Announcing the Speakers for the Fall 2015 Visiting Lecture Series


We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Fall 2015 season! (Please note that select lectures are open to the public, so RSVP early!)

Dale Dougherty: 7pm, Wednesday, September 23, 2015

This event is open to the public. RSVP here if you'd like to attend. (Seating is limited.)

Dale Dougherty is the founder and CEO of Maker Media, Inc. in Sebastopol, CA. Maker Media produces Make Magazine, which launched in 2005, and Maker Faire, which was held first in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006. MAKE has been the catalyst for a worldwide Maker Movement that is transforming innovation in industry, hands-on learning in education and the personal lives of makers of all ages. MAKE invites everyone to become a maker, and integrate creative goals with technical skills. Dougherty was a co-founder of O'Reilly Media, where he was the first editor of their computing trade books, and developed GNN in 1993, the first commercial website. He coined Web 2.0 in 1993. MAKE started at O'Reilly Media and spun out as its own company in January 2013. He grew up in Louisville, KY.


Margaret Maile Petty: Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Margaret Maile Petty is Head of the School of Design at Victoria University of Wellington (NZ) and has spent better part of the last decade focusing on innovation in design education, helping young designers to learn to speak many languages, to be able to work with engineers, scientists, artists, local and distant communities, to think like entrepreneurs, and to explore new technologies and tools while maintaining a design-led approach. Exploring the porous boundaries of design, Margaret argues that although the challenges designers face today have never been greater or more complex, the potential of the discipline for growth and impact is equally unlimited. Margaret is a founding member of DesignCo, a coalition New Zealand universities, government agencies and professional organizations united with the common aim of promoting the social, cultural, economic, and environmental benefits of design thinking, research and practice. In addition to her advocacy on the behalf of design education and practice, Margaret has published broadly on the discourse, production, and representation of artificial light in the built environment, and is a co-editor with Professors Dietrich Neumann and Sandy Isenstadt of Cities of Light (Routledge, 2014). She is also a co-editor of Architectures of Display: Department Stores and Modern Retail with Anca Lasc and Patricia Lara-Benacourt (Ashgate, 2016).


Natasha Jen: 7pm, Wednesday, November 18, 2015

This event is open to the public. RSVP here if you'd like to attend. (Seating is limited.)

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. 


Yancey Strickler: 7pm, Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Yancey Strickler is the co-founder and CEO of Kickstarter. Yancey served as Kickstarter’s head of community and head of communications before becoming CEO. Prior to Kickstarter, Yancey was a music journalist whose writing appeared in The Village Voice, New York magazine, Pitchfork, and other publications.