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Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series

Fall 2019

Designers In Their Own Words

Through the years, the Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series has invited top professionals to share their knowledge and experience with design students at CSULB. This coming year marks the expansion of that series to a bi-monthly event. Thanks to Cecelia Anderson-Malcolm and the Duncan Anderson Endowment, CSULB now has an ongoing design lecture series to rival those at private design schools. The CSULB Industrial Design Program is working closely with IDSA-LA, and its student chapters, to schedule an exciting line-up of speakers. Please let your chapter officers know of professionals you want to meet and hear at future events.

September 5 | Eric MacDonald

Eric MacDonald

Thursday, September 5, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department Duncan Anderson Gallery

Eric MacDonald
Product Design Manager, OM Seating

Contract Furniture Design Market

Eric MacDonald is the Product Design and Development Manager at OM Seating, helping to bring thoughtful functionality, style, safety, and originality into the contract furniture design market. Based in Ontario, California, OM designs and manufactures award winning seating solutions with an extensive portfolio of chair families that fit nearly every work mode and work space. OM always strives to show some personality, while encouraging the influence of architects, designers and ergonomists.

Eric graduated with an industrial design degree from California State University Long Beach in 2009. While in the design program, he won the Wilsonart Challenges design competition, displaying at his first furniture tradeshow, ICFF in New York. He was also awarded a Cortona Design Retreat Scholarship, founded by Joe Ricchio and Michael Kammermeyer, which took him to the Milan Furniture Fair. Since graduation, Eric has designed and developed products for companies like Apple, Belkin, and Peter Pepper Products. His current role at OM has taken him to Europe, Asia, and all over the US, working with development partners and introducing new product designs.

September 12 | Gamal Prather

Gamal Prather

Thursday, September 12, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department Duncan Anderson Gallery

Gamal Prather
Founder/Owner + Minister of Culture, The Instead Company

 

TRAJECTORY

The Instead Company's mission is "to use Design to facilitate engaging, compelling discussions about our relationship to food."

Leading all efforts related to design, sales, marketing, supply chain, production and distribution for the "Be The Change" cookie product, which is intended to encourage consumers to consider eating more plant-based foods.

He will be discussing the trajectory of his career, important lessons learned thus far, specifically having to do with:

1- organizing a freelance business ... tracking time, managing cashflow, accounting & bookkeeping, networking, file naming & organization, managing clients, developing business.

2- developing an enjoyable workflow ... Airtable, Pen & Paper, Blender, Rhino, Unreal Studio, Sketchfab.

3- balancing personal & professional wellness ... nutrition, sleep, exercise/movement, finding/creating community.

September 26 | Kenji Okada

Kenji Okada

Thursday, September 26, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department Duncan Anderson Gallery

Kenji Okada
Director of Design, Soft Goods, InCase

TRANSITIONS

TRANSITIONS
Navigating a design career post graduation and my transition from traditional Industrial Design (hard goods) to a soft goods designer. Becoming more specialized in skills as my career developed.

I want to touch on how school provides the base of technical skills put within each job you develop your skills further and with more focus. As careers progress it can feel like you are becoming pigeon holed but it is possible to leverage those skills and make a transition into another area of design without starting over completely. In addition I will talk about how good fortune has played into my career and how I capitalized on it.

I am the current Director of Design, Soft Goods at Incase designing products focused around the Apple ecosystem. From an early age I had a fascination with product that eventually led me to CSULB Industrial Design. Upon graduation in 2014, I have designed numerous tech accessories with a focus on mobile phones. Through the Incipio Group, I have worked with both in house brands, licensed brands, and collaborations across the fashion, automotive and lifestyle channels. Now with Incase I concentrate on continuing the 20+ year legacy the brand has created by designing useful, intuitive products with the creative in mind.

October 10 | Trenton Williams

Trenton Williams

Thursday, October 10, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department Duncan Anderson Gallery

Trenton Williams
Footwear Designer, Adidas

Lecture title

Copy to come.

October 17 | Kristine Upesleja

Kristine Upesleja

Thursday, October 17, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department Duncan Anderson Gallery

Kristine Upesleja
Founder & President, MADISONS - Innovative Materials

Lecture Title

Copy to come.

October 24 | Trish Abbot and Sarah Stein

Trish Abbot and Sarah Stein

Thursday, October 24, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department, Lecture Hall 112

Trish Abbot and Sarah Stein

Brand Discussions

Copy to come.

October 31 | Design Horror Stories

Design Horror Stories ghost costume

Thursday, October 31, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department, Lecture Hall 112

Various
Discussion Panel

Design Horror Stories

Copy to come.

November 7 | Christian Dotson

Christian Dotson

Thursday, November 7, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department Duncan Anderson Gallery

Christian Dotson
Owner, Dotson Design

Lecture Title

Copy to come.

November 14 | Samuele Montorfano

Samuele Montorfano

Thursday, November 14, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department Duncan Anderson Gallery

Samuele Montorfano
Industrial Designer & Styling Center Manager, CIFA

Lecture Title

Copy to come.

December 5 | Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar

Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar

Thursday, December 5, 7:00-9:45pm
In The CSULB Design Department Duncan Anderson Gallery

Ruki Neuhold-Ravikumar
Dirctor of Education, Cooper Hewitt

Lecture Title

Copy to come.