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ArtCenter College of Design’s bi-weekly podcast features intimate interviews with leading artists examining the ideas fueling their work and how the creative process can be a catalyst for change—personally, professionally and globally. Hosted by ArtCenter President, Lorne M. Buchman, these conversations examine the many ways in which artists and designers are enriching our lives. ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education; and our mission statement—Learn to create. Influence change—lies at the center of all we do.

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ArtCenter College of Design’s bi-weekly podcast features intimate interviews with leading artists examining the ideas fueling their work and how the creative process can be a catalyst for change—personally, professionally and globally. Hosted by ArtCenter President, Lorne M. Buchman, these conversations examine the many ways in which artists and designers are enriching our lives. ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education; and our mission statement—Learn to create. Influence change—lies at the center of all we do.

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Inspiring podcast!

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An insightful look at what design can do as well as the process.

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An insightful look into the process of art and artistry 🧜🏽‍♂️

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44 Ratings
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Inspiring podcast!

By krch5 - Nov 30 2017
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An insightful look at what design can do as well as the process.

By zahyupaca - Nov 23 2017
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An insightful look into the process of art and artistry 🧜🏽‍♂️
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Change Lab: Conversations on Transformation and Creativity

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ArtCenter College of Design’s bi-weekly podcast features intimate interviews with leading artists examining the ideas fueling their work and how the creative process can be a catalyst for change—personally, professionally and globally. Hosted by ArtCenter President, Lorne M. Buchman, these conversations examine the many ways in which artists and designers are enriching our lives. ArtCenter College of Design is a global leader in art and design education; and our mission statement—Learn to create. Influence change—lies at the center of all we do.

Rank #1: 24 Jeff Goodby on Creating Mass Intimacy through Artful Advertising

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Jeff Goodby is an advertising legend, whose humanity and humility have propelled him to the peak of a profession not necessarily known for either. Imagine an ad man as clever and visionary as Don Draper, minus the chain-smoking and cynicism and you start to get a sense of the scope of Jeff’s influence in the advertising industry.

As a founder of Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, Jeff has been the driving force behind some of the most groundbreaking campaigns and indelible taglines in recent memory. He famously coined “Got Milk?,” a slogan that became a cultural trope that endured for decades, spawning legions of derivations, imitations and a whole cottage industry of merchandise bearing his inspired catchphrase. Among his many other memorable campaigns are the Cheetos Museum, the famous car-less Saturn commercial and his work naming and rebranding the gaming giant, Electronic Arts.

Jeff and his longtime partner, Rich Silverstein, have received the 2019 Cannes Lion Lifetime Achievement Award – among the top honors in their field. The two met nearly forty years ago in San Francisco, where their lionized boss, Hal Riney, paired them up and created a partnership that would be among the most durable and influential in the business.

As a former ArtCenter trustee, Goodby offers a unique perspective on evolving state of the advertising industry as well as the ways in which ArtCenter students are poised to shape its future by entering the field with strong making skills. Over the course of Jeff’s lively and illuminating conversation with Change Lab, Jeff discussed his upbringing during the golden age of brands, his transition from journalism to advertising, the importance of facing the unknown to generate his most original ideas, the nature of cleverness and his commitment to creating change by treating people with respect and raising the level of conversation on the airwaves and in our heads.

Apr 09 2019

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Rank #2: 25 RISD President Rosanne Somerson on the Next Iteration of Creative Education

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Rosanne Somerson is an internationally exhibited furniture designer and President of Rhode Island School of Design. Somerson, a RISD alum, sees her parallel roles as a leader and practitioner as complementary parts of her life’s work, which she says began when she was a young girl charged with describing the world to her blind grandfather and “opening doors for people to see things differently.”

Somerson, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, initially set out to pursue a career in photography. She changed course after her first year at RISD, when she discovered her calling to create functional works of art in 3D during a woodworking class. After earning her degree in Industrial Design and establishing a thriving design studio, she began teaching at her alma mater. In 1995, she was asked to run the newly minted degree program in Furniture Design. The scope of her leadership responsibilities expanded in 2011 when she elevated to the role of provost, and then, in 2015, named president of Rhode Island School of Design.

Lorne came to know and deeply respect Rosanne through their time spent together at various meetings and conferences. They discovered that in addition to leading colleges of art and design on opposite coasts, they also share a conviction that a studio based immersive making environment is fundamental to fostering and mastering a creative life. As they gathered in Detroit for a recent conference, Lorne sat down for an interview with Rosanne in a recording studio (converted from an old shipping container) to explore some of the most pressing issues facing arts education today. The result was a wide-ranging dialogue on innovation and change, affordability and accessibility, and the enduring and growing value of design thinking in these challenging times.

Apr 23 2019

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Rank #3: 09 Paula Scher on Conjuring Instantly Recognizable Design

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Paula Scher is one of the most influential graphic designers working today. Having spent four decades at the top of the graphic design field, she has achieved iconic status.

Paula was the first female principal to join Pentagram, the largest independently owned design studio. Even if you've never heard of Scher you know her work; She designed the logos of Citibank, Tiffany & Co., Microsoft Windows 8, The Museum of Modern Art, New York City's Public Theater and a slew of album covers by legendary bands.

In today's episode, ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman asks Paula about her process, her influences, and some of her most important work.

Learn more about Paula's work:

Pentagram Paula's Maps The history of Paula's design work Paula for NYC's Beaches Paula's Discography Paula's recent work on a Brooklyn high school

Mar 20 2018

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Rank #4: 07 Wendy MacNaughton on Telling Stories Through Illustration and Text

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Wendy MacNaughton is an illustrator, author, and graphic journalist whose work shines with warmth and humanity. One of her most recent works is a bestselling young adult novel that she created with her partner, author Caroline Paul, called The Gutsy Girl. Her history as a social justice worker and her passion for social justice are present in her work, which is regularly featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time Magazine.

