CMU School of Design Lecture Series

  1. For 35 years, Chris was Vice President of Design and Branding for WGBH, public broadcasting in Boston, which supplies about a third of both the PBS prime time schedule and associated websites on PBS.org. He and his staff were responsible for the visual personality of WGBH, as expressed through the design of its on-air titles, credits and animation, promotional and sales support, classroom materials, and interactive media. As a result of its design practices the company was honored in 1986, with the Design Leadership Award from the American Institute of Graphic Arts.

    This lecture occurred on Monday, November 5, 2012 at 5:00pm in A-14.

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  2. Tony Fry is a designer, design theorist, cultural theorist and educator working in the areas of design, sustainability, creative industries and culture. Tony is a director of sustainability consultancy Team D/E/S, Professor, Design Futures Program, Griffith University, Queensland College of Art, and a contributing editor of the e-journal Design Philosophy Papers. He led the Griffith University, AusAID funded research and development project to create an academy of indigenous creative industries in East Timor. He continues the work with this project.

    This lecture occurred on October 29, 2012 at 5:00 om in MMCH A-14.

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  3. Hugh is the President of Dubberly Design and talented design planner and teacher. At Apple Computer in the late 80s and early 90s, Hugh managed cross-functional design teams and later managed creative services for the entire company. While at Apple, he co-created a technology-forecast film called “Knowledge Navigator,” that presaged the appearance of the Internet in a portable digital device. While at Apple, he served at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena as the first and founding chairman of the computer graphics department.

    Intrigued by what the publishing industry would look like on the Internet, he next became Director of Interface Design for Times Mirror. This led him to Netscape where he became Vice President of Design and managed groups responsible for the design, engineering, and production of Netscape’s Web portal. Hugh graduated from Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in graphic design and earned an MFA in graphic design from Yale.

    This lecture was held in conjunction with HCII on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 4:30pm in 1305 Newell Simon Hall.

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  4. Gere Kavanaugh, a trans/interdisciplinary designer who has worked nationally and internationally with profound designers such as Victor Gruen, Frank Gehry, Greg Walsh, and Dan Chadwick launched her own design company over 35 years ago. In this presentation, Gere discusses the genesis of her design work, how she gets her ideas, and the ways in which she develops her material. She gives an inside look on how her work evolved from birthday cakes to corporate design.

    This lecture occurred as part of the CMU School of Design 2012-13 Lecture Series on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 5:00 pm in Breed Hall.

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  5. Victor Margolin is Professor Emeritus of Design History at the University of Illinois, Chicago. He is a co-editor of the academic design journal, Design Issues, and is the author, editor, or co-editor of a number of books including Design Discourse, Discovering Design, The Idea of Design, The Designed World, and The Politics of the Artificial. Currently he is working on a three-volume World History of Design that will be published by Berg in London.

    This lecture took place as part of the CMU School of Design Lecture Series, on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 5:00 pm in Breed Hall.

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CMU School of Design Lecture Series

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