching Roomies and Zoomies with Allan Chochinov
The ReStart from AIGA is a new content series that helps the design community move forward from COVID by posing salient questions and providing practical strategies. We are kicking off the series here on the podcast, and will be publishing interviews and panel discussions and other expert content across AIGA’s channels over the next few weeks. In this episode, host Lee-Sean Huang talks with Allan Chochinov about his research and experimentation dealing with the challenges of hybrid teaching, with some students in the room, and some students on Zoom.. Allan is an educator writer, speaker, and advocate for the power and capacity of design. He's the founding chair of the MFA in Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts in New York. How to Teach Hybrid with Zoom and Almost No Money (Short Version!) https://chochinov.medium.com/how-to-teach-hybrid-with-zoom-and-almost-no-money-short-version-950eb22846a6 How to Teach Hybrid in the Fall with Zoom and Almost No Money (LONG VERSION) https://chochinov.medium.com/how-to-teach-hybrid-in-the-fall-with-zoom-and-almost-no-money-8a21bbb9a980 MFA Products of Design at the School of Visual Arts https://productsofdesign.sva.edu/ https://www.allanchochinov.com/ Transcript of the episode https://www.dropbox.com/s/0pie4celdn19fu6/Allan_Chochinov_DFN-Restart.pdf?dl=0
25:31
July 30, 2021
Navigating the disruptions in design education with Lefteris Heretakis
This episode is adapted from a livestreamed conversation between Lee-Sean Huang and Lefteris Heretakis on the challenges and opportunities in design education.  Lefteris Heretakis is a designer and lecturer. Since 1996, Lefteris has worked as a visual communicator with a wide range of clients ranging from startups to multinationals. He’s currently teaching design at IE University in Madrid Spain. His reflexive research is focused on the real-world challenges in education and the unprecedented shifts that have taken place over the past 20 years. Lefteris is also the host of two podcasts: the Design Education Talks podcast by the New Art School and the Designer Talks Podcast by the Chartered Society of Designers. And also since 2019, Lefteris has been organizing the Design Education Forum, a two-day international event that brings practitioners from all over the world to share their experiences teaching art and design. Watch the video recording of the original, unedited livestream interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOFuk_GIyLA Design Education Talks Podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/design-education-talks/id1500384360  Designer Talks Podcast: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/designer-talks-podcast-1858280 
28:04
July 24, 2021
Esther Mun on the joy of staying small and making tangible things
Esther Mun co-founded Little Fury Design in 2006 with her partner Tina Gaudin. Little Fury is an independent design studio of artists that specializes in creative strategy, branding, packaging, and illustration. Esther is a graduate of the school of visual arts SVA in New York, where she earned a degree in graphic design. Before starting Little Fury Design, Esther worked at pentagram and at Duffy and partners. Links to things referenced in the episode: Little Fury Brand + Packaging Design: https://www.littlefury.com/ Little Fury's visual resume: https://www.littlefury.com/resume Little Fury on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/littlefurydesign/  Lil' Cake Toppers: https://www.instagram.com/lilcaketoppers Art and Faith: A Theology of Making by Makoto Fujimura: https://amzn.to/3zTJvvG The Art of Gathering: How We Meet and Why It Matters by Priya Parker: https://amzn.to/3xJzxuU  This episode of Design Future Now was originally recorded as a video livestream. Watch the original unedited video interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnCgJMvdDU8&t=32s
25:39
June 23, 2021
R. Michael Hendrix on What Musical Minds Teach Us About Creativity and Innovation
R. Michael Hendrix is the author of Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation, co-written with Panos A. Panay. Michael is also a partner and global design director at IDEO. He teaches entrepreneurship at the Berklee College of Music. In this episode of Design Future Now, host Lee-Sean Huang talks with Michael about lessons and mindsets from music that designers and other creative leaders can incorporate into their work.  Two Beats Ahead: What Musical Minds Teach Us About Innovation: https://amzn.to/3wV0Q5a Podcast transcript: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PReSqrgfIJGvmC1U9tsTLHpx81bgv1uI/view?usp=sharing Original video livestream version of this interview here: https://youtu.be/C76pLdXQd_U   R. Michael Hendrix on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rmichaelh R. Michael Hendrix on Twitter: https://twitter.com/rmichael Links to work referenced in the episode: USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy: https://iovine-young.usc.edu/  Steve Stoute, The Tanning of America: How Hip-Hop Created a Culture That Rewrote the Rules of the New Economy: https://amzn.to/3cfkBfJ Jeff Tweedy, How to Write One Song: Loving the Things We Create and How They Love Us Back: https://amzn.to/2SP3A5c Björk, Biophilia: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/bj%C3%B6rk-biophilia/id434122935 Follow @AIGADesign on LinkedIn, Facebook, or YouTube to get updates on the latest events and livestreams. 
27:55
June 03, 2021
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 07, 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
28:09
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 02, 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! 
46:30
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 09, 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 02, 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.
14:37
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.
41:20
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
02:50
December 16, 2019
AIGA Design Future Now Teaser
When we explain something like this, people say, "so how is that design?" Maybe that should be the name of the podcast, "So How Is That Design? 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. 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. 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. 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.
00:60
December 15, 2019