In addition to The Gutsy Girl, Wendy's other recent projects include Women Who Draw, a website that functions as a directory of female artists and illustrators, and Focus, a poster she created with writer Courtney Martin inviting artists to leverage this uncertain moment and create work driven by the moving imperative, to focus on the light.

In today's episode, Wendy traces her path from childhood, discusses her history with depression and art's role in her wellbeing, and her work with disadvantaged and disenfranchised communities.

Explore more of Wendy’s work at wendymacnaughton.com and womenwhodraw.com.

Dec 19 2017

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Rank #5: 11 Ellen Lupton on Design as Storytelling

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Ellen Lupton is a design thinker of the highest order. As curator of contemporary design at Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum in New York City, she has produced numerous exhibitions and books, including Thinking with Type (2004), which is used by students, designers, and educators worldwide. Her most recent book, Design is Storytelling, published in late 2017, explores the connection between good design and a compelling narrative.

In this episode of Change Lab, Ellen makes a compelling case for the integral relationship between storytelling and design, drawing connections between a well-designed experience and the mythological hero’s journey and citing Ikea as Exhibit A for a successful experiential design narrative.

Finally, Ellen reflects meaningfully on her role as an educator and the importance of approaching design as a full-body sensory experience guided by the physicality of the materials used and the making process itself.

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Apr 24 2018

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Rank #6: 12 Chris Kraus on Writing Through a Mask

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Chris Kraus is the rare writer to capture both the literary imagination and the pop culture zeitgeist. When her 1998 novel, I Love Dick, was re-issued in 2006, it was embraced as a feminist classic by a new generation. Among her admirers were the creators of two of TV's most progressive and popular shows: Girls by Lena Dunham, and Transparent by Jill Soloway. I Love Dick’s confessional narrative consists of a series of unrequited love letters which play out as a celebration of personal and professional failure with unapologetic gusto. It seemed to give female readers in particular a gleeful permission to abandon the futile imperative to "have it all."

Chris, a writing professor in ArtCenter’s Grad Art program, has always been driven to question norms and forge new creative frontiers in her work. After stints in New York’s experimental filmmaking communities she found her calling as a writer. In the twenty years since, she has been remarkably prolific, publishing three novels—Aliens and Anorexia, Torpor and Summer of Hate—as well as several collections of essays and her most recent work, After Kathy Acker, a biography of the ‘90’s New York art-world icon and experimental novelist, released last year.

In this episode’s lively and candid conversation, Chris discussed her background in experimental theater, her commitment to stripping artifice from her characters, and her ambivalence about the success of I Love Dick in the context of her lifelong exploration of the spiritual and creative value of failure.

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May 08 2018

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Rank #7: 06 Niklas Gustafsson on Creating Meaningful Brand Stories

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ArtCenter alum Niklas Gustafsson is the Global Director for PepsiCo’s Design and Innovation team, where his duties range from developing more sustainable and efficient packaging to developing healthier drinks and snacks at scale. All of this is in an effort to create a profitable model while positively impacting global health.

Niklas discusses his upbringing in Sweden and how it sparked his passion for art and design in a larger cultural context. He also talks about the challenges of designing for a company whose product has changed roles in the public eye. Plus, how research and asking the right questions can make a world of difference and how making a profit factors into all of this.

Learn more about Niklas Gustafsson's work at PepsiCo's Design and Innovation team at http://design.pepsico.com

Nov 28 2017

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Rank #8: 20 James Hollis on the Psyche, Uncertainty and Uncovering Creativity

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Dr. James Hollis is an accomplished Jungian Analyst and highly-regarded author who has published fifteen published books and over fifty articles throughout the course of his career. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Jung Society in Washington D.C. James co-founded the Philadelphia Jung Institute and began as its first Director of Training. He is also the Vice President of the Philemon Foundation, dedicated to publishing the unpublished works of Jung. He was the founder and first director of Jungian Studies at Saybrook University (in collaboration with Lorne Buchman), and he remains the Director Emeritus of the Houston, Texas Jung Educational Center.

His philosophical approach to engaging the relationship between creativity and transformation sets him apart from previous guests on the show. James' thoughts on creativity are invaluable for not only artists and designers; but also for all who strive to find meaning in their careers and lives.

In this episode, Dr. James Hollis and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss the creative potential of entering worlds of uncertainty, the role of dreams in our imagination and how we understand our creativity in relation to the soul.

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Learn more about this episode of Change Lab at www.artcenter.edu.

Dec 04 2018

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Rank #9: 04 Sara Khoury - Designing for the User and Human Experience

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Sara Khoury is an ArtCenter alum who specializes in user experience. She is now the Director of User Experience Design at Google, where she oversees product design for many of their apps including Google Hire. Previously, Sara led UED teams at Bank of America and Walmart Labs.

With over 20 years experience at the intersection of design and technology in Silicon Valley, Sara continues to pioneer paths for female leadership in the tech field. She has cleared a path for women in Silicon Valley without losing sight of her values and commitments to positive change, pushing boundaries, and doing it all in a supportive, creative environment.

In this episode Sara shares with us about her upbringing by urban parents in a rural setting, her role as a critical thinker, and how she finds being a woman in a male-dominated field.

Follow Sara on Twitter @sokhoury

Learn more about Design at Google www.design.google

Oct 17 2017

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Rank #10: 19 Ralph Gilles on Automobile Design, Human Connection and the Future of Cars

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As Global Head of Design at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ralph Gilles meticulously approves the look and feel of every new Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Alpha Romeo, and Maserati produced. His astonishing success is the product of an early, unwavering passion for beautifully designed cars and an outsized talent for sketching them. Gilles’ determination propelled him through his undergraduate degree at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and led him to earn his Executive MBA from Michigan State University.

