LearnxDesign 2015 Conference Keynote

Walter E. Massey | June 28, 2015

Thank you for inviting me to speak here at LearnxDesign. I understand that we have guests from 34 different countries and 116 institutions joining us this week, so I want to begin by welcoming you all to Chicago, and to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as well. We are honored to be the first city and school in the United States to host this 3rd international conference bringing together design educators and design professionals from around the world. I hope you enjoy your stay and encourage you to take a look around this great city of ours while you are in town.

I would like to begin my remarks this evening by stipulating that, unlike most, if not all, of you in the audience, I am not a designer. In fact, I have spent much of my career as a scientist—a theoretical physicist—with some experience in government policy and the business world. Today, I am the president of a school of art and design, but you could say that I bring an outsider’s perspective to this role. That is the perspective I would like to bring to my remarks this evening. So, rather than make an overarching statement about design or design education, which I do not feel qualified to do, instead I would like to ask a question or two of you and make some observations based on my own experience and status as a somewhat outsider in this world.

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