September 21, 2021

ArtCenter College of Design Hosts First Ever Creative Technology Week: October 11th through October 15th

To showcase ArtCenter’s legacy and leadership in the field of creative technology as it intersects with product design, graphic design, interaction design and media design practices

ArtCenter’s Creative Tech Week highlights the college's influence of creative technology and the expanding roles of artists and designers in the field. The program will define pathways for aspiring creative technologists to engage through classes, internships, and careers. Panelists and speakers leading the industry will share insights on key trends, challenges and opportunities. Educators, artists, designers, technologists, students and the public are invited to join this virtual series taking place Monday, October 11th through Friday, October 15th, 2021. Hosted by ArtCenter College of Design, the events are free and open to the public at this link: Reservations are required.

“We’re thrilled to bring together a broad range of leaders in the creative tech space to explore how the field has evolved and where it is headed,” said Maggie Hendrie, chair of Graduate Media Design Practices and Undergraduate Interaction Design at ArtCenter. “Artists and designers must be prepared not only for multidisciplinary projects and work environments but for a medium that can range from sensor-driven networks and wearables to gameplay and XR.”

ArtCenter defines “creative technology” as the invention and hacking of technology for both artistic and practical purposes. Tools include but are not limited to: code, computation, electronics, AI + machine learning, extended reality, digital creation and digital communication. ArtCenter’s history in creative technology ranges from the black and white zone system in photography to automotive clay modeling, electronics, computational design, immersive media and new modes of creation and communication. The influence and impact of this technology in our daily lives expands beyond design and the visual arts across a wide range of applications and industries and is innately intertwined with the human experience.

Creative Tech Week will offer conversations that connect the professional and educational communities to this way of making and thinking. ArtCenter’s academic departments will provide views into diverse practices in creative technology. ArtCenter’s Career and Professional Development team will offer sessions for students focused on new career paths, portfolio development and interview practices.

Monday: Creative Technology at ArtCenter

Tuesday: Perspectives From Our Global Creative Community

Wednesday: Creative Tech: New Modes of Storytelling

Thursday: Technology and Human Creativity

Friday: Future Futures

Included in the extensive speaker lineup are incredible designers leading the industry such as:

Iddris Sandu - Founder of Spatial Labs, Tech Consultant for Twitter, SnapChat and others
Ivy Ross - ArtCenter Trustee and VP, Head of Design for all Hardware Products at Google
Magdalena Paluch - Co-Founder of Lab Twin, ArtCenter Alum
Safir Bellali - Senior Director of Advanced Digital Creation at VF Corp, ArtCenter Alum/Faculty
Guidione Machava - Founder, WCD School
Elise Co - Principal of Aeolab and ArtCenter Faculty
Jenny Lee - CEO, Plympton and Co-founder, Emojination
Allison Parrish - Poet and Software Engineer

The majority of the week is remote and recorded, there will be moments of in-person engagement from the Immersion Lab, Graduate Center for Critical Practice, ArtCenter Berlin and our Community Hubs in Shanghai and Seoul.

Speaker availability is subject to change. For more information, please visit

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About ArtCenter College of Design Founded in 1930 and located in Pasadena, California, ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education. ArtCenter offers 11 undergraduate and seven graduate degrees in a wide variety of industrial design disciplines as well as visual and applied arts. In addition to its top-ranked academic programs, the College also serves members of the Greater Los Angeles region through a highly regarded series of year-round continuing education programs for all ages and levels of experience. Renowned for both its ties to industry and its social impact initiatives, ArtCenter is the first design school to receive the United Nations’ Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status. Throughout the College’s long and storied history, ArtCenter alumni have had a profound impact on popular culture, the way we live and important issues in our society.

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Teri Bond, Director of Media Relations
ArtCenter College of Design
626 396-2385

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ArtCenter’s Creative Tech Week October 11 through October 15 will highlight the College's influence on creative technology and the expanding roles of artists and designers in the field. © ArtCenter College of Design/Juan Posada
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Educators, artists, designers, technologists, students and the general public are invited to attend ArtCenter’s Creative Tech Week October 11th through October 15th. Registration is required. © ArtCenter College of Design/Juan Posada
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Creative Tech Week keynotes, presentations and discussion will address how Creative Technologists develop tools to promote inclusivity and diversity. © ArtCenter College of Design/Juan Posada