Gilles’ natural humility along with his commitment to hard work and design excellence guide his oversight of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ entire brand portfolio toward an aesthetic that’s both accessible and aspirational. During his tenure, Gilles has been instrumental in the design of some very successful models including the Chrysler 300, SRT Viper, and the Dodge Ram.

In this episode, Ralph Gilles and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss Gilles’ career trajectory at Chrysler, designing cars with human characteristics and his vision for the future of automobiles.

Learn more about Ralph's work: 

Learn more about this episode of Change Lab at www.artcenter.edu.

Nov 13 2018

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Rank #11: 21 Ari Montanez on Realizing his NBA Dreams through Design

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Fall 2018 Product Design graduate Ari Montanez spent much of his young life equipping himself with the skills and stamina necessary to succeed in a highly competitive arena – ideally one called Madison Square Garden or Staples Center. Indeed, this is a man who wanted to follow his hero, LeBron James, straight into the NBA.

But when it became apparent his hoop dreams might be slightly out of reach, Ari pivoted, with the agility of a gifted point guard, to pursue a parallel career as an athletic shoe designer. His goal was still to land on the basketball court in spirit, if not body, through his performance-enhancing footwear designs.  

Ari diligently researched his new chosen profession and discovered, under the mentorship of footwear design legend D’Wayne Edwards, that ArtCenter offered the best training ground for him to channel his parallel passions for basketball, sneaker culture and drawing into a coveted gig as a professional shoe designer. Ari’s determination and dedication paid off. Several months before he graduated, Ari accepted a job offer from No.One, a start-up sneaker company specializing in high-end handmade shoes.  

Each season, we dedicate one episode to capturing a student or recent graduate, just as they’re poised to leave ArtCenter and embark on their creative travels. Ari’s journey from to dedicated athlete to hands-on maker seemed like the perfect narrative to kick off the fourth season of Change Lab.  

In this episode, which includes a visit to No.One’s Venice studio, Ari and Lorne discussed the spark that ignited his interest in design, his insights into the booming sneaker subculture and how his facility for casual human connection animates and adds to the special sauce of his design process. In combination, these two experiences yielded a visceral portrait of the exhilaration and exploration and uncertainty fueling a nascent artist or designer’s creative journey.  

Learn more about the artists, designers and brands mentioned in this episode:   

https://www.arimontanez.com/

https://no-one.la/

https://pensole.com/dwayne-edwards/

https://solecollector.com/news/2018/09/nike-lebron-16-jason-petrie

Learn more about ArtCenter and its programs at www.artcenter.edu

Feb 20 2019

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Rank #12: 05 Mari Nakano - Using Design for the Social Good

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Mari Nakano is a social impact designer and Artcenter alum at forefront of her profession. She was recently named the Deputy Director of the Service Design Studio at the New York City’s Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. Previously, Mari spent four years as the Design and Interaction Lead for UNICEF’s Office of Innovation.

Mari has dedicated much of her work to helping children and underserved communities worldwide. She can trace her journey from a house of makers and artists to a trailblazing career in a field of social innovation, with years of tireless work for at risk populations.

In today’s episode, Mari shares where she she draws her innovation, how she uses her problem-solving tactics closer to home, and the value of doing good in the world.

Learn more about Mari Nakano and her work at http://cargocollective.com/marinakano

Oct 31 2017

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Rank #13: 14 Jackie Amezquita on Crossing Borders to Create Change

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Jackie Amezquita graduated from ArtCenter's Fine Art department this past spring. Jackie, who entered the US illegally from Guatemala in 2003, finished her experience at ArtCenter with a timely and deeply personal final project: a 178 mile walk from the US/Mexico border in Tijuana to Downtown Los Angeles, completed over eight days and concluding with a symbolic bath in an oil drum.

Jackie's life and work has been shaped by several extraordinary journeys that have called upon her extraordinary stamina, courage, and resilience. While her powerfully symbolic final project received widespread media coverage for offering a rare first-hand perspective on the hardships experienced by undocumented immigrants. The story of her original border walk, at age 17, from her native Guatemala to the United States on foot with a group of strangers, is perhaps even more impressive, inspiring and hauntingly reminiscent of the recent wave of distressing of young immigrants captured and separated from their families at the border.

In her conversation with Change Lab’s Lorne Buchman, Jackie shared the harrowing tales of both of her border journeys, the meaning behind the creative elements of her project and how our bodies become tools for telling stories.

Jun 12 2018

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Rank #14: 15 Matthew Rolston on Glamour, Death Anxiety and the Unity of Opposites

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Matthew Rolston is a photographer and director known for his distinctive celebrity portraits and award-winning music videos. His images have appeared in such publications as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar, as well as the covers of more than 100 Rolling Stone magazines. He has directed music videos for numerous iconic artists including Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Beyonce. More recently, he has applied his creative talents to fine art photography and produced three acclaimed large-scale exhibitions over the past five years. For the past half century, Matthew Rolston’s artistic voice has resonated far and wide, shaping our concept of glamour with his unconventional lighting techniques, detailed sets and a high-contrast sense of the unexpected.

In this episode, Matthew and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss Matthew's creative influences, his aesthetic of the unity of opposites, his ambivalence about the fashion industry's unrealistic standards of wealth and beauty and his fortuitous meeting, as a young ArtCenter student, with his childhood hero, Richard Avedon.

Sep 18 2018

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Rank #15: 16 Jesse Genet on Building Businesses to Create a Meaningful Life

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Jesse Genet was recently named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business. Jesse began her illustrious career at age fifteen by starting a custom t-shirt business in her parents' basement. Years later, after attending ArtCenter’s product design program, Jesse and co-founder Stephan Ango started Lumi. Their innovative, design-centric packaging venture employs an impressive alternative printing process called inkodye. 

