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How is design changing as a discipline and profession? What are the current landscapes and future horizons of innovation? ​What are the opportunities for the design community? AIGA explores these questions and more with creative practitioners and​ business​ leaders​ to deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future.

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How is design changing as a discipline and profession? What are the current landscapes and future horizons of innovation? ​What are the opportunities for the design community? AIGA explores these questions and more with creative practitioners and​ business​ leaders​ to deepen the impact of design across all disciplines on business, society, and our collective future.

    Design Adjacent with Ritesh Gupta, Founder of the Useful School on re-visioning design education, radical changes, impact of design, and finding a coach

    Design Adjacent with Ritesh Gupta, Founder of the Useful School on re-visioning design education, radical changes, impact of design, and finding a coach

    Ritesh Gupta is the founder of Useful School, the world’s first pay-what-you-can online design school for people of color. He specializes in product design, product management, branding, typography, and growth analytics. Ritesh has collaborated or worked for companies including Wieden+Kennedy, Mother Design, 2 Shark Tank companies, Sagmeister & Walsh, R/GA and Cooper Hewitt. His work has been featured in Adweek, AIGA Eye on Design, It’s Nice That, Wallpaper, Print Mag, Brand New, The Dieline, and more. He is also a volunteer for Where Are The Black Designers?.

    About AIGA Design Adjacent

    AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us.

    About Bennie F. Johnson

    Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.


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    • 38 min
    Design Adjacent with Lisa Sasaki, Interim Director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum on field trips, creating connections between people and objects, and museums without walls

    Design Adjacent with Lisa Sasaki, Interim Director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum on field trips, creating connections between people and objects, and museums without walls

    Lisa Sasaki is currently the interim director of the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. The new museum was established by Congress in late 2020 as part of the Smithsonian. Lisa was appointed interim director in March 2021and before joining the Smithsonian, she was the director of the Audience and Civic Engagement Center at the Oakland Museum of California. Lisa was the director of program development at the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles from 2003 until 2012, where she directed major institutional projects. During her tenure at JANM, she supervised the museum’s curatorial, public programs, web, education and collections departments and managed and led the strategic planning for programs, exhibitions, audience development and fundraising.

    About AIGA Design Adjacent

    AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us.

    About Bennie F. Johnson

    Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.


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    • 36 min
    Design Adjacent with Regina Bain on preserving a legacy, musical storytelling, clown class, and what it means to listen and respond

    Design Adjacent with Regina Bain on preserving a legacy, musical storytelling, clown class, and what it means to listen and respond

    Regina Bain is the Executive Director of the Louis Armstrong House Museum (LAHM). She is an artist, leader, facilitator and program designer with over 16 years of experience building non-profit capacity for organizational growth. Before joining LAHM, she served as Associate Vice President of the Posse Foundation. Posse is a national leadership and college access program which helps to send teams of students or “Posses” to top colleges and universities. Regina is committed to social justice. She facilitates and trains others to facilitate conversations on social identity, leadership and group dynamics. She is currently the co-chair of Culture @3’s anti-racism subcommittee. She serves on the national advisory council of Urban Bush Women (UBW). UBW is a dance company that galvanizes artists, activists and audiences through performances, artist development and community involvement. She produces The Drama Podcast, leads the Yale Black Alumni Association and serves on the Yale Board of Governors.

    About AIGA Design Adjacent

    AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us.

    About Bennie F. Johnson

    Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.


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    • 34 min
    Fireside Chat with Bennie F. Johnson and Lynda Decker, Creative Director at Decker Design

    Fireside Chat with Bennie F. Johnson and Lynda Decker, Creative Director at Decker Design

    Join AIGA's Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with design industry leaders and innovators. These conversations seek to inspire dynamic new conversations in and outside of the design community. This episode's guest is Lynda Decker, Creative Director at Decker Design.

    Watch the video version of this episode here: https://vimeo.com/707103701 

    This episode was originally livestreamed during the AIGA Design + Business Conference 2022.


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    • 42 min
    Design Adjacent with Catherine Clark, Founder and Paul McDowall on changing spaces, designing around people, and not being perfect

    Design Adjacent with Catherine Clark, Founder and Paul McDowall on changing spaces, designing around people, and not being perfect

    In 2001, Catherine and Paul joined forces to create an original agency concept, built around the idea that true collaborative thinking and different perspectives can solve brand challenges holistically—and better. Together, with their talented team of brand architects, they partner with some of the world’s most forward-looking brands. Their strategic and creative guidance has helped brands better our world by tackling the important topics such as sustainability, health and wellness, and empowerment head on.

    Catherine sets the vision for the business and shapes the strategic direction for the work. Growing up in Paris as a child of parents who worked for the United Nations, she was brought up in an international community, steeped in colorful stories, beliefs, and values. That ultimately fueled her passion for entrepreneurship and the potential she sees in people and businesses to make our world better.

    Paul is the creative force behind the business. He grew up in Liverpool, UK, a hotbed of creativity with many musicians, writers and artists. His surroundings shaped his perspective and created a deep-seated curiosity to create, make and explore the potential in things. His guidance inspires new ideas and unlocks new ways of thinking.

    About AIGA Design Adjacent

    AIGA Design Adjacent is a monthly podcast series with AIGA’s Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with industry leaders who are innovating and designing the future. These conversations expand beyond the design community, encompassing industries and areas that intersect with design and shift the ways in which we think about and interact with each other and the world around us.

    About Bennie F. Johnson

    Bennie F. Johnson is the Executive Director of AIGA, the professional association for design. Bennie thrives on the connections between marketing, technology, education, and innovation. With experience in strategic and consumer marketing, brand management, and innovation management, he is drawn to opportunities that allow him to lead and create new modes for business engagement. He has broad experience growing brands, businesses, and organizations with a special focus on venture launch and brand relaunch business environments.


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    • 47 min
    Fireside Chat with Bennie F. Johnson and Michael Bierut, Partner at Pentagram

    Fireside Chat with Bennie F. Johnson and Michael Bierut, Partner at Pentagram

    Join AIGA's Executive Director, Bennie F. Johnson, in conversation with design industry leaders and innovators. These conversations seek to inspire dynamic new conversations in and outside of the design community. This episode's guest is Michael Bierut, Pentagram partner and AIGA Medalist.

    Watch the video version of this episode here: https://vimeo.com/706622293

    This episode was originally livestreamed during the AIGA Design + Business Conference 2022. 




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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

ysa2103 ,

Thought Provoking, easy listening

Thought provoking, yet easy to listen to. A lot more interesting than some of the other, more vanilla conversations around design. I’d recommend starting with the Jack Roberts episode.

MuseumDocent ,

Highly Recommend

This has been really sparking great discussions and conversations amongst my friends in design!

HEPNOVA ,

A fresh take on the design industry and profession

There are plenty of design podcasts out there that talk about tools and follow trends, but this podcast explores mindsets and our very identity as designers, as we continue to evolve and create in a time of disruption.

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