Thought I'd pass on the info I just received from Kristine Angell (the coordinator) on a great panel scheduled for September 5th at the Cooper Union. (I'll update this entry after I attend the event.)
(excerpt below from mediabistro)
The Future of Design: A panel discussion on what's driving change in the design industry today
Design is no longer an afterthought, something businesses slap on finished products to make them look pretty as they send them out the door. Design has infiltrated the production process, informing decisions large and small. Design can
drive business strategy.
DIY design is pushing from the other direction.
Consumers are active content creators, generating and publishing the stories, soundtracks, images, and videos of their lives. Design is happening on the ground.
This lively panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities of these expanding markets. Using examples from their own work, the panelists will discuss the challenges their firms are facing, and the new tools, techniques, and resources they are using
to meet them.
â€¢ How businesses are looking to design as a way to spark revenue, and how designers can get involved
â€¢ Knowing, understanding, and designing for emerging markets
â€¢ Research as a tool for idea creation, not just results confirmation
â€¢ The role of the in-house designer vs. the consultant
â€¢ What designers need to do and know to stay ahead of the game
â€¢ Advice for young designers
Discussion will be followed by questions from
Panelists will include:
ETIENNE FANG, strategic director in the Cultural Insights Studio at Cheskin; former strategic lead at Studio Red and designer at Rockwell Group
RIE NORREGAARD, creative director at Frog Design; former creative director at Organic and director of communication design at Smart Design
ELIZABETH PASTOR, co-founder of the NextDesign
Leadership Institute and co-founder of
Humantific; former co-founder Scient Innovation
LESLIE WELLOTT, Insight group, Imagination; formerly of branding and design agencies nickandpaul and Desgrippes Gobe
CHEE PEARLMAN (moderator), director of Chee Company; former editor-in-chief of I.D.
when Wednesday, September 5, 7-9 pm
Cash bar reception to follow at Central Bar, 109 E. 9th Street
where Cooper Union's Wollman Auditorium, 51 Astor Place, New York, NY 10003
(additional $5 fee when paying at the door)
Here's a link on a slightly relevant article on Business Week,
â€œWhich Way to the Future,â€ which left me uneasy.