Since the founding of Lumi, they’ve held a successful Kickstarter campaign and appeared on the TV series Shark Tank. They have continued to adapt and iterate Lumi in response to the marketplace. Since 2015, Lumi has focused solely on providing customized packaging for e-commerce businesses. Silicon Valley took notice and Lumi recently received 9 million dollars in venture capital funds.

In this episode, Jesse and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss her role as CEO of Lumi, her motivations as a leader, her guiding principles and her unique capacity to find the extraordinary in the everyday. The conversation dives into Jesse’s early years, her tenacity as a young business founder, her adventures in car repair, being a female in Venture Capital, and how she approaches challenges.

Learn more about Jesse's work: 

 Learn more about this episode of Change Lab at www.artcenter.edu.

Oct 02 2018

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31 Ini Archibong on Designing Things that Spark Wonder

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Ini Archibong is a luxury goods designer. He is also a furniture and immersive experience designer and an ArtCenter alum. This is all accurate and incomplete. So we’ll leave it to Ini to describe his creative practice: “Any of the objects I’m making -- all they are is a potential entry point to wonder.”

Ini has been accumulating accolades and prestigious commissions from the moment he graduated from ArtCenter’s Environmental Design program in 2012. After earning his MFA in Switzerland from the Lausanne University of Art and Design (ECAL for short), Ini’s furniture began appearing in the pages of Vogue, Architectural Digest and the New York Times.

Ini’s iconic works of functional art have made him a rising star in the design world culminating, most recently with his celebrated Gallop watch for Hermes.

Over the course of a philosophical exchange with Lorne, Ini explored what it means to design a sacred space, the mythological underpinnings to his work and how he achieves a state of creative flow.

Related Links:

https://www.dezeen.com/tag/ini-archibong/

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/03/21/t-magazine/ini-archibong.html

https://www.vogue.co.uk/article/hermes-watch-launch

http://www.artcenter.edu/about/get-to-know-artcenter/people/david-mocarski.html

https://www.hermes.com/us/en/product/galop-d-hermes-watch-40.8-x-26mm-W047890WW00/

https://www.ecal.ch/fr/100/homepage

Dec 18 2019

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30 Documentary Filmmaker Ivy Meeropol on the Active Pursuit of Empathy

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Ivy Meeropol is a documentary filmmaker whose emotionally and politically charged films explore social and cultural injustice from the inside out. Her work in TV and film ranges from an exploration of the threat posed by the nuclear power industry to the good, bad and ugly of the American political system, particularly as it relates to her family (more on that in a moment). But what distinguishes her work most is her disarming refusal to judge the characters in her films as heroes or villains– a process Ivy describes as an “active pursuit of empathy.” The result is a deeply nuanced body of work that reverberates with wisdom, intimacy and socio-political nuance.

That empathy infuses every scene of her latest film, Bully, Coward, Victim: The Story of Roy Cohn, which recently premiered at the New York Film Festival. Combining archival footage with original reporting, the HBO film explores the complicated, controversial, and enduring legacy of Cohn, the closeted right-wing political attack-dog who was an early mentor to Donald Trump. Cohn launched his notorious career as the young prosecutor who convicted Ivy’s grandparents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, of spying for the Soviet Union at the height of the Red Scare. Cohn succeeded in his quest to send both of them to the electric chair, leaving their two young sons (one of whom was Ivy’s father) orphaned.

Over the course of an intimate and animated Change Lab interview, she explored the personal and political forces at play in her work, her willingness to allow her films the freedom to dwell in ambiguity and her sense of responsibility to ask questions previous generations never could.

Related links:

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm1532413

https://www.filmlinc.org/nyff2019/films/bully-coward-victim-the-story-of-roy-cohn/

http://indianpointfilm.com/

https://www.sundance.org/projects/heir-to-an-execution

Nov 14 2019

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29 Saki Mafundikwa and Sadie Red Wing on Decolonializing Design

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Sadie Red Wing and Saki Mafundikwa grew up a world and two generations apart. Sadie was born into the Lakota tribe and also considers herself a citizen of the Spirt Lake Nation of Fort Totten, South Dakota—two longstanding American indigenous communities. Saki, on the other hand, didn’t set foot in the United States until he left his native Zimbabwe at age 24 in 1979, almost twenty years before Sadie was born.

Despite their different points of origin, their approach to their chosen profession is strikingly similar.  They’re both pioneering designers who focus their practices on giving voice and context to underrepresented communities whose rich visual languages have often been subsumed or ignored by mainstream design’s bias toward Western modes of communication.

Saki and Sadie joined forces for the first time in a joint workshop at ArtCenter entitled: Finding Our Way Home. The four-hour workshop created a space for students of all backgrounds to visually identify themselves, exhibit pride in representation and come away inspired to allow their heritage to inform their design work. We’ve also included a first-hand perspective on the workshop from participant, Amina Maya, a photographer and designer who works as a Junior Creative Director at Black Girl in Om, and Founder of Naturaliste Apothecary.

This thought-provoking episode of Change Lab explores some of the most vital issues facing both design and academia through the lens of Sadie and Saki’s unique but parallel journeys toward better representing their own cultures in their work and encouraging diversity and inclusivity throughout the arts.

https://www.aiga.org/design-journeys-saki-mafundikwa

https://www.sadieredwing.com

http://www.aminamaya.com

Oct 23 2019

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28 Recent Alum Vicente Magaña on Solving the Riddle of Mass Transit in California

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ArtCenter’s Transportation Design program has a type and, at first glance, Vicente Magaña seems to fit it perfectly.

A lifelong obsession with cars? Check.

A childhood spent sketching every type of vehicle his imagination could conjure? Check.

An insatiable desire to land a job designing supercars and road testing them at top speed?

