The objects we use every day are a huge part of our lives, and more and more these objects are intertwined with technology. What do these changes mean for consumers and designers? Join our panel of designers as they discuss industrial design and where it’s headed.
Great artists and scholars teach in MassArt's Professional and Continuing Education Program. Think Thursdays is a monthly series of conversations about current and future practice in disciplines of art and design with CE faculty, alumni and friends. See professional presentations and delve into issues and trends in the worlds of art and design while getting to know MassArt and the CE community.
Speakers: Alexis Hope, Vanessa Christie, Nazareth Ekmekjian
Moderated by: Judith Anderson
Alexis Hope is a designer and researcher at the MIT Media Lab and Center for Civic Media. She serves as the Creative Director for TEN FWD, a design studio focused on creating playful digital experiences. TEN FWD's flagship project is FOLD, an open publishing platform originally developed at MIT to help journalists, educators, and organizations tell complex stories. Prior to joining MIT, Alexis led a project to develop a portable ultrasound machine for midwives in Kenya, Uganda, and Seattle. She was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow from 2012-2015, focusing on bringing human-centered and participatory research methods to technology design. As part of her commitment to participatory design, she helps organize unique hackathons and civic technology workshops around the world. She has a BS and MS in Human Centered Design from University of Washington, is a PhD candidate at MIT’s Media Lab and is also pursuing a Furniture Design Certificate at MassArt.
Nazareth Ekmekjian is Lead of Design at Piaggio Fast Forward, where he oversees the design and development of gita©, PFF’s first product. Nazareth plays a key role in the evolution of gita© from concept to product, including the series of prototypes along the way. In addition, he is responsible for establishing and managing PFF’s design workshop, which includes a multi-axis KUKA robotic arm, 3D print lab, and other composite material applications. Prior to PFF, Nazareth was at Machineous (2008 – 2010), where he worked on design projects that leverage novel means of robotic fabrication. Select clients at Machineous include Zaha Hadid Architects, Greg Lynn Form, and Aranda/Lasch. He then went on to manage the Robot House at SCI-Arc (2011 – 2013) where he supported design studios and seminars using the newly-constructed multi-robot lab. Nazareth received his BArch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 2008 and his MSc in Architecture Studies from MIT in 2015.
Vanessa Christie is the Depuy Orthopaedic Solutions Franchise Lead for Industrial Design and Human Factors at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices. In this role she is responsible for building and leading a multi-disciplinary global design team focused on improving healthcare systems and the experience for patients and caregivers. Prior to Johnson & Johnson she worked for Gillette for 11 years in roles of increasing responsibility. Among her achievements are 43 Design and Utility patents, the IDSA Gold Award Design of the Decade, and a finalist in the International Spark Design Awards. She has a BFA in Industrial and Product Design from Parsons School of Design – the New School.
Judith Anderson is Chair of Industrial Design at MassArt. She began her design career in 1983 at GE as a mechanical design engineer followed by several years providing design consultancy services in London, UK. Her current focus is on curriculum development and creating collaborative and cross-discipline opportunities for students. Judith is building innovative relationships throughout the art, business, medical and academic communities. Her professional work as founder of a.Concepts range from sport/ fitness gear, health care, lighting, home furnishings, and design for social justice. Judith has an MA from the Royal College of Art/Diploma, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine - Industrial Design
Thursday, April 4 at 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Design and Media Center, Lecture Hall
621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115
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