Graphic Design as Cultural Commentary, from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM | Haier Stage Two entrepreneurial graphic designers, Jon Sueda and Benjamin Critton, will share how they have managed to balance commercial and commissioned work with self-initiated projects that explore the mode of graphic design as a vehicle for criticism, cultural speculation, and self-expression.
Design in the Digital Age: Branding and Social Media, from 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM | Cosentino Stage From websites, to social media and mobile apps, the digital space is rich with tools for both designers and design fans to connect with one another. Three leading design professionals, Taavo Somer, Gretchen Hansen, and Willy Wong, will discuss the ways that digital channels continue to transform the industry, what it takes to get noticed, and how brands and retailers can make the most of the digital realm. Credits: 0.1 IDCEC (SE-10332-107)
Awakening Utilities to the Potential of Solar Energy, from 11:15 AM to 12:15 PM | Haier Stage In the last four decades, the price of solar panels has dropped 99 percent, an enormous victory for environmentalists. Yet experts agree that in order to effectively forestall climate change, solar innovation will need to be embraced by utilities at the level of the grid. Shaun Chapman of SolarCity will discuss how we can incentivize traditionally risk-averse electric utilities to adopt solar energy more extensively. Credits: 1 AIA LU, 0.1 IDCEC (SE-10332-106)
Curating the Design Shop, from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM | Cosentino Stage What do today’s hottest design retailers look for when stocking their shelves? Emmanuel Plat, Director of Merchandising at the MoMA Store, and Jean Lin, founder of Colony, will discuss what it takes to break into the most successful stores.
Haier Stage Program: How Small Spaces are Transforming the Design Industry, from 2:45 PM to 3:15 PM | Haier Stage In an increasingly competitive market, small urban apartments have become common, long-term housing options for more people. Paul Riley, SVP of Sales and Marketing at Haier, will join architectural designer Greg Dufner to speak about how the small-space movement is impacting everything from appliance trends to interior design.
NEW INC, the first museum-led incubator, is a shared workspace and professional development program designed to support creative practitioners working in the areas of art, technology, and design. Conceived by the New Museum in 2013 and launched September 2014, the incubator is a not-for-profit platform that furthers the Museum’s ongoing commitment to new art and new ideas.
Material Innovation: Concrete Jungle, from 4:15 PM to 4:45 PM | Cosentino Stage Designer Fu-Tung Cheng has made great strides with materials, most recently with the launch of ShapeCrete, a high-performance, malleable concrete that can be rolled, molded, pushed, and poured into any shape imaginable. He’ll walk us through his design process for the material, as well as share his own applications.
Harnessing Public Space with Temporary Installations, from 4:15 PM to 4:45 PM | Haier Stage As temporary architecture—pavilions, installations, and speculative projects—blossomed in the wake of the recession, so too, did the public’s understanding of the built environment. Jean Cooney, Director of Public Projects at Creative Time, will join designer Drew Seskunas to trace the life of an outdoor structure, from launch to de-installation.