Well…that’s where Vicente, a Summer 2019 ArtCenter alum, separates himself from the pack. Vicente is the rare car guy whose driving passion is not to design the ultimate driving machine. Instead, Magaña dreams of designing a public transportation system that turns cars into more of a luxury for weekend joy rides than a necessity for getting from Point A to B.  We were particularly intrigued to learn more about the motivating factors guiding Vicente’s unique spin on a quintessential ArtCenter career-path, which is why we selected him for this season’s recent interview.

 As the son of Mexican immigrants (and the first person in his family to attend college), Vicente’s upbringing instilled a desire to use his education to improve the quality of life for those who need it most. While attending ArtCenter, Vicente seized every opportunity he could to apply his seasoned problem-solving skills toward the greater good. Nothing illustrates this more than his thesis project, Incog-NEATO, a modular system designed to convert most sedans into a discrete space for living and working out of a vehicle. 

Intrigued and impressed by Vicente’s unique combination of courage, empathy, and humility, Lorne dedicated this episode of Change Lab to tracking the journey that brought him to ArtCenter and where he hopes to go from here.

Oct 09 2019

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27 IBM Design Chief Phil Gilbert on Leadership as Love

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Though Phil Gilbert’s official job title is General Manager of Design at IBM, he’s more often referred to as IBM’s very own design evangelist. But ask him to describe his earliest creative impulses and he’ll tell you without hesitation that he was an entrepreneur from “day one.”

It quickly became clear that Phil is all these things and more after spending the day with him at IBM’s colorful, post-it-strewn design studio in Austin. In other words, to use a tech-speak term of art: Phil is a unicorn. 

Need proof?  Look no further than his decision to embed design thinking at scale across a company that spans 387,000 employees and 170 countries. Fast Company recently praised Gilbert’s accomplishment at IBM as “establishing a modern standard for increasing the role of arts in business.” 

Under Phil’s leadership, the legacy computer brand has resurrected and expanded its venerable design program and transformed itself into a nimble, forward-thinking company employing a fleet of designers, charged with applying their problem-solving skills to innovative software and B2B infrastructure initiatives, like quantum computing and state of the art digital security. To wit, ArtCenter alum Tina Zeng, a design researcher on IBM’s security team, offers an insider’s perspective on how design is being deployed on a day to day basis under Phil’s leadership.

Over the course of a lively Change Lab conversation (conducted in IBM’s employee programmed radio station) Phil opened up about his appreciation for the school busing program in Oklahoma City that first exposed him to the value in a diverse learning environment, his evolution as a leader and the importance of seeing every day as a prototype that can be improved upon. 

Related links:

https://www.ibm.com/design/

http://www.tinalzeng.com/

https://www.ibm.com/ibm/history/ibm100/us/en/icons/gooddesign/

Sep 25 2019

56mins

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Encore Episode: Wendy MacNaughton on Road Testing Inspiration

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In the lead up to the launch of Change Lab Season 5 on September 25, we’re releasing a series of “Encore” episodes. For this final installment, we caught up with graphic journalist Wendy MacNaughton to discuss her latest creative endeavor: A Honda Element she’s tricked out to function as a mobile studio. The car features a custom-made drafting table, art supply storage, and a double bed to catch some zzz’s on longer road trips. Wendy embarked on the project after realizing that solo time on the road has always been a reliable source of creative inspiration.

Wendy called us from her idea-generating machine in San Francisco to update us on her most recent wanderings. We hope you enjoy the episode. Don’t forget to tune in for a whole new season of conversations on creativity and transformation kicking off with Lorne’s incisive interview with IBM design chief, Phil Gilbert.

Sep 11 2019

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Encore Episode: Reconnecting with Jesse Genet on the Growth of Lumi and the Future of E-Commerce

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In the lead up to the launch of Change Lab Season 5 on September 25, we’re releasing a series of “Encore” episodes.

For this installment, we caught up with designer and entrepreneur Jesse Genet for an update on the big changes she’s undergone in the short time since we last spoke. As the home-shopping revolution continues to redefine the way we shop and live, Lumi, Genet’s packaging business, has become an integral part of the e-commerce pipeline. To accommodate this growth, Lumi has moved into a larger space near the Arts District in Downtown L.A. Genet invited us into Lumi’s new HQ to give us the lowdown on the latest developments in her dynamic career.

Aug 28 2019

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Encore Episode: Reconnecting with Jackie Amézquita on Crossing Borders into Parts Known and Unknown

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In the lead up to the launch of Change Lab Season 5 on September 25, we’re releasing a series of “Encore” episodes. For this debut installment, we caught up with artist Jackie Amezquita before she embarked on a three-week journey from Southern California through Mexico, primarily on foot, all the way to her native Guatemala. Amezquita refers to this emotionally and physically arduous journey as a performance titled “De Norte a Sud.” Over the course of her three-week trek, she’ll be retracing the path she took as a young Guatemalan migrant to an unknown life in the United States of America, only this time in the opposite direction. Amezquita uses her interactions and conversations with people along the way to explore the myriad cultural, economic, and racial divides so entrenched in this part of the world.

This bonus episode interweaves two conversations with Amezquita, recorded more than a year apart, producing an illuminating and intimate portrait of the lived experience of an issue that’s too often reduced to sensational headlines. We hope you enjoy this updated episode. Don’t forget to tune in for a whole new season of conversations on creativity and transformation kicking off with Lorne’s incisive interview with IBM design chief, Phil Gilbert.

Aug 14 2019

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26 Father Greg Boyle on Reducing Gang Violence through Radical Kinship at Homeboy Industries

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For the past thirty years, Father Greg Boyle has made it his mission to heal those afflicted by the epidemic of gang violence. As the founder of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention, rehab and reentry program in the world, Father Greg has been instrumental in turning the tide on violent crime in Los Angeles and beyond. The secret to his success begins with reframing the question typically posed by well-meaning social servants. Instead of asking “how can we serve gang members?” Father Greg asks: “how can we stand with them, in awe of the pain they carry, and allow ourselves to be reached by them?”

