Boston Design Week

Whatever good things we build end up building us. –Jim Rohn

Good design has far reaching effects; it enriches our homes, workspaces, communities, and ultimately our lives. Boston Design Week celebrates design by connecting the thousands of industry professionals who work in the field and providing a platform for exchanging ideas.

The 12-day, citywide festival kicks off today, April 4, 2018. This year, there are over 80 events to choose from covering numerous fields, including architecture, fashion, environmental design, landscape design, urban design, interior design, graphic design and industrial design. We’ve highlighted a few below:

The MIT Office of Design Services was one of the most innovative design practices in the country in the 1960s through to the 1980s. On April 5 from 3 to 4:30 p.m., you can view a few gems. MIT Museum curator Gary Van Zante and MIT School of Architecture visiting faculty member Julia Meer will offer an intimate look at the school’s modernist graphic design collection.

Interested in design thinking and principles? MITX will assemble the industry’s leading experts at Google for the MITX DesignTech Summit on Thursday, April 5 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The summit will dissect the techniques that shape customer experience and drive innovation. Speakers include David Rose, VP Vision Technology, Warby Parker, David Ngo, Founder, Behavior Delta, and Jeremy Kriegel, UX Lead, Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard.

The Internet has made an impression on just about everything in our world, including art. The Institute of Contemporary Art examines its impact with its latest exhibit: “Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today.” After walking through the exhibit, make your way over to 7 Tide, where a panel of professionals will discuss how technology, such as virtual reality and BIM, has permanently changed the home design business. The talk will be moderated by president of Clarke Distribution Corporation, Sean Clarke, and experts will include architect Chris Brown of b Architecture Studio, interior designer Michael Ferzoco of Eleven Interiors, Amr Raafat, director of virtual design and construction for Windover Construction, and marketing strategist Miana Hoyt Dawson of A.W. Hastings & Co.

For a peek outside the nine-to-five routine, join curator Lucas Spivey for “Culture Hustlers: Artists Minding Their Own Business.” The pop-up shop/exhibition at the Boston Center for the Arts on Saturday, April 7 from 5 to 7 p.m. showcases artists who have successfully established new business models across the country.

There are so many discussions happening over the next 12 days. Find what speaks to you and join the conversation.

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