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IDSA Boston

Universal Design?! Design for Extreme User in Extreme Conditions

April 30, Online Event from 10:00AM to 12:00PM




In an era of transformation, humanity is facing extreme weather conditions, climate change, aging issues, and other complex and systemic challenges. How do designers equip themselves by learning new knowledge in context, leveraging the emerging technologies, changing our current education system, and adapting our mindset and skill sets? Design 4 EUEC wants to provide a fresh human-centered perspective with love and comprehensive considerations from social, environmental, and economic ​perspectives to revisit these most difficult social-technological challenges. The virtual program will feature 3 outstanding speakers to be announced.

IDSA is the Industrial Design Society of America and was founded in 1965 and now boasts Professional and Student chapters in most major US cities. IDSA is designed to connect and promote designers and design thinking within our community and to share great design with communities beyond our own. We do this through a number of avenues: events, awards, publications, and advocating for the designers it represents. While “ID” in IDSA stands for “Industrial Design'', Sheng-Hung and Jonathon envision a chapter that transcends design discipline boundaries and brings designers for all arenas into dialogue. So, “ID” becomes “Inclusive Design”, with an interest in gathering interests and passionate people designers and thinkers together. It echoes our topic “Design for Extreme User in Extreme Conditions (Design 4 EUEC)”

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April 30, 2022

10:00~10:30 EDT

  • Prof. James Read, Director of Master in Design, Design Innovation at Massachusetts College of Art and Design

10:45~11:15 EDT

  • Kevin G. Bethune, Founder & CCO, dreams • design + life, ArtCenter trustee, TED speaker, DMI board chair

11:30~12:00 EDT

  • Jason Robinson, Design Director at IDEO



May 4, 2022

16:00~16:30 EDT

  • Dr. Chaiwoo Lee, Research Scientist at MIT AgeLab

16:45~17:15 EDT

  • Professor Miho Mazereeuw, Director of Urban Risk Lab at MIT

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