We are delighted to announce our Visiting Lecture Series lineup for the Spring 2019 season. Read more about Ingrid Fetell, Emily Cohen, Nina Montgomery, Ti Chang, and Sam Potts below!

Ingrid Fetell Lee, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Ingrid Fetell Lee is a designer and author whose groundbreaking work reveals the hidden influence of our surroundings on our emotions and wellbeing. As a former design director at IDEO, author of Joyful: The Surprising Power of Ordinary Things to Create Extraordinary Happiness, and the founder of the website The Aesthetics of Joy, she empowers people to find more joy in life and work through design. Her immensely popular TED talk “Where Joy Hides and How to Find it” has been viewed more than 17 million times. She has over twelve years of experience in design and branding and was a founding faculty member in the Products of Design program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. She holds a Master’s in Industrial Design from Pratt Institute and a Bachelor’s in English and Creative Writing from Princeton University.


Ti Chang: Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Ti is an industrial designer / entrepreneur passionate about designing products for women. She is the co-founder and VP of Design of CRAVE , a San Francisco-based company specializing in discreet and luxury sex toys. Ti leads the concept and design for the company’s full line of products which has won numerous awards including Red Dot, IDEA and Good Design. She is best known for the design of Vesper , a vibrator necklace, one of the most celebrated and innovative sex toys disrupting the adult toy industry and changing the conversation around sex.


Emily Cohen: Wednesday, January 30, 2019

A brutally honest consultant, Emily Cohen has been honored to consult and work with many leading creative firms across the country. Through these experiences, she has developed, tested, and curated key business insights and strategies that have helped firms become more effective, profitable, and fun to work at. Emily conducts strategic business planning retreats and provides confidential, best-practice insights and advice on staff, client, and process-management strategies. She loves sharing her expertise through speaking engagements, guest posts, her Skillshare class, webinars, industry activism, and, most recently, in her new book: Brutally Honest , No-bullshit Business Strategies to Evolve your Creative Business. She is also fast-talker, a designer by degree, an avid reader, a trend-spotter, a connector, and her clients’ advocate.


Nina Montgomery: Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Nina Montgomery is a Design Researcher at IDEO, and editor and author of "Perspectives on Purpose: Building Brands and Businesses for the Twenty-First Century.” An archaeologist-turned-strategist, Nina is fascinated by how culture shapes the things people believe and the ways they behave. Leaning into this love, Nina has helped brands like Nike figure out its purpose in youth culture, P&G find its POV on sustainability, Diageo distill a new vodka made from wasted fruits, and the Dubai government enable human enterprise. Nina currently works at IDEO and is a fellow at TRIPTK.


Sam Potts: Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sam Potts is a designer, occasional information architect, sometimes content strategist, and lapsed amateur bicycle framebuilder. Known for operating as the proprietor of Sam Potts Inc., his clients ranged from publishing companies to philanthropic foundations to restaurants to the “miscellaneous.” Some of better-known projects from that time include: two websites for beloved children’s book author Jon Scieszka; three books for humorist John Hodgman; the complete identity system for the IFC Center, the Independent Film Channel’s NYC flagship movie theater; a poster diagramming all the characters in David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest, and subjective infographics like this.