Historically, the “materials of design” have been refracted through the narrow lenses of form, function, and well, materiality. But what are the contemporary materials of design, or more urgently, what are contemporary ways of looking at those materials? From complexity, and information as design materials, to permission, participation, and subversion as design materials, this talk will present a rich palette of new design paint - resonant with power and urgency - giving designers a fresh set of tools with which to see and address today’s complex challenges.

Bio: Allan Chochinov is the Chair of the new, multi-disciplinary MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and a partner of Core77, the design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts since 1995. Allan lectures around the world and at professional conferences including IDSA, AIGA and IxDA, has been a speaker and guest critic at various schools in including Yale University, Columbia School of Business, MIT, RMIT, IIT and Carnegie Mellon. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference, the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, Compost Modern, and Winterhouse, and is a frequent design competition juror. Prior to SVA and Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields, as well as on consumer products and workplace systems. (Projects included work for Herman Miller, Johnson & Johnson, Federal Express, Kodak, A.C. Nielsen, Oral-B, Crunch Fitness and others.) He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, The One Club, I.D. Magazine, and Communication Arts. He has served on the boards of the AIGA, Designers Accord, Design Ignites Change, and DesigNYC, and has taught at both the undergraduate and graduate level since 1995.

Dinner and refreshments will be served.

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