Liz Sanders

Liz Sanders
MakeTools, LLC

Liz Sanders has a background in psychology and anthropology. In the past three decades, she had practiced co-designing across all design disciplines, developing new methods and tools to drive and/or inspire design from a human-centered perspective. She is the founder of MakeTools, a company that explores new spaces in emerging design landscapes. Sanders recently joined the Department of Design at The Ohio State University where she invites students and colleagues to participate in addressing the significant social, economic and environmental challenges we face today. Her new book is called Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design.

The New Industrial Revolution

In design, making is as much an ethos as it is a necessity. As designer-makers in the 21st century, we generally believe that the things we make are part of ourselves—an extension of our identity that allows us not only to distinguish ourselves, but also to invite others into our creative community. As a result, the design industry is changing—from the mass production methods of the past to a new era led by a new generation intent on doing, co-making, adopting DIY approaches and creating new tools that serve new needs. How will the new industrial revolution transform our profession and influence our society?