Big City Forum: Design Thinking
Wed, May 2nd, 7 - 9 pm
Armory Center for the Arts
145 North Raymond Avenue
Pasadena, CA 91103
Big City Forum presents the third conversation in the Mapping LA series, a set of four discursive events that features speakers from a similar creative practice sharing a lively discussion around livability, sustainability, community, and the politics of place in Los Angeles.
The forum will explore how design based thinking can be used as creative process that informs our way of engaging with public and social space. A group of design practitioners and educators will explore issues around design as a set of solutions that can be applied towards social innovation, and the argument for and against it. It will also look at design thinking as a pedagogical and cognitive approach to engage with larger issues.
Nik Hafermaas - Chair Graphic Design, Art Center
Marc Mertens - Principal, SESO Design
Kali Nikitas, Chair Communication Arts, OTIS
Joseph Prichard - Principal J Prichard Design and Graphic Designer, Public Affairs, Cal Arts
Moderated by: Rebeca Mendez, faculty UCLA Design/Media Arts
Nikolaus Hafermaas is a designer, artist and the Department Chair of Graphic Design and Dean of Special Programs at Art Center College of Design. His Los Angeles based company UeBERSEE designs and produces data-driven art installations and design exhibitions. As former principal and chief creative officer of Triad Berlin, he and his two partners formed one of Germany's leading design firms. His team created pavilions for the World Expo2000 and for the Swiss Expo02. Prior to joining Art Center, he was a professor of integrated design at the University of Arts Bremen, and co-curator of the Berlin-based network Young Creative Industries. He has recently taught design workshops in France, Latin America and China. Nik is recipient of numerous international design awards and was member of the AIGA National Board of Directors.
Rebeca Méndez was born in Mexico City and received her MFA from Art Center College of Design. She is currently a professor in the department of Design | Media Arts at UCLA. She has shown her work at ARCO Madrid 29th International Art Fair; X Biennial, Cuenca, Ecuador; the National Design Triennial; the Beall Center for Art and Technology, University of California, Irvine; the Alyce Williamson Gallery, Pasadena; the Broad Art Center, UCLA; Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca; and the Centre Pompidou, Paris. In addition, her work has been exhibited at, and is represented in collections of, the Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, New York; the Denver Art Museum; the Freitag Historical Museum, Hannover; and Museo José Luís Cuevas, Mexico City.
Méndez lectures internationally, including a TEDx Talk in 2011, and reviews of her work have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Eye Magazine, Metropolis, and I.D. Magazine, among others. Méndez has received extensive international recognition, including artist residencies at the Gunnar Gunnarson Institute in Iceland, at The Arctic Circle, and at HIAP at the world heritage site of the historical fortress island of Suomenlinna, Helsinki, Finland. Méndez is recipient of a 2010 California Community Foundation Mid Career Fellowship for Visual Artist and was selected for the Artist Pension Trust, México City.
Marc Mertens founded the experience design firm Seso to help organizations solve some of the world's largest challenges by creating engaging digital stories and experiences that move people. Seso has been engaged by organization such as TED, Nasa, The Smithsonian and the XPrize Foundation.
Marc currently serves on the council for the iSlate initiative, an ultra-low-cost, solar-powered learning tablet developed in a partnership with Rice University and NTU Singapore to foster rural education in developing nations. He also teaches User Experience Design at UCLA Extension and serves as the Director of Marketing & Partnerships at Glow, an all-night cultural experience on Santa Monica Beach that fosters human interaction through participatory, temporary art. The inaugural Glow featured over 20 commissioned art works and attracted more than 200,000 visitors.
Kali Nikitas is principal of Graphic Design for Love (+$) based in Los Angeles. She is Chair of the Communication Arts Department and founding Chair of the MFA Graphic Design program at Otis College of Art and Design. She has been recognized by Type Director’s Club, ACD, AIGA, Graphis; published internationally; lectured and given workshops throughout the United States and in Europe. She is co-editor and collaborator of :OUTPUT, the international student competition. Kali’s website hosts a daily document entitled: “FASHION FOR LOVE (+$)” and she encourages global submissions.
Joseph Prichard is a Los Angeles–based graphic designer, specializing in work for the nonprofit and arts sectors. He holds an MFA in Graphic Design from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA in film from the University of Southern California. He has collaborated with a number of leading Los Angeles’ design firms including, AdamsMorioka, Distinc, Muñiz/McNeil, Louise Sandhaus Design and Durfee|Regn Architects. He has created work for a diverse assortment of local and national clients including, United States Artists, CICLAVIA, TOMS Shoes, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, Stones Throw Records and the Autry National Center for the American West. Joseph’s work has been featured in publications such as Monocle, Fast Company, Pasadena Weekly and the Montreal Gazette and was included in the 2010 California Design Biennial.
He currently works as a Graphic Designer in the Public Affairs office of the California Institute of the Arts.