This September 14th and 15th, Pittsburgh will host this year’s Google SPAN US conference. Over the course of two days, some of Pittsburgh’s greatest innovators from a range of disciplines will come together to lead an exploration of the roles design and technology play in our everyday lives. Among the presenters are numerous students and faculty from Carnegie Mellon University's School of Design, including Dan Lockton, Molly Wright Steenson, and Brett Yasko.
Assistant Professor and Director of the Imaginaries Lab, Dan Lockton, will be running a workshop entitled Exploring Qualitative Interfaces, which will focus on the design of displays and interfaces as tools for understanding phenomena in the world around us. The workshop will include an exploration of the opportunities presented by a shift from quantitative to qualitative representation in information display. (For more information, see this article written by Dan in collaboration with School of Design alumni Delanie Ricketts, MA and Shruti Aditya Chowdhury, MDes.)
Associate Professor Molly Wright Steenson will share insights from her upcoming book, Architectural Intelligence: How Designers and Architects Created the Digital Landscape (MIT Press, November). She’ll be discussing the ways in which collaborations between designers, architects, AI and computation researchers set the stage for current work in interaction design and beyond (and attendees will receive an excerpt from the book as part of the conference publication.) She’ll also co-lead a design writing workshop during Friday’s session.
Adjunct Professor Brett Yasko will be taking part in a panel of sole practitioners in Pittsburgh alongside CMU alum and adjunct faculty member, Jakob Marsico, artist Lenka Clayton, and multidisciplinary designer Elana Schlenker.
Previous conferences were held in New York, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Tokyo, placing Pittsburgh in esteemed company. Dan Lockton feels the selection is a significant one: “I think it's a vote of confidence in Pittsburgh's ability to work at the intersection of creativity and technology, in our universities, and in the companies and organizations that are based here.”