Ami MehtaHewlett Packard, Emerging Markets Experience ArchitectAs a 12 year HP veteran,Ami has been tasked with delivering on the brand promise inhigh-growth emerging countries.Throughout her HP career,Ami has worked in sales,marketing, product and corporate divisions consistently solving existing problemsinnovatively while ensuring the solution shows measurable and sustainable results.In 2001,Ami received her master’s degree in Learning, Design and Technology fromStanford University as a Resident Fellow for theHewlett-Packard Company. Her master’s project focused on a virtual reality, creativewriting tool to teach 3rd graders how to invent their own unique stories withy the use oftechnical learning guides. She is passionate to understand the nature of human learningand how technology could help create a positive learning environment for childrenaround the globe.
Liz OgbuDesigner & Project Manager at Public Architecture, a nonprofit architecturefirm located in San Francisco whose mission is to put the resources of architecture inservice of the public interest. Previously, Liz was a designer at Simon Martin-Vegue Winklestein Morris (SMWM), anarchitecture and urban design firm in San Francisco. She has been the recipient of severaltraveling fellowships, including the Thomas J.Watson Fellowship.Through these grants, shehas pursued research projects, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, examining theintersections in the socioeconomic and physical spaces of the informal sector. Findingsfrom this work have been presented at several conferences both in the U.S. and abroad,and were the subject of her Masters thesis.Liz has also been involved with many community focused projects and organizations herein the U.S., including the launch of the Community Design: Now or Never website and itsassociated symposium; the Mayors Institute on City Design; a design outreach programfor local youth in Cambridge and Boston; and an affordable housing developer in the SanFrancisco Bay Area. She also served on the planning committee for Structures forInclusion 6, which Public Architecture co-hosted in 2006. Liz earned her Bachelor of Artsin architecture from Wellesley College and Master of Architecture from the GraduateSchool of Design at Harvard University.
Joanne OliverIDEO San Francisco ofﬁce, Product designerJoanne has a passion for creating stimulating, humanizing experiences around theproducts she designs. Sustainability and mindfulness for the environment are at the heartof everything she does.At IDEO since 2001, Joanne has worked on a wide range of projects for an eclectic groupof clients, including webcams and memory cards, hair and body care products, a range ofshoes, mobile phones, a design language for baby care products, a new paradigm in dogfood, kitchen faucets, and beverage and packaging design.Her previous work history includes a tenure at a Superyacht design consultancy inLondon, which gave her an understanding of highly dynamic spaces combined with theuse of high tech and traditional materials. She also spent three and a half years at Fisherand Paykel, the southern hemisphere’s largest manufacturer of household appliances andmedical equipment, based in New Zealand.Working as an industrial designer for theLaundry division she designed a washer and dryer that are now sold in the US andAustralasia.Joanne received a degree in industrial design fromVictoria University,Wellington, NewZealand, and a certiﬁcate inYacht design from Unitech,Auckland New Zealand.
Eric BailyFrog Design, Principle DesignerEric Bailey is currently a Principal Designer in the San Francisco ofﬁce of Frog Design, astrategic-creative consulting ﬁrm with ofﬁces across the globe. His mission is to envisionand create engaging and meaningful experiences that facilitate and improve the humancondition.As a part of a multi-disciplinary company, Eric has contributed to thedevelopment of digitally integrated solutions for portable entertainment, healthmanagement, cardiovascular ﬁtness, and surveillance and access control. On a given day,he might be engaged in design research, ideation, or interaction and visual design. Beforejoining Frog, Eric spent 7 years as Senior Designer at Arc World Wide (formerlySemaphore Partners). His responsibilities there entailed visual design, interaction designand branding of web-based business solutions for Fortune 500 companies. Eric completed graduate work at Stanford’s Learning, Design and Technology program.The program focused on the development of user-centered technologies, environmentsand experiences for the purposes of learning. His particular interest was in MediaLiteracy education for both the classroom and non-traditional learning environments.Subsequently, he taught media literacy as an intern at the San Jose Children’s DiscoveryMuseum. In 1995, Eric earned a BS in Design from the University of Cincinnati. Hecompleted 3 years of professional work designing print, environmental and interactivesolutions after and during his undergraduate career.
