Date: April 24, 2018
Presentations by Michelle Cortese, Lara McCormick and Paddy Harrington RGD
Recordings of these presentations is available in the members-only section of the RGD website
Topic: The Future of Design
Future By Design is a series of webcast discussions featuring experts sharing their thoughts on the past, present and future trends in the design industry. As a virtual event, we invite cities across Canada to host local screening venues where members of the community can gather to watch live presentations, interact with our speakers and conduct group discussions.
Michelle Cortese, VR Product Designer at Facebook
Michelle is a Toronto-born designer, maker, futurist and typophile currently living bicoastally in Brooklyn and San Francisco. By day, she's a VR Product Designer at Facebook, leading design on 360 and 3D products; and by night, an adjunct at Queens College, teaching Advanced 3D Design. Her background is a twisted medley of interface design, art direction, hardware design and VR. Michelle was previously a Design Technologist at Refinery29 and an Experiential Art Director at The New York Times' Fake Love.
Talk: Future Type
Michelle provides a history of typography and communication design as a means to inspire thought when designing for the future of UI. She looks at how, historically, inventions in human communication have altered audience size, how this affects how we communicate and how we design communication tools.
Lara McCormick, Creative Director at the Exploratoium
Lara is a nationally recognized designer and educator, and currently Creative Director at the Exploratoium in San Francisco, CA. She is the author of ‘Playing with Type: 50 Graphic Experiments for Exploring Typographic Design Principles’ published by Rockport Press. Lara is a gifted speaker and gives presentations and workshops on design and typography across North America for organizations including AIGA, AdobeMAX and TEDx. Her work has been featured in notable design publications including HOW magazine, PRINT, Graphic Design USA, DesignObserver.com and highlighted in numerous graphic design books. She is a two-time recipient of the prestigious Sappi‘Ideas that Matter’ award and a judge for Communication Arts Typography Annual in 2017.
Talk: Inclusivity: Design has the Power to Inform
Paddy Harrington RGD, Founder of Frontier
Paddy has over more than 10 years experience in branding, strategy and design. He has degrees in literature and architecture and has worked in research, architecture, advertising, and design. His clients have included The New York Jets and Giants, Coca-Cola, McDonald’s, Unilever, the Holy City of Mecca and the Fogo Island Inn in Newfoundland. He is an award-winning writer and filmmaker and has spoken at several design conferences as well as at Brown, Harvard, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Paddy was formerly the SVP Design Innovation and Digital Creative Director at Indigo Books and, prior to that, Executive Creative Director at Bruce Mau Design.
Talk: If You Can’t Beat the Evil Robots, Join Them
When it comes to the future of design and commoditization of design, it’s not so much about overcoming the challenges as it is leveraging them. Artificial Intelligence is coming sooner than we realize and, despite our sense that creativity is somehow protected from the profound effects of our new algorithm-driven world, it will mean dramatic changes for our industry. Paddy looks at how designers can lead that revolution instead of succumbing to the tech entrepreneurs who may be in a better position to do so.
About Future By Design
Future By Design is a series of webcast discussions featuring experts sharing their thoughts on a variety of topics. As a virtual event, we invite cities across Canada to host local screening venues where members of the community can gather to watch panelists’ presentations, conduct their own group discussions and participate via webcam in the Q&A. Click here to view recaps of our past Future By Design events.
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