Creatives. Just a few folks we've talked to thus far... more to come.
A design anthropologist, researcher, academic leader, writer, and educator Dori is Dean, Faculty of Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCAD U) in Toronto. Dori holds a PhD and an MA in Anthropology from Stanford and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College. She is interested in human values and design as a manifestation of those values. Dori observes that design translates values into tangible experiences and asks others to consider what their values are. Her use of design and design technologies to make values more tangible and apparent to people validates that design is not all about mass consumption and unbridled capitalism. Suggesting values of equality, democracy, fairness, integration, and connection, are to some extent what we've lost and design can help make those values more tangible and express how we can use them to make the world a better place.
RHED is a multi-disciplinary design firm led by Del Terrelonge whose mandate is to have design be integrated with the process of commerce and other viable markets. They provide a range design services for its projects by bringing innovation to the forefront and challenge the preconceived notion of design. The spectrum of design diversity ranges from architectural, interior, product, furniture, graphic and new media, all supported by its marketing awareness. The reputation of the studio has been built on meticulous attention to detail and its organic approach to design. This approach intricately connects the essence of a project and materials to its environment. The studio’s philosophy is like the creation of jazz, unorthodox in its approach but clear in its play.
MICHELE Y. WASHINGTON
A New York City-based designer, Michele maintains a user-centered mindset and a passion for design research. She applies Design Thinking and User-Centered Interaction Design solutions to address complex issues, which deliver meaningful solutions and solve problems that are culturally relevant. Some of her recent projects include mobile publishing platforms and web-based integration, Content Strategy and curating popups. Michele holds two master degrees in Design Criticism from the School of Visual Arts and in Communications Design from Pratt Institute. Michele is also on the faculty of the MA Faculty Exhibition Design program at the Fashion Institute of Technology, where she teaches Branding and Design. Her writing and visual essays have appeared on the AIGA Design Journey site, Print Magazine, IRAAA Webzine and the Design Crit Chapbook.
Glenford Laughton is a designer, developer and founder of Laughton Creatves. His multi-disciplinary design agency operates from a view that design is a collaborative discipline to bring his clients vision to life.
With experience that spans more than 20 years they serve a range of businesses from start-ups to large corporations in North America and beyond. With their diverse list of clients, they make sense of their marketing before design, in order to leverage different channels to build momentum and propel their businesses forward.
A senior creative management professional Sandra’s career includes creative development, production, and management of national, international, and global corporate brands. Her proven track record of leadership throughout the design and production lifecycle for a broad range of products and brand standards, guiding everything from concept creation of a recognizable, impactful brand image to production of collateral, advertising, photography, design and other key tools critical to the success of a corporate brand. Working with some of the top retail corporations in the consumer goods industries, media agencies and venders, Sandra’s has a commitment to contributing a unique blend of creative vision and execution of strategic and compelling marketing and online initiatives.