Father Greg, a Jesuit Priest who affectionately refers to his flock of recovering gang members as his “homies,” would argue the centerpiece of what homeboy does is provide the space for “exquisite mutuality” to provide the framework necessary for healing from trauma.

Lorne’s interview with Father Greg took place on location at Homeboy. As much as he had absorbed about Homeboy’s culture of “radical kinship,” he was still unprepared for the joyfully kinetic energy coursing through its bustling, light-filled headquarters.

The place was teeming with men and women of all ages engaged in both casual conversations and impassioned heart-to-hearts. At the center of the communal action was Father Greg’s glass-encased office, which he seems to occupy only occasionally. To find Father Greg, search the crowd. He’ll be there, doling out bear hugs and giving his undivided attention to anyone in need. There never seemed to be any shortage of takers.

Father Greg exhibits a striking generosity of spirit. But Lorne couldn’t help seeing him as the artist, and was determined to explore with him the creative nature of his work. Given his modesty, he initially resisted the notion. But by the end of the interview, a number of striking parallels emerged.  

Links mentioned:

https://homeboyindustries.org/

https://www.amazon.com/Barking-Choir-Power-Radical-Kinship/dp/1476726159

https://www.amazon.com/Tattoos-Heart-Power-Boundless-Compassion/dp/1439153159/ref=pd_bxgy_14_img_2/136-7784137-0791013?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=1439153159&pd_rd_r=8f4f74ae-7cd8-11e9-ba98-0ff29dc49ff2&pd_rd_w=hM8Jy&pd_rd_wg=6FlCF&pf_rd_p=a2006322-0bc0-4db9-a08e-d168c18ce6f0&pf_rd_r=05B0AYAJB0JEVF778649&psc=1&refRID=05B0AYAJB0JEVF778649

May 23 2019

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25 RISD President Rosanne Somerson on the Next Iteration of Creative Education

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Rosanne Somerson is an internationally exhibited furniture designer and President of Rhode Island School of Design. Somerson, a RISD alum, sees her parallel roles as a leader and practitioner as complementary parts of her life’s work, which she says began when she was a young girl charged with describing the world to her blind grandfather and “opening doors for people to see things differently.”

Somerson, who grew up outside of Philadelphia, initially set out to pursue a career in photography. She changed course after her first year at RISD, when she discovered her calling to create functional works of art in 3D during a woodworking class. After earning her degree in Industrial Design and establishing a thriving design studio, she began teaching at her alma mater. In 1995, she was asked to run the newly minted degree program in Furniture Design. The scope of her leadership responsibilities expanded in 2011 when she elevated to the role of provost, and then, in 2015, named president of Rhode Island School of Design.

Lorne came to know and deeply respect Rosanne through their time spent together at various meetings and conferences. They discovered that in addition to leading colleges of art and design on opposite coasts, they also share a conviction that a studio based immersive making environment is fundamental to fostering and mastering a creative life. As they gathered in Detroit for a recent conference, Lorne sat down for an interview with Rosanne in a recording studio (converted from an old shipping container) to explore some of the most pressing issues facing arts education today. The result was a wide-ranging dialogue on innovation and change, affordability and accessibility, and the enduring and growing value of design thinking in these challenging times.

Apr 23 2019

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24 Jeff Goodby on Creating Mass Intimacy through Artful Advertising

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Jeff Goodby is an advertising legend, whose humanity and humility have propelled him to the peak of a profession not necessarily known for either. Imagine an ad man as clever and visionary as Don Draper, minus the chain-smoking and cynicism and you start to get a sense of the scope of Jeff’s influence in the advertising industry.

As a founder of Goodby, Silverstein and Partners, Jeff has been the driving force behind some of the most groundbreaking campaigns and indelible taglines in recent memory. He famously coined “Got Milk?,” a slogan that became a cultural trope that endured for decades, spawning legions of derivations, imitations and a whole cottage industry of merchandise bearing his inspired catchphrase. Among his many other memorable campaigns are the Cheetos Museum, the famous car-less Saturn commercial and his work naming and rebranding the gaming giant, Electronic Arts.

Jeff and his longtime partner, Rich Silverstein, have received the 2019 Cannes Lion Lifetime Achievement Award – among the top honors in their field. The two met nearly forty years ago in San Francisco, where their lionized boss, Hal Riney, paired them up and created a partnership that would be among the most durable and influential in the business.

As a former ArtCenter trustee, Goodby offers a unique perspective on evolving state of the advertising industry as well as the ways in which ArtCenter students are poised to shape its future by entering the field with strong making skills. Over the course of Jeff’s lively and illuminating conversation with Change Lab, Jeff discussed his upbringing during the golden age of brands, his transition from journalism to advertising, the importance of facing the unknown to generate his most original ideas, the nature of cleverness and his commitment to creating change by treating people with respect and raising the level of conversation on the airwaves and in our heads.

Apr 09 2019

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23 Rebeca Méndez on dissolving boundaries and connecting with our animal nature

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Rebeca Mendez is an artist, designer, educator and ArtCenter alumna whose creative practice defies the bounds of traditional disciplines or descriptions.

Her pioneering career in graphic design has been widely recognized. Most recently, her work was featured in shows at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. In 2017, she was awarded the prestigious AIGA Medal for her transformative work in academia and design.

