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design | Nov 24th, 2016

The Next Revolution in Design? It’s 4D Printing—and Skylar Tibbits’s New Self-Assembly Lab Is the Perfect Guidebook.

Skylar Tibbits is leading the next design revolution. In his Self-Assembly Lab at MIT, he’s on the cutting edge of what he calls 4D printing (think: objects that adapt to their surroundings like living things—and create endless possibilities for construction, manufacturing, and infrastructure in... Continue Reading →
design | Aug 24th, 2016

Design Evangelist John Maeda's New Job: Promoting Inclusion and Open Source

Congratulations are in order for design speaker John Maeda, who’s moving on after three productive years as the Design Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Maeda will join Automattic, parent company of WordPress.com, WooCommerce, and Jetpack, as their Global Head of Computational Design and... Continue Reading →
design | Jun 13th, 2016

Architecture Comes Alive: Neri Oxman Profiled in Surface

This month, innovative MIT scientist Neri Oxman graces the cover of architecture, art, and design magazine Surface, and is the subject of an extensive profile.  Oxman defies categorization. Her work merges elements of architecture, engineering, technology, and biology to create something truly... Continue Reading →
design | Sep 16th, 2013

Next Big Thing: Why John Maeda Says Design Is More Important Than Tech

"Technology used to be the differentiating factor," John Maeda says in a segment on Bloomberg TV's Next Big Thing. "Now we don't care anymore because design matters more than technology." Maeda, popular design speaker and President of the Rhode Island School of Design, says that what we value in our... Continue Reading →
design | May 29th, 2013

John Maeda: Simple Design In A Technologically Complex World [VIDEO]

"Something was happening in the 80s and 90s that defied logic," design speaker John Maeda explains, "this thing, a microchip, was able to do the following: It was able to get cheaper every year, and get faster every year at the same time." As he told the audience at a recent New York Ideas panel... Continue Reading →
design | May 29th, 2013

Innovation Through Innocence: Neri Oxman On Inventive Design In Forbes

Design speaker Neri Oxman and her team at the MIT Mediated Matter group don't just mimic nature, but actually create designs that merge with the natural world—objects that grow and adapt to their environments. At the C2 Conference in Montreal, she discussed how her work starts with biomimcry and... Continue Reading →
design | May 26th, 2013

Don't Design Products—Design For Humanity: Neri Oxman On 3D Printing

Design speaker Neri Oxman predicts that all of us will have a 3D printer at our desks within the next decade. While these printers are already available—and have been hugely popular among early adopters—they have yet to make it into the mainstream. As Oxman tells The Globe and Mail, once the process... Continue Reading →
design | May 14th, 2013

Print The Future: Design Speaker Neri Oxman on the Cover of ICON Magazine

"If nature is sustainable and beautiful, how can we make things that are sustainable and beautiful?" That's the question design speaker Neri Oxman asks when she embarks on her breakthrough fabrication projects. Oxman, who was recently profiled on the cover of ICON magazine, is an award-winning... Continue Reading →
design | Apr 24th, 2013

People-Driven Design: John Maeda On The Human Experience In The Arts

Technology, with all of it's advancements, can only take us so far. Good design—John Maeda notes in a presentation at the Data & Design Conference—puts people at its core. It is important, he says, to incorporate the human experience into the design process. Empathy and personal judgment are... Continue Reading →
design | Apr 24th, 2013

DLD Conference: Mitchell Joachim On Improving Ecological City Development

Who will be responsible for constructing the cities of the future? What should these people build in the center of these cities? These are questions that cities speaker Mitchell Joachim posed in his keynote at the DLD Conference 2013. Traditionally, urban centers have been developed around spiritual... Continue Reading →
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