2017 South Conference | Schedule

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 7

  Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture
4200 Elgin St., Houston TX 77204
1:00 – 1:30 Welcome & Introduction | Chris Livaudais, IDSA, InReality, South District VP & EunSook Kwon, IDSA, University of Houston
1:30 – 2:45 Blitz Presentations
Jeff Smith, IDSA, Autodesk
Eddie Licitra, LUNAR
Ben Bush, SCAD
Jose Augilar, māk studio
2:45 – 3:30 Coffee Break
3:30 – 4:00 Forget You and the Ideas You Rode In On
Coming up with good ideas is what designers do. But do our ideas define us? The reality is, it’s not important where an idea comes from. What matters is how it’s brought to life.

Grayson Byrd, IDSA, will talk about how loosening your grip on ideas, collaborating with a diverse set of minds and taking the initiative are critical to bringing an idea to life.

Speaker: Grayson Byrd, IDSA, Dolby Labs

4:00 – 4:30 Unpacking Social Impact
The ultimate goal of good design is to create a product or service that impacts the user in some beneficial manner. But as our culture becomes increasingly complex, how do we define “benefit”—and more importantly—“impact.”

Can design impact a user not only in their immediate interaction—but in the larger social, economic and environmental ecosystem of the user? If a design benefits the user—but negatively impacts their community—is it really “good design?”

Allie Miller of Spark Corps will work to answer the question, “What is social impact design?” through the lens of what we are designing; how it is being designed; and who are the designers.

Speaker:  Allie Miller, Spark Corps

4:30 – 5:00 No One Needs Another Predictable Anything
Brands are people. They’re living, breathing, complicated sorts of creatures that bumble about during our daily lives. Despite their capacity to grow and evolve, the vast majority of brands and business remain static.

Founder and creative director of Side Project Skateboards, Jake Eshelman, will offer insight into the unique production process behind his skateboards and share their brief creative history to illustrate the many insights, opportunities and lessons you can learn from building a fluid brand.

Speaker:  Jake Eshelman, Side Project Skateboards

5:00 – 5:15 Closing Remarks | Chris Livaudais, IDSA, InReality, South District VP
 

SATURDAY, APRIL 8

9:00 – 9:45 Morning Coffee
9:45 – 10:00 WelcomeChris Livaudais, IDSA, InReality, South District VP
10:00 – 11:00 Portfolio Review | Session 1
10:00 – 11:00

Sketch On! A Workshop | Session 1
Sketching is a visual language, capturing ideas on paper, and these days, on a screen. There is a foundation and there are rules to this visual language. Come sketch with Jeff Smith, IDSA, education manager for Autodesk, in a hands-on workshop. He will lead participants through a series of drills followed by the “how” and “why.” Smith has a simple theory—practicing with the right skills, everyone can improve!

SpeakerJeff Smith, IDSA, Autodesk

10:00 – 11:00 Workshop | IN2 Innovation
Innovation at the Speed of Business
The IN2 Innovation team’s collaborative session will showcase innovation practice in action. In this workshop, you’ll get to see, and participate in, the professional design process.

This workshop will focus on why we apply our skills the way we do. Together we’ll approach a problem, establish a foundation, rapidly generate ideas and visualize a new solution that’s ready to share primetime with a client. Get an inside look at an award-winning approach to innovation—and how to do it quickly.

SpeakerDavid Singer, IDSA, IN2 Innovation


11:15 – 12:15 Portfolio Review | Session 2
11:15 – 12:15

Sketch On! A Workshop | Session 2
Sketching is a visual language, capturing ideas on paper, and these days, on a screen. There is a foundation and there are rules to this visual language. Come sketch with Jeff Smith, IDSA, education manager for Autodesk, in a hands-on workshop. He will lead participants through a series of drills followed by the “how” and “why.” Smith has a simple theory—practicing with the right skills, everyone can improve!

Speaker: Jeff Smith, IDSA, Autodesk

11:15 – 12:15

Just go get a job and get paid! It can’t be that hard.
So hopefully, you’re graduating soon—#fingerscrossed.

John McCabe, IDSA, of Aether Learning answers the questions: How do you stand out from the crowd? What’s your strategy to get noticed and snag an interview? Do you know how to act in an interview? Is this job a good place for growth? What about negotiating benefits? You do know salary isn’t a big deal right?

He’ll cover all this—and talk about puppies. #BeTransparent #alwayshumble #learneveryday

Speaker: John McCabe, IDSA, Aether


12:15 – 1:30 Lunch
1:30 – 3:15 Student Merit Presentations
3:15 – 3:45

Connections
People, objects, environments. By defining singular connections among these subjects, how can we approach design more meaningfully?

Elvin Chu, IDSA, of Matter, shares his thoughts on how connections influence his creative process.

SpeakerElvin Chu, IDSA, Matter

3:45 – 4:15 Coffee Break
4:15 – 5:00 Moving Forward Through Making
Speaker
: Liz Cordill, māk studio
5:00 – 5:30

Designing for Everyone: Inclusive Design is Good Business
In the design of physical products, the principle of universal design has long been embraced to elevate society while doing good business. But as designers go digital, the idea of being inclusive has to scale in ways like never before.

In tech, for example, designers frequently work on large, global teams and must build relationships with all kinds of people. The experiences they design for touch users across every continent around the world. The strength of their collaboration makes the difference between the success or failure of their offerings in the market.

Hayley Hughes, IBM design language lead, asks when we're all-inclusive in the 21st century, how does it change the definition of what it means to be a designer?

Speaker: Hayley Hughes, IBM

5:30 – 5:45 Student Merit Award Winner Announced | Kevin Shankwiler, IDSA, Substitute Education Rep
5:45 – 6:00 Closing Remarks | Chris Livaudais, IDSA, InReality, South District VP
6:00 – 7:00 Closing Happy Hour | Hilton University of Houston, 4450 University Drive