Mendez is also a celebrated fine artist best known for her visually arresting mixed-media installations incorporating photography, film, video and typography. She explores the mediated experience of nature at its most elemental in her breakthrough series At Any Given Moment, filmed on location in Iceland between 2006 and 2008. The series exhibited to rave reviews around the world, including at ArtCenter’s Williamson Gallery in 2010. It was there that I first physically encountered Rebeca’s work and was spellbound by its raw power. Most recently her video installation piece, Ascent of the Weavers, was exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Oaxaca, Mexico

A focal point of Rebeca’s creative practice is her long-term, transdisciplinary, multimedia project entitled CircumSolar, which encompasses a mural, a photo essay, and several large-scale single-channel video installations. The project is centered around the arctic tern (T-E-R-N), a very small sea bird distinguished as having the longest migration of all living beings on earth. Each year, it flies from the Arctic to the Antarctic and back again. This bird’s epic journey crystallizes Rebeca’s interest in nature’s exquisite refusal to succumb to the limits and artificial boundaries of human enterprise.

Mendez also directs the CounterForce Lab at UCLA, where she is a professor of Design Media Arts. She founded CounterForce to develop new modes of field research to study the social and ecological impacts of climate change.

Rebeca herself is a force of nature whose poetic spirit infused every moment of her impassioned and, at turns, tender and vulnerable interview with Change Lab’s Lorne Buchman. The conversation covered the broad arc of a remarkable journey from her upbringing in Mexico, where she became the country’s top-ranked gymnast, to a singular career that dissolves boundaries and, to borrow her phrase, rages with love.

Learn more about Rebeca’s life and work:

http://www.rebecamendez.com/

https://www.aiga.org/2017-aiga-medalist-rebeca-mendez

https://dma.ucla.edu/faculty/profiles/?ID=32

Mar 28 2019

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22 Mariana Prieto on Designing for Wildlife

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Mariana Prieto is a social impact designer whose work has been a catalyst for positive change across the developing world. A 2012 Product Design graduate from ArtCenter, she has, in a very short period of time, built a remarkable career addressing the needs of underserved populations. Through her work with IDEO.org and as design innovation lead for the International Rescue Committee, she led teams working on a range of challenges, from the Ebola crisis in West Africa to refugee resettlement in the United States.

Currently, Mariana is a TED resident. She is also deep in the development of Design for Wildlife, a collective she recently founded with a mission to support wildlife conservation. As she makes clear in her interview with Change Lab, her interest in this new enterprise concentrates (intriguingly) on those conservation issues that emerge out of the specific relationship between animals and human beings.

Over the course of this spirited conversation, she explores the origins of her twin passions for animals and design, her work on an alliance between once-endangered crocodiles and their human neighbors, and her ambitious ideas for the next phase of her creative journey, forged through an impromptu design process at a TED conference in Tanzania.

Mar 12 2019

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21 Ari Montanez on Realizing his NBA Dreams through Design

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Fall 2018 Product Design graduate Ari Montanez spent much of his young life equipping himself with the skills and stamina necessary to succeed in a highly competitive arena – ideally one called Madison Square Garden or Staples Center. Indeed, this is a man who wanted to follow his hero, LeBron James, straight into the NBA.

But when it became apparent his hoop dreams might be slightly out of reach, Ari pivoted, with the agility of a gifted point guard, to pursue a parallel career as an athletic shoe designer. His goal was still to land on the basketball court in spirit, if not body, through his performance-enhancing footwear designs.  

Ari diligently researched his new chosen profession and discovered, under the mentorship of footwear design legend D’Wayne Edwards, that ArtCenter offered the best training ground for him to channel his parallel passions for basketball, sneaker culture and drawing into a coveted gig as a professional shoe designer. Ari’s determination and dedication paid off. Several months before he graduated, Ari accepted a job offer from No.One, a start-up sneaker company specializing in high-end handmade shoes.  

Each season, we dedicate one episode to capturing a student or recent graduate, just as they’re poised to leave ArtCenter and embark on their creative travels. Ari’s journey from to dedicated athlete to hands-on maker seemed like the perfect narrative to kick off the fourth season of Change Lab.  

In this episode, which includes a visit to No.One’s Venice studio, Ari and Lorne discussed the spark that ignited his interest in design, his insights into the booming sneaker subculture and how his facility for casual human connection animates and adds to the special sauce of his design process. In combination, these two experiences yielded a visceral portrait of the exhilaration and exploration and uncertainty fueling a nascent artist or designer’s creative journey.  

Learn more about the artists, designers and brands mentioned in this episode:   

https://www.arimontanez.com/

https://no-one.la/

https://pensole.com/dwayne-edwards/

https://solecollector.com/news/2018/09/nike-lebron-16-jason-petrie

Learn more about ArtCenter and its programs at www.artcenter.edu

Feb 20 2019

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20 James Hollis on the Psyche, Uncertainty and Uncovering Creativity

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Dr. James Hollis is an accomplished Jungian Analyst and highly-regarded author who has published fifteen published books and over fifty articles throughout the course of his career. He currently serves as the Executive Director of the Jung Society in Washington D.C. James co-founded the Philadelphia Jung Institute and began as its first Director of Training. He is also the Vice President of the Philemon Foundation, dedicated to publishing the unpublished works of Jung. He was the founder and first director of Jungian Studies at Saybrook University (in collaboration with Lorne Buchman), and he remains the Director Emeritus of the Houston, Texas Jung Educational Center.

His philosophical approach to engaging the relationship between creativity and transformation sets him apart from previous guests on the show. James' thoughts on creativity are invaluable for not only artists and designers; but also for all who strive to find meaning in their careers and lives.

In this episode, Dr. James Hollis and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss the creative potential of entering worlds of uncertainty, the role of dreams in our imagination and how we understand our creativity in relation to the soul.

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Learn more about James Hollis's work: 

Learn more about this episode of Change Lab at www.artcenter.edu.

Dec 04 2018

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19 Ralph Gilles on Automobile Design, Human Connection and the Future of Cars

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As Global Head of Design at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ralph Gilles meticulously approves the look and feel of every new Dodge, Jeep, Chrysler, Fiat, Alpha Romeo, and Maserati produced. His astonishing success is the product of an early, unwavering passion for beautifully designed cars and an outsized talent for sketching them. Gilles’ determination propelled him through his undergraduate degree at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit, and led him to earn his Executive MBA from Michigan State University.

