The Kitchen As We Know It Is Dying:
Make Way For The Kitchen of The Future

The Kitchen As We Know It Is Dying:
Make Way For The Kitchen of The Future

The kitchen as older generations have known it is making way for the kitchen of the future. The kitchen is now home office, entertainment central, place of homework doing and project collaborating. How do advances in appliance technology and the changes in meal preparation inform kitchen design today?

Social Media and Your Design-Focused Business:
What Works? What Doesn’t? And How Much Should You Invest in Your Digital Platforms?

This presentation and discussion will delve into the oftentimes confusing and opaque waters of social media for design-focused firms. Social media platforms can be a powerful tool for design businesses to elevate their branding and drive tangible business, yet many design-focused businesses don't know how to best utilize them to their advantage. Social media experts will speak to best practices, and design pros will offer their thoughts on how important social media is to a design-focused firm. Architectural photographer James Florio will also talk about how he incorporates social media into his business and provide ideas on how to capture the best images of your work.

Keynote –
Humans: Designing Within Our Species

This talk will cover a number of topics centered on what we know and don't know about people including instincts v. preconceptions and the ability of design to influence behavior, and the power it can give us as designers.

The Personalization of Everyday Life

The mass-produced repeatability no longer holds the value it once did Advanced algorithms anticipate our individual needs and wants. What are the up side of personalization? More authentic experiences? What are the downsides?

Henry Ford in the 21st Century: the 3-D Printed Bike

Since Henry Ford, we have developed processes to fit mass production and mass consumption. Now, today, disruptive technology is changing the game again and the limits will be on us as designers, not process or capital.

Data, Design and the Venture Studio:
A New Model for Social Change

Today’s challenges are so complex it is hard to make meaningful change. Denise and Aman’s work often achieves impact through “perturbing the system” - working at several levels at once and releasing solutions that affect the system in multiple places.