Announcing the Speakers for the Spring 2016 Visiting Lecture Series


We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Spring 2016 season. Read more about Natasha Jen, Giorgia Lupi, Bobby Martin, and Cameron "The Closer" Tonkinwise!

Natasha Jen: 7pm, Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Natasha Jen is an award-winning designer and the youngest partner at Pentagram. Born in Taipei, Taiwan, she joined Pentagram’s New York office as partner in 2012. Natasha’s work is recognized for its innovative use of graphic, digital, and spatial interventions that challenge conventional notions of media and cultural contexts. Her work is immediately recognizable, encompassing brand identity systems, exhibition design, digital interfaces, signage and way-finding systems, print and architecture. Her current clients include YouTube, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Vitra (USA), MIT Architecture, Storefront for Art & Architecture, Phaidon, BIG/Bjarke Ingels Group, FR-EE, TsAo & Mckown Architects, among others. She has earned a variety of awards and appeared in a number of publications, including Print Magazine, Creative Review, Metropolis, Flaunt Magazine, China Art and Design, Soda Magazine, and Rosebud. She was a winner of Art Directors Club’s Young Guns 4 and also served as a judge for the competition in 2007 and 2011. In 2014, Wired Magazine named her as one of nine “Designers Who Matter.” Natasha has been a guest critic at Yale University School of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, and Maryland Institute College of Art. Currently, she is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.


Bobby Martin: Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Bobby C. Martin Jr. is a designer and educator based in New York City. He co-founded the branding and design agency, OCD | The Original Champions of Design. At OCD, he develops brand identity systems for a broad range of clients that include the Friends of the High Line, Girl Scouts of the USA, the National Basketball Association, The New York Times and Nike. His work has won numerous awards from AIGA, the Art Directors Club, Brand New, D&AD, Print and the Type Directors Club. Prior to founding OCD, Martin lead an internal design team at Nokia in London. Tasked with the redesign of their global packaging range, he managed implementation of the new packaging design strategy across four continents. He has also served as design director of Jazz at Lincoln Center. Working with Artistic Director, Wynton Marsalis, Martin implemented the brand identity as the organization moved to its new home at the TimeWarner Center in Columbus Circle.


Giorgia Lupi: Thursday, March 31, 2016

Giorgia Lupi is an information designer. Her work in information visualization frequently crosses the divide between digital and print, exploring visual models and metaphors to represent rich data-driven stories. Her work challenges the impersonality that data might communicate, through engaging visual narratives able to connect numbers to what they stand for: knowledge, behaviors, people. She is co-founder and design director at Accurat (accurat.it), an information design agency based in Milan and New York; Accurat analyzes data and contexts and designs analytical tools and visual narratives that provide awareness, comprehension and engagement.
In 2014, she obtained a PhD in Information Design at Politecnico di Milano. Her work has been published and featured in magazines such as the New York Times, Wired, Popular Science, Popular Mechanics, Fast Company, The Huffington Post, Cool Hunting, Hyperallergic, It’s Nice that, Flash Art, Ottagono, Vogue, among all. Her work has been featured in several recent books, won important international awards and has been exhibited in major venues around the world.


Cameron Tonkinwise: Monday, April 11, 2016

Cameron Tonkinwise, Director of Design Studies at the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Cameron has a background in philosophy; his dissertation concerned the educational philosophies of Martin Heidegger. Cameron continues to research what designers can learn from philosophies of making, material culture studies and sociologies of technology. Cameron is facilitating the School of Design's creation of a new Design Studies sequence of courses that better prepare designers for a wider scope of work and the more interdisciplinary challenges of 21st century societies. Cameron is also chairing the PhD Committee that is currently restructuring the School of Design's PhD program. He has extensive experience with practice-based design research, having supervised and examined reflective practice and artifact-based research projects and written about the epistemologies particular to this kind of work. Cameron's primary area of research is sustainable design. In particular, he focuses on the design of systems that lower societal materials intensity, primarily by decoupling use and ownership - in other words, systems of shared use. Cameron has published a range of articles on the role of design, and in particular, service design, in the promotion of the sharing economy and collaborative consumption.