AIGA BOSTON: EMERGING IDEAS
I served on the board of AIGA Boston as Vice President & Director of Emerging Ideas—a new initiative I spearheaded—from 2009-2013. My mission was to inspire and educate our creative community through events—lectures, films, workshops, and tours—that exemplified new thinking and practices within a rapidly evolving definition of “design”.
In creating member experiences for this non-profit, I honed skills such as content curation, event planning, project management, sponsorship development, community engagement, and chapter strategy.
Fathom: Adventures in Data / May 2013
Ben Fry of Fathom Information Design presented his studio's data visualization work, featuring "Connected China"—their collaborative app project with Thomson Reuters that explores the cultural and political factors that shape the dynamics of power in modern China.
The Resurgence of Hand Lettering / May 2013
Hand lettering is a traditional craft that’s made a comeback and we were interested in exploring its popularity in the context of a digitally-focused world. We brought Lara McCormick, author of Playing with Type: 50 Graphic Experiments for Exploring Typographic Design Principles in to conduct a hand lettering workshop followed by a presentation and discussion panel. She was joined by hand lettering experts Annica Lydenberg, Juan Carlos Pagan, and Chris Piascik to describe their processes and share their work.
Embodied Cognition & Design / March 2013
In our ongoing support of IDEO's lecture series, we partnered with their Cambridge, MA office to present a talk led by R. Michael Hendrix and his panel of speakers. The discussion introduced the topic of "Embodied Cognition", suggesting that metaphors may be actionable design constructs. For example, studies show that if we want to design an object to have more value we might make it heavier because something heavy is "important".
Tech-Driven Design? Design-Driven Tech? / December 2012
John Rothenberg and Eric Gunther of Sosolimited presented their data visualization work and their nimble approach to balancing art and technology.
"Coast Modern" Film Screening / November, 2012
In another installment of our Art & Design film series, we held a screening of Coast Modern—a film tracing the roots of West Coast Modern Architecture—with our sponsors, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Vancouver-based film director and electronic music producer Gavin Froome was on hand for a Q&A following the film.
Design Research with Karel van der Waarde / November 2012
We co-presented this talk in support of our friends at the Dynamic Media Institute at Massachusetts College of Art & Design. Karel van der Waarde, Design Researcher, spoke about the role and value of design research as well as the distinctions between practical, practice-based, and academic research.
Generation E(ntrepreneur): Coworking Spaces Tour / October 2012
Designers are working more autonomously and in a more entrepreneurial fashion than ever before. We choreographed a tour of some Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville co-working spaces, inviting people to peek into the varied environments that house the designers and companies of the future.
"AIGA Afta" Party at Fringe Union / October 2012
Our coworking spaces tour ended up at Fringe Union, a collaborative workspace in Somerville, MA. That evening, tenants of Fringe helped us pull together an amazing party for the Fringe and AIGA communities in their new annex space.
"Beautiful Losers" Film Screening / May 2012
Our second screening of the season was Beautiful Losers, directed by Aaron Rose and Joshua Leonard. The film focuses on the careers and work of a collective group of artists who, in the 90's, began a movement in the art world using D.I.Y. aesthetics from skateboarding, graffiti, and underground music such as punk and hip-hop.
"Linotype: The Film" Film Screening / February 2012
We hosted the first Boston screening of "Linotype: The Film", a feature-length documentary centered around the Linotype type casting machine. Called the "Eighth Wonder of the World" by Thomas Edison, it revolutionized printing and society. Following the film, director Doug Wilson and special guests from the film, including Matthew Carter, participated in a Q&A session with our audience.
"Milton Glaser: To Inform & Delight" Film Screening / Dec. 2011
Wendy Keys's film, "To Inform & Delight", featuring design legend Milton Glaser, was our first screening of the season in our Art & Design Film series. Emerson College was our sponsor, offering their screening room as our venue.
New Technologies & Natural Phenomena / March 2010
Nervous System presented their wearable product line—one that is inspired by mathematical patterns in nature. Using generative art via the Processing programming language, they create other-worldly 3D-printed jewelry, furnishings, and clothing. We followed the talk with a social "Shop 'n Sip" retail event sponsored by our hosts and local boutique, GRAND.