Lisa Marks, IDSA

Lisa Marks, IDSA
Assistant Professor of Technology and Applied Design
Berea College

Lisa Marks, IDSA, is an assistant professor of technology and applied design at Berea College in Kentucky. Her work explores the borders of and interactions between parametric technology and handcraft, often focusing on textile techniques and drawing inspiration from endangered crafts.

Marks taught for seven years at Parsons School of Design in New York City and presented around the globe from Minneapolis to Bangkok.  She started an experimental opera company and a tension fabric structure company; and worked with large brands including Google, Jet Blue, Swarovski and Nike.

Global Design: Supporting Craft with Parametric Design Techniques

As industrial design continues to embrace digital manufacturing, we are in constant danger of losing the culturally indicative crafts that express individual cultures.

As global wealth inequality grows, can we create low tech, parametric tools to bring products to global market?  Must the spread of generative design in products mean a drop in artisanal jobs that support entire towns and regions?  Can we blur the line between designer and maker by working collaboratively?

Lisa Marks, IDSA, of Berea College examines ways new design tools can go to emerging and potential markets to create opportunity without losing jobs, skills and traditions. She will connect design to production by looking upstream, encouraging socially sustainable practice.