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October 11-15, 2021

Creative Tech Week

ArtCenter’s Creative Tech Week highlights the College's influence on creative technology and the expanding roles of artists and designers in the field.

The program will define pathways for students to engage with creative technology through classes, internships and careers, and share insights on key trends, challenges and opportunities. Educators, artists, designers, technologists, students and the general public are invited to join. Keynotes, presentations and discussion will address:

  • What is Creative Tech? Code, Computation, Electronics, AI + Machine Learning, Extended Reality, Digital Creation and Digital Communication.
  • How do Artists and Designers work and lead in Creative Tech? Collaborate, combine, mix, redefine, and author projects in a world underwritten in technology
  • How has ArtCenter contributed to the field of Creative Tech in the past and how will we shape its future?
  • How are Creative Technologists developing tools to promote inclusivity and diversity?
  • What is the practical impact of Creative Tech on career paths and new opportunities?

Please note, while Creative Tech Week is free and open to the public, certain events are open to current ArtCenter students only.


Registration required for attendance.
Sessions with Google, Amazon and Encore are open to current students only.

Monday, Oct 11: Creative Technology at ArtCenter

  • 12:00pm - 1:00 PM
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    Creating Connections - Meet Google and ArtCenter Alumni

    (Open to current students only)

    Join Googlers in a conversation about their impact within creative technology at Google. They are excited to share their journey since leaving ArtCenter and lead a discussion built around the interests of the audience. Bring your questions, as this will be an interactive session.

    Speakers: Julia Hong, Industrial Designer, Google; Diane Wei, Senior User Experience Designer, Google; Sean Wang, Interaction Design, Google

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Introducing Creative Tech at ArtCenter and Opening Keynote: Neuroaesthetics and the Future of Experience

    Karen Hofmann will open Creative Tech Week with an introduction to ArtCenter and its remarkable legacy in the field of Creative Technology. Immediately following, Ivy Ross will present the program’s opening keynote address.

    Neuroaesthetics and the Future of Experience: How is creative technology connecting human experience to the physical environment and how can perceptions of sound, light, color and texture enhance and augment spaces for work, rest and play? Join Ivy for an overview of Neuroaesthetics with key insights for artists and designers seeking to explore this new and evolving field between design, body and mind.

    Speaker: Karen Hofmann, Provost, ArtCenter College of Design; Ivy Ross, Vice President, Design for Hardware Products at Google and Trustee, ArtCenter

  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm

    Future of Making

    What are the tools, technologies and workflows required to practice as a creative technologist? Join industry leaders for a deep dive into the future of making.

    Speakers: Arnie Martin, Associate Professor, ArtCenter; Elise Co, Cofounder, Aeolab and ArtCenter Faculty; Safir Bellali, Senior Director Advanced Digital Creation, VF Corp and ArtCenter Faculty; Chris Hacker (Moderator), Chair, Product Design, ArtCenter

Tuesday, Oct 12: Perspectives from Our Global Creative Community

  • 9:00am - 10:00 am

    Creative Tech Journeys from Studio to the Global Consultancy

    Join alum Thomas Mueller as he shares insights and projects from the global creative tech community.

    Speaker: Thomas Mueller, Global Design Lead, Accenture Design, Accenture Interactive

  • 10:00am - 11:00 am

    Creative Tech Journeys from Startup to CEO

    How does a creative mindset and a foundation in design enable leadership in technology? Join La Mer and Magdalena in a conversation that on will highlight their unique experiences in creative tech spanning consultancies, corporation and startups.

    Speakers: La Mer Walker, Cofounder and Chief Creative Officer, Valence; Magdalena Paluch, CEO, Lab Twin; Kristine Bowne (Moderator)

  • 12:00pm - 1:00pm

    Creating Connections - Meet Della Tosin, Senior Designer, Experience & Retail @ Amazon

    (Open to current students only)

    Join Della in conversation about her impact within creative technology at Amazon. Della is excited to share her journey since leaving ArtCenter and lead a discussion built around the interests of the audience. Bring your questions, as this will be an interactive session.

    Speaker: Della Tosin, Senior Designer, Retail and Experience, Amazon

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Creative Technology and the Design Studio: Charting the Evolution of Practice

    Join Sean Adams and Jessica Helfand for an overview of creative technology’s influence on graphic design practice. What can we learn from past shifts in studio tools, process and workflow? How have these impacted project deliverables and how have designers adapted to these changes over time?

    Speakers: Jessica Helfand, Partner and Creative Director, Design Observer; Sean Adams (Moderator), Chair, Graphic Design

Wednesday, Oct 13: Creative Tech: New Modes of Storytelling

  • 11:00am - 12:00 pm

    C4PTCH4 TH1S: Poetry, BOTS, Humans and Language

    Poets Allison Parrish and Sam Creely discuss the increasing complexity of a conversation when visual or written language is transcribed into a digital environment. Whether a poem created through machine-based learning or a notated dance, conversations made through technology still contain the explicit structures and artifacts of their original language.

    *C4PTCH4 TH1S sessions are presented in partnership with Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography.

