Connect Lecture Series

Connect Lecture Series Fall 2021: Martin Linder of Industrial Design Outreach

Connect Lecture Series Fall 2021
Martin Linder of Industrial Design Outreach
Friday, September 17 at noon

Martin Linder is the Founding Director of IDO, an industrial designer with MSL Design, Professor Emeritus at San Francisco State University, and community actionist. A M.F.A. graduate of the Cranbrook Academy of Art his innovative work includes InVision Technologies and Reveal Imaging’s explosive detection system industrial and software design programs which are utilized in public transportation facilities throughout the world. His award-winning furniture designs for companies, including Steelcase Inc., Knoll International Design America, and Herman Miller grace the worlds businesses, hospitals, and homes.

For these achievements, Martin has been honored with the IDEA Industrial Design Excellence international award, the Nightingale Health Care Product Innovation award, and the Progressive Architecture Furniture Innovation award. In addition to his success as an industrial designer, Martin has also distinguished himself as a design educator holding the title of Emeritus Full Tenured Professor.

His education and community activities have been honored with the Jefferson Public Service, Core 77 Education Innovation, Sarlo Distinguished Faculty Awards, and recognition in Most Admired Design Professors in Academia by Design Intelligence. San Francisco State University has honored Martin with an endowed scholarship in his name. Martin will be discussing mentorship opportunities and other possibilities for DES students to become involved with Industrial Design Outreach

Connect Lecture Series Fall 2021: Amanda Anthony of Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center

Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center helps to empower and increase the entrepreneurial capacities of socially and economically diverse women and men, and thereby strengthen our communities through the creation of sustainable new businesses, new jobs, and the promotion of financial self-sufficiency. They help with business prep courses and funding opportunities. Join Professor van Kampen for a discussion with Amanda Anthony in person in DesignSpace (Rm. 115) or join the lecture virtually by registering for Zoom attendance.

Connect Lecture Series Fall 2021: Barron Webster

Barron Webster is a software designer, teacher, and occasional writer who, despite all odds, remains optimistic about the internet.

His work has spanned lots of topics:

Nowadays he's working on making programming easier for everyone at Replit.

Fall 2021 Connect Lecture Series: Tatiana Gómez Gaggero and José Menéndez

Tatiana Gómez Gaggero is a Colombian graphic designer, printmaker, and educator based in Providence, RI. She has worked in graphic design studios in both Bogota and Boston, and has collaborated with cultural institutions such as the RISD Museum and the ICA in Boston. She has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, at Boston University, and most recently at Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia as an AICAD post-graduate teaching fellow. Tatiana’s work focuses on community oriented strategies and she practices as part of the team at Counterform: Community Design and Print Studio. She is also a collaborator on the research project Gráfica Latina, a digital archive of Latin American graphic design. Tatiana holds an M.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a B.A. in Design from the Universidad de los Andes, in her native Bogotá.

José R. Menéndez was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He is a graphic designer and educator, with a background in science communication and landscape architecture. José's research is intertwined with his practice and teaching. He is currently pursuing research in the following areas of study: Latin American Graphic Design with an emphasis on Caribbean Graphic Culture, Community Design Initiatives, and Ecological Narratives in the Landscape. José is an Assistant Professor at the College of Arts, Media, and Design at Northeastern University in Boston, and has been a critic at the Rhode Island School of Design. He is also a partner at Counterform, a Community Design and Print Studio in Providence, RI.

Fall 2021 Connect Lecture Series: Chelsea Alexander and Xavier DeVaughn

Xavier DeVaughn is a Design Consultant currently residing in New York City. He pursued his bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design at the Rhode Island School of Design and Hochschule für Gestaltung und Kunst FHNW. His storytelling and visual approach create a language that questions the typical design practices and challenges design thinking through brand identity, information design, and poster design. He nurtures his clients' missions and goals to produce positive growth for their customers and communities with his practice.

Chelsea Alexander is a humble & curious designer currently living in New York. Originally from Austin, Texas, Chelsea previously lived in Basel, Switzerland to explore art and design internationally. Chelsea works in many mediums of design to help build stories as something original to experience.