Stephen HooperIDSA, DesignAfairs, PresidentStephen Hooper is president of DesignAfairs USA, managing the US studios of what has grownto be Europes leading design agency.As president, he oversees DesignAfairs award-winningteams with a focus on creating inspired new brand identities and innovative products thatachieve client goals and improve peoples lives. Industries range from consumer electronics andautomotive interiors, to household products and soft goods, to industrial equipment andmedical devices. Before DesignAfairs, Stephen was a design director with Siemens.Stephen believes that inspiring teams with information about peoples unspoken needs andaspirations transforms the creative process. Innovation becomes more than just new featuresand functions; it gains an emotive component. He advocates working across client functionalareas to share appropriate technical, socio-cultural, and business knowledge as a means ofgenerating new ideas and maintaining project momentum -- an approach that results inappropriate solutions that ﬁt a clients unique situation while connecting with its customers onmultiple levels.Stephens design work has been recognized with ten patents, as well as numerous awards fromBusinessWeek/IDEA, ID Magazine, GOOD Design, iF/Hannover, and other industryorganizations. He is a graduate of Western Washington University, where he now serves on theboard of directors of the design school. He is an invited speaker on the design process,organizing corporate design teams for effectiveness, and inspiring design by "ransacking yourcultural basement."
Design SymposiumTheme OverviewEmerging DesigningandThe Future SocietyProfessor Ricardo GomesDepartment of Design and IndustrySan Francisco State University
Decisions Based on an Inclusive+Sustainable Universal CriteriaOver thirty years ago the artistRichard Hamilton wrote a book entitled,Popular Culture and Personal Responsibilityin which he defined an ideal culture as,“one in which awareness of its conditionis universal”Good design can be achieved by focusingthe efforts of designers to develop products andenvironments that will bemore inclusive,as opposed to preferential, in enhancing andfacilitating the areas of urban communitydevelopment.Design SymposiumTheme Overview
Design SymposiumTheme OverviewThe Symposium will address what the role of the designerwill be in the 21st Century and who will be the leaders?How is the role of the designer changing? What are the fundamental drivers that are stimulatinginnovative and responsible change?
Design SymposiumTheme OverviewWhat do leading designers and visionaries need to knowin order to create a built environment for a rapidlyemerging, more inclusive and sustainable future society? How do these issues change the manner of our designthinking, methodology, and curricular practice in theemerging socio-economic dynamics of countrieslike Brazil, China, India, or South Africa?
Design SymposiumTheme OverviewCommunity PartnershipsThe renowned economist-philosopherand author of Small is Beautiful--E.F.Schumacher--believed when he called fora reassessment of the role and status ofdesign in society. Schumacher states:“What is at stake is not economics, butculture; not the standard of living, but thequality of life”
In 1963 the late Selby Mvusi, a prolific BlackSouth African industrial designer, wrote:“The truly excellent designed object is not theobject that is rare or expensive...This rightness ofform and function before and after the object is madeis both individual and social. It is in this sense of thatsociety and culture [form] intrinsic elements ofdesign.We do not therefore design for society or for thatmatter design in order to design society.We designbecause society and ourselves are in fact design.We do not design for living.We design to live.”Design SymposiumTheme Overview
What’s Next?How do designers work with communities,respond to constraints, and maximize ownership byusers and other stakeholders?Promote exemplary projects with an emphasis onparticipatory design, universal design, and socialresponsibility.Find ways to mobilize the resources to promotethe creation of job skills training, mentoring, and capitalrecycling in low-income communities.Conduct workshops and symposia that addressthese issues... professional design and businessorganizations could endorse the idea and act as anexecutive advisory board for the planning anddevelopment of such an event.
