The boundaries between the disciplines are breaking down. People who were trained in industrial design and other fields are often working today in ways that are blurring the traditional boundaries. Moving from one complex problem to another, understanding what the social and technological causes are, and knowing how to address them, requires that designers develop not only skills of making and of craft, but also skills of thinking and analysis—and being able to bring theory and practice together in their work.
These issues will be looked at in a conversation with:
- Jamer Hunt, Director, Master of Fine Arts in Transdisciplinary Design, Parsons The New School for Design
- Fiona Raby, Partner, Dunne & Raby
- Moderated by Liliana Albertazzi, Architecture consultant, Intramuros; Professor and Researcher, Fondation Maison des sciences de l’homme; Associate member, Chaire sur l’altérité
Jamer Hunt, director of the Parsons MFA in Transdisciplinary Design, is founder of Big + Tall Design, which combines conceptual, collaborative, and communication design. He has written about design for Fast Company, Huffington Post and I.D. Magazine, which published his Manifesto for Post-Industrial Design. He has served on the Board of Directors of the American Center for Design and the Editorial Board of Design and Culture. With the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA), he collaborated on the symposiums Design and Elastic Mind and Headspace: On Scent as Design.
Fiona Raby is a partner in Dunne & Raby, a professor of Industrial Design at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, and a Reader in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London. Dunne & Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion about the social, cultural and ethical implications of existing and emerging technologies. Their work has been exhibited at the MoMA and the Pompidou Centre; publications include Design Noir: The Secret Life of Electronic Objects (Princeton Architectural Press); Hertzian Tales (MIT Press) and Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction and Social Dreaming (MIT Press, November 2013).
About Parsons Paris
Parsons The New School for Design is one of the world's leading art and design educational institutions. Based in New York but active around the globe, Parsons is an integral part of The New School, a progressive urban university. Since 1921, when Parsons became the first American art and design school to establish a presence in Paris, the school has maintained a close relationship with the city's design and cultural community. In fall 2013, Parsons will open a new academic center in Paris, offering students from around the world an innovative education that addresses the global nature of contemporary art and design while integrating the distinct culture and philosophy of this European capital. Parsons Paris presents exciting new opportunities for interaction with the influential Parisian and broader European art and design community. For more information, visit www.newschool.edu/parsonsparis.