Gilles’ natural humility along with his commitment to hard work and design excellence guide his oversight of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ entire brand portfolio toward an aesthetic that’s both accessible and aspirational. During his tenure, Gilles has been instrumental in the design of some very successful models including the Chrysler 300, SRT Viper, and the Dodge Ram.

In this episode, Ralph Gilles and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss Gilles’ career trajectory at Chrysler, designing cars with human characteristics and his vision for the future of automobiles.

Learn more about Ralph's work: 

Learn more about this episode of Change Lab at www.artcenter.edu.

Nov 13 2018

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18 Lisa Kron on Memory, Meaning and the Collective Power of Theater

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Well known for her Tony Award-winning play, Fun Home, Lisa Kron is a remarkable playwright and performer whose work reflects and refracts these complex times. Her storytelling straddles the blurry line between fact and fiction, memory and invention, the political and the deeply personal.

Lisa Kron developed her craft at New York City’s WOW Cafe, which began as an international women’s theater festival in 1980. During her time at WOW Café, she honed her creative voice, culminating in her breakthrough one-woman show, 101 Humiliating Stories.

Her gift for mining humor and meaning from complex family dynamics yielded her next two rave-reviewed plays: Well and 2.5 Mile Ride, which explored her relationship with her mother and father respectively.

Her greatest creative challenge arrived in the form of Fun Home, a musical adaptation of Allison Bechdel’s graphic novel about coming out while coming of age. Fun Home took Lisa seven years to complete and went on to earn her Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize nomination.

In this episode, Lisa and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss the contours of her career in theater, the delicate process of dramatizing personal material and her passion for the collective power of performance.

Learn more about Lisa's work: 

Learn more about this episode of Change Lab at www.artcenter.edu.

Oct 30 2018

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17 Charlie Hodges on Pivoting from Dance to Design

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For twenty years, Charlie Hodges heeded his creative calling to dance at the highest level. With roles in acclaimed Broadway productions and as part of Twyla Tharp’s legendary repertory company, his trek to the peak of that profession was grueling to say the least. Charlie endured waves of intensely personal rejection – oftentimes targeting his body type and appearance. But he ultimately prevailed, thanks to his abundance of talent, perseverance and incredibly high pain threshold.

Most people would be more than satisfied with those achievements. But for Charlie, that was simply act one. He then pivoted – or, more accurately, pirouetted – toward a completely new creative métier: product design. Drawing on his lifelong passion for architecture, he enrolled in ArtCenter’s Product Design program.

His natural creative abilities and propensity for hard work continued to serve him well. Charlie developed Urbanette, a sustainable dollhouse, as part of an ArtCenter project sponsored by a major toy company, for which he received a prestigious IDSA award. He recently delivered a remarkably vulnerable and wise TEDx talk on the resilience he acquired pursuing a career in dance with an unconventional body type. And, finally, true to his commitment to excellence, Charlie graduated from ArtCenter College of Design as the summer 2018 valedictorian.

In this episode, Charlie and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss his hard-won ascent to the top of the dance world, the evolution of his passion for design, his lifelong belief in the power of persistence and his new passion for designing toys that can influence change.

Learn more about Charlies's work: 

 Learn more about this episode of Change Lab at www.artcenter.edu.

Oct 18 2018

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16 Jesse Genet on Building Businesses to Create a Meaningful Life

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Jesse Genet was recently named by Fast Company as one of the most creative people in business. Jesse began her illustrious career at age fifteen by starting a custom t-shirt business in her parents' basement. Years later, after attending ArtCenter’s product design program, Jesse and co-founder Stephan Ango started Lumi. Their innovative, design-centric packaging venture employs an impressive alternative printing process called inkodye. 

Since the founding of Lumi, they’ve held a successful Kickstarter campaign and appeared on the TV series Shark Tank. They have continued to adapt and iterate Lumi in response to the marketplace. Since 2015, Lumi has focused solely on providing customized packaging for e-commerce businesses. Silicon Valley took notice and Lumi recently received 9 million dollars in venture capital funds.

In this episode, Jesse and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss her role as CEO of Lumi, her motivations as a leader, her guiding principles and her unique capacity to find the extraordinary in the everyday. The conversation dives into Jesse’s early years, her tenacity as a young business founder, her adventures in car repair, being a female in Venture Capital, and how she approaches challenges.

Learn more about Jesse's work: 

 Learn more about this episode of Change Lab at www.artcenter.edu.

Oct 02 2018

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15 Matthew Rolston on Glamour, Death Anxiety and the Unity of Opposites

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Matthew Rolston is a photographer and director known for his distinctive celebrity portraits and award-winning music videos. His images have appeared in such publications as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Harper's Bazaar, as well as the covers of more than 100 Rolling Stone magazines. He has directed music videos for numerous iconic artists including Michael Jackson, Madonna, and Beyonce. More recently, he has applied his creative talents to fine art photography and produced three acclaimed large-scale exhibitions over the past five years. For the past half century, Matthew Rolston’s artistic voice has resonated far and wide, shaping our concept of glamour with his unconventional lighting techniques, detailed sets and a high-contrast sense of the unexpected.

In this episode, Matthew and ArtCenter President Lorne Buchman discuss Matthew's creative influences, his aesthetic of the unity of opposites, his ambivalence about the fashion industry's unrealistic standards of wealth and beauty and his fortuitous meeting, as a young ArtCenter student, with his childhood hero, Richard Avedon.

Sep 18 2018

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Inspiring podcast!

By krch5 - Nov 30 2017
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An insightful look at what design can do as well as the process.

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An insightful look into the process of art and artistry 🧜🏽‍♂️