Reporting by Stefani Bachetti
Last week, the Institute of Design held its annual Design Research Conference at The Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. The conference explored four main themes; ego, empathy, humanity and technology. Speakers from a wide range of fields spoke on design's role in mediating these forces, and attendees were given two full days of interesting and dynamic presentations.
Don Norman kicked off the conference introducing some of the new concepts featured in his upcoming release of The Design of Everyday Things: Revised and Expanded Edition, and Anne Burdick gave attendees a window into the curriculum at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Crowdsourcing was a hot topic, from EteRNA crowdsourcing the scientific method to develop more successful RNA spirals, to DIYRockets crowdsourcing the design of space technology. And rounding out the conference experience was a range of lunch workshops, evening dinners with selected speakers, and museum tours to visit the mummy exhibit and Sue, the largest, best-preserved, and most complete Tyrannosaurus Rex ever found. The sketchnotes below highlight all of the talks and the big take-aways from each.
Take a look and keep your eye out for next year's conference!
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