Speaker PresentationAmi Mehta | Hewlett-PackardEmerging Markets Experiential ArchitectLiz Ogbu | Public ArchitctureDesigner and Project ManagerJoanne Oliver | IDEOSustainability Initiatives CoordinatorEric Bailey | Frog DesignPrinciple DesignerStephen Hooper | DesignAfairsPresident
AbstractFutureMap: Planting the SeedsToday to Ensure theFruit-BearingTrees ofTomorrowAs we look to the future, we will see how dramatically different the worldlooks from today. We see a more interdependent,global workforce designing for a more global economy. The largestconsumer groups of tomorrow will be likely be Chinese,Indian, Brazilian, Russian or South African based on the population growth,global demand patterns and demographics. As we are all a witness to this shift, how might we as designers be preparedfor this new, global economy? How will we participate in a collaborative, constructive and innovativemanner? I will begin to paint a picture of this future landscape and highlightsome ways in which we, as designers, can prepare for the journey into thefuture...Ami MehtaHewlett Packard, Emerging Markets Experience Architect
Liz OgbuPublic Architecture, Designer & Project ManagerAbstractThe Search for a Relevant Contemporary Design PraxisThe city is increasingly defined by a multiplicity of users who bring a growingcomplexity to the social, economic, and political dynamics of thecontemporary urban environment. As a designer, I find this to be a fascinatingphenomenon because it shows that there are numerous urban conditionsaround the world where people are creating or remaking urban spaces,revealing new uses and potentialities to the very designers who have beentrained to shape the city. I believe that if architecture wishes to be relevantin this evolving urbanism, it must confront, adapt, and adjust to theseemerging realities. I will present some projects and conclusions derived frommy research in sub-Saharan Africa as well as touch upon how we can look todevelop a relevant praxis no matter where we are.
Joanne OliverIDEO, Sustainability Initiative LeaderAbstractSustainability Initiative LeaderThe last 2 years have been ﬁlled with scientiﬁc predictions of a changingworld, environments in ﬂux. Rising oil prices have forced companies to re-evaluate their business models, question their energy resources and producenew efﬁcient technologies. If IDEO is an indicator of change, as it so often is,then we are at the beginning of a new era in design. Designers are the peoplewho are going to channel this new awareness and it wont just be throughform, color, texture, materials. It will be about having a thoroughunderstanding of the life of a product and how it can nurture and restorecommunities, and the environment.
Eric BailyFrog Design, Principle DesignerAbstractChange AgentHow can technologies inspire human development and actualization? Inexploring how theories on learning, emotion and persuasion can shapedesign methods, designers might give rise to products and experiences thattranscend pragmatism and unlock human potential.The designer seeking to improve human experience should take intoaccount the relationships between perception, aspiration, motivation, andvisualization and their pivotal role in facilitating personal change.
Stephen HooperIDS, DesignAfairs, PresidentAbstractDesign As ProcessAs designs role matures and has a greater socio-cultural inﬂuence, we start tosee the effects within the business culture as well. business schools are nowincorporating design methodologies into their curriculum with the goal ofintroducing business graduates to the idea of innovating within their respectiveﬁelds. We at DesignAfairs see more and more the need to utilize our skill-setsas a enablers within these corporations to help them achieve their goals ofshorter time to market, differentiation from their competitor, reduceddevelopment costs and most importantly, to develop product solutions thatresonate with their intended markets. In addition, I will add a few slides to thefront of this about DesignAfairs that helps create the framework for discussion.
Design Symposium Panelist Questions:Emerging Design:1- Can design and designers be catalysts for social change inemerging societies?2- How can design, technology and innovation enhance the"quality of life" in our emerging societies?3- How do designers find comprehensive and life-improvingsolutions to the impact of design in our emerging societies?4- How do designers effectively integrate into design thinking andexecution process, the concerns for innovation, sustainability, andauthenticity into the quality of design?
Emerging Design:5- How does socio-cultural knowledge of our emerging marketsand societies influence the basis of your work, or what you"package" for your clients and/or end-user?6- What instruments, or strategies do you employ to addressthe complexity and demand of an increasingly fragmented andexpanding global markets. Emerging markets that are being drivenby the cultural differences, functional and/or emotional expectationsof the consumer in our emerging societies?Design Symposium Panelist Questions:
Images, CulturalTrends & Identity:7- How are cultural values, influences and identity expressed,or marketed in design strategy?8- How do designers respond to specific needs and issues relativeto cultural identity?9- How can the knowledge of socio-cultural differences andeconomies of scale enhance the designers ability to be innovativeand responsible?Design Symposium Panelist Questions:
The Future of Society:10- What is the role of the designer in the 21st century,and who will lead design in the 21st century?11- Can individuals really make a difference? If so, how?12- How do Designers start, integrate and maintain an inclusivepractice?Design Symposium Panelist Questions:
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