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Design for the Senses with Ellen Lupton

August 10, 2017 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


About the Talk
Design tells stories that touch people’s minds and bodies. Storytelling helps designers reach people in emotionally fulfilling ways. Designers in today’s cross-disciplinary, multimedia world create objects, images, and brands that activate all the senses. Designers can employ ideas about narrative, behavior, perception, and humor to amaze, delight, and orient the eye and mind.

How do vision and language interact with taste and smell? How does a song taste? How can designers engage the senses to create richer and more inclusive experiences? This presentation draws on Ellen Lupton’s ongoing research on design, storytelling, and multisensory experience.

About Ellen Lupton, Senior Curator of Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Ellen Lupton is a writer, curator, and graphic designer. She is director of the Graphic Design MFA program at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, where she also serves as director of the Center for Design Thinking. As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum since 1992, she has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including Mechanical Brides: Women and Machines from Home to Office (1993), Mixing Messages: Graphic Design and Contemporary Culture (1996), Letters from the Avant-Garde(1996), and Skin: Surface, Substance + Design (2002).

About Louisville Design Week
AIGA Louisville is hosting its third annual Louisville Design Week, which brings together designers and creative professionals for five consecutive days of lectures, workshops, and meet-ups that celebrate and inspire great design.

Speed members get a discount! Visit the AIGA Design Week page to see pricing and purchase tickets.


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