Brilliant, transformative ideas aren't created in a vacuum. They are generated when challenges are confronted by possibility and ingenuity. This intimate, one-day event offers you thought-provoking presentations that could inspire your next great idea.
Meet and listen to accomplished practitioners and problem-solvers discuss the challenges and opportunities they met head on through innovative design and forward thinking. You'll walk away understanding how to demonstrate the value of design, create future scenarios, use design to affect organizational change and unleash new visions out into the world.
Step outside of the vacuum and join us for a day full of new ideas, insights and fresh perspectives that culminates in an evening of live music, great food and drinks
Technology Futurist, Autodesk | San Francisco, CA
Partner, Core77 | New York, NY
Film Maker | New York, NY
CEO, Catapult Design | San Francisco, CA
Designer, Writer, Educator | New York, NY
Chief Design Officer, Sound United | Vista, CA
Director of Wearable Electronics, Adafruit
New York, NY
Co-Founder, Project Aura | Pittsburgh, PA
President, MichelDallaireIndustriel, Inc.
Parsons & Charlesworth | Chicago, IL
Parsons & Charlesworth | Chicago, IL
Founding Partner, Family and + Pool
New York, NY
Editor, Core77 | Los Angeles, CA
Professor Emeritus of Sociology, Hofstra University
New York, NY
UX Manager, Google | San Francisco, CA
Managing Editor, Core77 | New York, NY
Creative Director, Obscura Digital | San Francisco, CA
Technologist & Writer | Boston, MA
Coffee & breakfast snacks will be served.
A slideshow about initiating, designing, developing and implementing an Olympic sized floating pool that filters river water for the public to swim in and that's shaped like a giant plus. + POOL is one of the world's largest crowd-funded civic projects, and for us not only a new type of public infrastructure that we're very excited about, but a new model for how design-driven public space can be conceived and grown. It's as much about doing the kind of work that's important for cities like New York as it is for New Yorker's to be able to take a dip in the waters that surround their city.
Cloud applications are beginning to provide data that hints at how human designers collaborate and converge on solutions, providing a seed for machine learning. Several research projects at Autodesk are developing the foundations from which this technology can emerge in products and buildings alike. New object and solution space search methods leverage cloud computing to evaluate billions of evolutionary permutations guided by the designer. Join this conversation that will explore the role of augmented humans in the algorithmic age.
As designers, new technologies are always capturing our imaginations, but in order to become part of our everyday life they need be introduced through human contexts and meaningful stories. In this talk the author will discuss the power of creating playful future scenarios as a means of ushering new technologies into existence. In addition to presenting case studies from professional design work, she will share the process of developing LEO the Maker Prince, a children's story book and object series that illustrates potential futures for 3D printing. LEO's story includes a number of product designs that form the basis of the narrative as well as present the opportunity for readers to download and print the objects themselves. Carla will share the process and motivations behind the project, as well as what happens when you unleash new visions out into the world and allow people to download and remix them.
There's no denying that cycling is on the uptick these days: It's remarkable how quickly bikeshare infrastructure has become part of the texture of major cities worldwide. Meanwhile, designers have long regarded the bicycle as both a canvas for personal expression and a tool for navigating the world—a nice balance of form and function. If the bicycle itself has remained largely unchanged for over a century—a fact that underscores its enduring appeal—its place in culture has certainly changed through the years. This panel discussion will explore the past, present and future of urban cycling.
Many of us want full control over our designs, from strategy to final implementation, but what would you do if you were actually given that responsibility and accountability? Michael DiTullo walks us through his first two years as Chief Design Officer of Sound United and will talk about lessons learned and the level of commitment it takes to create and implement a design strategy in the marketplace, build an internal multi-disciplinary design team, work with multiple outside design houses while minting a singular vision, rebrand and reposition the company, and use design to affect organizational change and redefine a company's culture.
Each year the US spends on order of $20billion in foreign assistance programs. This includes new energy initiatives, clean water access, improved education, and food security. As designers, we typically don't see our role in society as shaping and participating in these types of global development challenges, much less public sector challenges in the US. Yet these challenges are ripe for a new of thinking, and moreover, they are intensely human-centered challenges.
But what do designers have to offer the international development sector and the growing number of social entrepreneurs who tackle societal challenges through business? Let's look at the growing movement of designers and firms taking on global development and the growing number of governments and NGOs who are responding.
Jury Captain: Johan Liden
Jurors: Brett Tom, Josh Morenstein, Isabelle Olsson, Wyatt Cline
Jury Captain: Geoff Manaugh
Jurors: Jake Barton, Hayley Eber, Yen Ha, Michi Yanagishita
Since the 1700s, designers have been involved in radically reshaping work. Design's biggest impact is arguably in its proven ability to reorganize the production of commodities from toasters to software. From Foxconn's labor scandals to the latest trends in office architecture, what power and what responsibilities do we have toward the livelihoods of people who make and use what we design?
Surfing the enthnosphere, biosphere and technosphere. Rising above the corporate tides of indulgence and specialization while riding big waves with an irreverence to templatized thinking. Understanding the complexities that are present today.
A look into how designers are integrating technology into our daily lives, at two scales. Becky Stern will focus on the personal level, drawing on her experience as the Director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit Industries. And Ricardo Prada, who leads the user-experience team at Google X, will focus on the community and society level, reporting on the lab's ongoing initiatives to develop self-driving cars, balloon-based Internet access, and other "moonshot" projects. Together, Stern and Prada will discuss the huge potential—and the potential pitfalls—of seamlessly melding new technologies into our everyday experience of the world.
Many of our projects have the quality of being almost or apparently one thing, but are in fact another. What is apparently real is actually fictional. What looks familiar is also somewhat out of place. What looks mass produced is actually unique. What appears vernacular might, on closer scrutiny reveal the spectacular. This shift in perception through encountering the work is designed to prompt reevaluation. These not-quite-mass-consumed-products or 'quasi-objects' are often embedded in fictional scenarios, created by us to encourage the viewer to rethink the conventional desires of commodity culture, extending them into previously underexplored territory
The sequence in which we are introduced to new products and services goes a long way to determining how we evaluate their worth. This talk will navigate the blurry line between good and evil, revealing both the pitfalls and the opportunities for demonstrating the value of design.
In his talk Casey will discuss the value of learning through doing; you discover what works for you through the making process, not by overthinking things. Casey will go into his personal and career background in order to highlight the importance of learning by doing.
Musical guests, drinks, & food
The 2014 Core77 Conference will be held at 501 Union, a renovated former industrial facility in the heart of Brooklyn's Gowanus neighborhood. The historic nature of the space provides the perfect backdrop for the day's discussions and reflections.
For those coming from out of town we recommend the Nu Hotel for your overnight stay. Located just a few minutes away from the venue with a wide range of activities, eateries and shops nearby.
The easiest way to get here is by subway. The closest subway stops are Carrol St (F train and G train) and Union St (R train). There is also street parking and parking lots close by.