    Speakers: Allison Parrish, Poet, Programmer, Assistant Arts Professor, NYU ITP/IMA; Sam Creely, Poet, ArtCenter Faculty; Prof. Gloria Kondrup (Moderator), Executive Director, HMCT, ArtCenter Faculty

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Impact of Emergent Tech on Creative Education

    Join creative education leaders as they share how emergent technologies shape and drive innovation in art and design education.

    Speakers: Guidione Machava, Founder, World-Class Designer School; Todd Masilko, Director, ArtCenter Interaction Design Department and ArtCenter Faculty; Ian Sands, Founder and Managing Partner, Pilot; Jenny Rodenhouse (Moderator), Director, ArtCenter Immersion Lab and ArtCenter Faculty

Thursday, Oct 14: Technology and Human Creativity

  • 11:00am - 12:00 pm

    C4PTCH4 TH1S: Emoji and the Evolution of Communication

    As of September 2021, there are 3,633 emojis in the Unicode Standard, and they continue to grow as a language and perhaps even have the potential to form an emoji dialect. Jennifer 8 Lee is the founder of Emojination, a grassroots group whose motto is “Emoji by the people, for the people.”

    *C4PTCH4 TH1S sessions are presented in partnership with Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography.

    Speakers: Jennifer 8. Lee, Entrepreneur, Journalist, Producer, Founder of Emojination; Robbie Nock (Moderator), Director, Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice, ArtCenter

  • 12:00pm - 1:00 pm
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    Creating Connections - Meet John Deyto From EA

    (Open to current students only)

    How is creative technology enabling non-linear gameplay and storytelling? Join ArtCenter alum John Deyto for a conversation and Q&A to learn about opportunities and projects at EA.

    Speaker: John Deyto, Director, Experience Design at Electronic Arts (EA)

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Speculative Studio

    Explore Beatie's creative process and collaborative practice that connects art, design, science, technology and music to new ways of seeing.

    Speaker: Beatie Wolfe, Musician and Artist

  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm

    Responsible Practice: Crafting Emergent Technology

    Perspective from enterprise designers on the adoption and integration of technology in the research, development and launch of new products and services. When tools and technology are emergent, how can designers navigate potential outcomes, predict challenges and work to protect users from negative experiences? What are some of the approaches and questions you apply when considering new technologies and how can these help designers and collaborative teams avoid unintentional consequences?

    Speakers: JD Buckley, Senior Director Service Design, Service Titan and ArtCenter Faculty; Kevin Simmons, Service Designer, Volvo Group; Azeez Alli, Product Designer, Netflix; Product Designer, Netflix; Robbie Nock (Moderator), Director, Entrepreneurship and Professional Practice, ArtCenter

Friday, Oct 15: Future Futures

  • 11:00am - 12:00 pm

    C4PTCH4 TH1S: The Role of Graphic Design in Technology

    New tools, technologies, and techniques are impacting the expanding field of graphic design: a discipline that has transcended its role as commercial art practice, to that of an essential and universal tool for communicating a multi-dimensional experience through type and image across a diverse landscape of traditional and emerging media. Our panel of educators and professionals will discuss the continuing impact of technology on typography and design.

    *C4PTCH4 TH1S sessions are presented in partnership with Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography.

    Speakers: Brad Bartlett, Designer, Educator, Author and ArtCenter Professor; Mike Abbink, Executive Creative Director, IBM Design Language, and Carbon Design System, IBM Distinguished Designer; Lucienne Roberts, Owner, LucienneRoberts+ / GraphicDesign&; Prof. Gloria Kondrup (Moderator), Executive Director, HMCT, ArtCenter Faculty

  • 12:00pm - 1:00 pm
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    Creating Connections - Meet So-Hee Woo, Head of XR Design @ Encore

    (Open to current students only)

    Interested in the world of Extended Reality (XR)? Join ArtCenter alum So-Hee Woo for a presentation and Q&A to learn about opportunities and projects Encore!

    Encore is on a mission to help artists make a living through their music by connecting them directly with their fans through interactive, live AR mobile experiences. Encore, currently in private beta, was co-founded in 2020 by Artist Kid Cudi, alongside CEO Jonathan Gray and President Ian Edelman (HBO’s How To Make It In America). Through Encore, artists can interact with fans, create unique visuals, drop exclusive new music and stream live AR shows - from anywhere, at any time. Think of Encore as a live production studio in your pocket - all you need is your phone.

    Speaker: So-Hee Woo

  • 1:00pm - 2:00pm

    Creative Tech Futures

    "New operating systems, programming languages and spatial apps will be birthed from the ashes of our old systems. Technologies will become more aware, cognitive and adaptive and will connect us once more to a core of what makes us human: our empathy." Iddris Sandu from "Inclusive Futures, 2021" in collaboration with Julian Scaff.

    Speakers: Iddris Sandu, Founder, Halt Labs; Founder, SpatiaLABs and Founder, ethosDNA; Julian Scaff, Associate Professor, ArtCenter; Maggie Hendrie (Moderator), Chair, Interaction Design and Graduate Media Design