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AROUND TOWN -- In a Rapidly Changing World, Who Is a Designer?

  • Savage Smyth 920 North Franklin Street Chicago, IL, 60610 United States (map)


Imagine a world where everyone is a designer. The key aspects of design - empathy, user research, prototyping, and implementation - had become common practice to make social impact.

Would we need designers if everyone practiced design?

Join Design for America Alumni + Friends for a dynamic conversation delving into the changing role of design and how to maintain quality as the meaning of the discipline shifts. In this time of rapid change, panelists from diverse backgrounds will debate the obstacles of scaling design-thinking and implications for impact as the practice of design spreads.


Gabrielle Lyon, Vice President Education and Experience at Chicago Architecture Center
Jason Kunesh, Design Director at the City of Chicago 
Vernon Lockhart, Principal at Project Osmosis and Art on the Loose Inc.
Jennifer Brandel, CEO and Founder at Hearken

Special Thanks

Our gracious hosts; Savage Smyth is Chicago’s creative event venue where innovators across all fields can connect, create, and foster their own experiences.

Experience design by Rich Alapack of we all live here

This event is part of Chicago Design Week, seven days worth of programming and events dedicated to a close examination of the fluid and evolving state of design and the role it plays in society.

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