1. ABOUT THIS TALK
    User-centered design is the foundation of most design practice and the ground from which design research has emerged. At its core is a commitment to understanding user needs and desires and creating experiences that support those needs. As we grapple with the role of design in addressing today’s social and environmental challenges, designers are increasingly interested in creating experiences that encourage significant and sustainable behavior change. Robert calls this “design with intent”. It shifts the role of the designer from interpretation and support to motivation and influence, and it may also shift the relationship between design and design research as we move towards a more activist stance. This talk Robert examines some new approaches to behavior change that are emerging within the design community and their potential ramifications for the practice of design research in the coming age.

    ABOUT ROBERT FABRICANT
    Robert Fabricant is the vice president of creative at frog design where he leads frog’s efforts to expand its creative offerings into new markets and disciplines. Robert has been with frog since 2001, leading a multidisciplinary creative team in New York in a broad range of initiatives that span product design, interaction design, environments, service design and branded experiences. He has worked with clients such as MTV, GE, Cox Communications, Virgin Mobile, Barnes & Noble, BBC and Humana and designed integrated user experiences for numerous platforms, including handheld devices, in-car information systems, medical devices, retail environments, networked applications and desktop software. He also leads frog’s social impact initiatives such as Project Masiluleke.

    ABOUT THE DESIGN RESEARCH CONFERENCE
    The Design Research Conference (DRC), hosted by the IIT Institute of Design, brings together a growing community of design professionals advancing the role of design research in innovation.

    The conference strives to spread knowledge through the discussion of compelling experiences and case studies, innovative methods and approaches, and the future and sustainability of design research. DesignResearchConference.com

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  2. ABOUT THIS TALK
    The last ten years have brought a strange duality to the discussion of outsourced or off-shored design. This talk describes how design synthesis is deeply embedded in culture, and illustrates through example the threat of commoditization for design research, and the sustained promise and benefits of synthesis as a core business differentiator.

    ABOUT JON KOLKO
    Jon Kolko is an associate creative director at frog design in Austin, Texas. His professional work involves the synthesis of complicated business and technological constraints in order to best solve the problems of Fortune 500 clients. His work spans the boundaries of Information Architecture, Interaction Design, and Usability Engineering; the common underlying theme of these problems and projects is the creation of a solution that is useful, usable, and desirable. Kolko is the author of the text Thoughts on Interaction Design; he is also the 2008-2011 Editor-in-Chief of Interactions magazine, published by the ACM.

    ABOUT THE DESIGN RESEARCH CONFERENCE
    The Design Research Conference (DRC), hosted by the IIT Institute of Design, brings together a growing community of design professionals advancing the role of design research in innovation.

    The conference strives to spread knowledge through the discussion of compelling experiences and case studies, innovative methods and approaches, and the future and sustainability of design research. DesignResearchConference.com

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