lavin weekly | March 17, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Design, Multi-Media, Magic, ISIS, Analog, and Afghanistan

A weekly overview of cool things accomplished by (some of) our cool speakers, feat. architect Neri Oxman, designer John Maeda, historian Andrew Bacevich, journalist Graeme Wood, writer David Sax and illusionist David Kwong

1) Neri Oxman is Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the MIT Media Lab, where she founded and directs the Mediated Matter research group. Oxman recently went on the Design Observer podcast to discuss her fascinating work, calling designers “...gardeners of the natural world in our ability to achieve, come close, and even transcend the scale of nature.” Listen here. ​


2) John Maeda is a legendary designer, investor, and most recently the Global Head of Computational Design and Inclusion at Automattic. This week, Maeda released his expansive Design in Tech report, which tracks the design trends revolutionizing the entrepreneurial and corporate ecosystems in tech.


3) Andrew Bacevich is a historian, bestselling author, and Boston University professor. This week, Bacevich published a powerful Op-Ed in The New York Times on “The Never-Ending War in Afghanistan.”


4) Graeme Wood is author of The Way of the Stranger, a deeply-reported investigation into foreign ISIS recruitment. Wood went on PBS NewsHour to discuss what the complex motivations of ISIS supporters. 


5) David Sax gets into everyone's head, and Al Roker of the Today Show is only the most recent to be inspired to go on a digital detox by Sax's bestseller, The Revenge of Analog.​

6) David Kwong is the illusionist and puzzlemaker responsible for creating the magic you see in movies like Now You See Me and the TV show Blindspot. Kwong’s first book Spellbound: Seven Principles of Illusion to Captivate Audiences and Unlock the Secrets of Success isn’t even out yet (wait till May) but it’s already received a great review from Publisher’s Weekly, who says “This enjoyable work from a confident master of his trade is a ‘virtual wand’ for those who want a bit of magic in their lives’.”


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