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Design is Everywhere features stories of people and organizations using design to make an impact and change the world. Hosts Sam Aquillano and Liz Pawlak discuss topics with guests across the Design Museum’s 12 Impact Areas: Vibrant Cities, Healthcare, Social Impact, Workplace Innovation, Play, Sustainability, Education, Data Visualization, Entrepreneurship, Diversity, Business, and Civic Innovation.
 
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How do designers craft robots to make life easier and better for humans? In this episode, Sam is joined by Betsy Goodrich, the Vice President of Design and Co-founder at Manta to chat about the design of complex robots that help people. Betsy shares how she founded Manta, her product design process, and how designers test out scenarios for robot de…
 
Every teacher is a curriculum designer, creating experiences for people to understand and learn. In this episode, we explore curriculum design with an important lens: equity. In this episode, we explore curriculum design with an important lens: equity. Successful curriculum connects with kids of different backgrounds and learning styles, and contai…
 
How does design influence the restaurant experience? In this episode, Sam chats with Greg Bleier, the Founding Principal of Studio UNLTD, an award-winning design firm whose work includes restaurants like Bavel, Otium, and Bestia. Greg walks through design choices that enhance the restaurant experience and how he and his team crafted the look of Bes…
 
How are designers rethinking the to-go cup? In this episode, Sam learns more about the NextGen Consortium to address the world’s single-use food packaging waste. In 2018, Closed Loop Partners launched the NextGen Consortium to bring together leading brands, industry experts, and innovators. Sam chats with Kate Daly, the Managing Director for the Ce…
 
In the first of our monthly Design is Everywhere live shows, Sam Aquillano learns how designers can be agents of change through their work. He is joined by Yvette Perullo, Co-Author of Renourish: Sustainable Graphic Design in Practice, and Co-Founder and Partner at Re-nourish, a nonprofit that works with designers to understand and advocate for des…
 
How can empathy be used as a tool for designers? In this episode, Sam is joined by Renae Geraci, who currently leads the Research & Operations team for Autodesk’s Architecture, Engineering & Construction Design Group to learn how research builds understanding of user’s needs. Renae talks about what led her to research and how user research is used.…
 
What is the power of story? In this episode, Sam is joined by Jon Campbell, Head of Innovation Capability at EPAM Continuum, to learn about the value of storytelling in design. They chat about how designers convey stories to bring impactful designs and how storytelling is used in the prototyping phase. Later on in the show, they are joined by Debbi…
 
What is the criteria for good design? In this episode, Sam chats with Karen Korellis Reuther, a former creative executive at corporations like Nike and Reebok and a 2021 Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow to learn how design informs brand identity and how she characterizes good design. We learn more about Karen’s career leading creative …
 
How can futures thinking be used as a tool to change today? In this episode, Sam chats with Nedret Sahin, a Senior Experience Designer at Mad*Pow, on the way that some human problems can be addressed by design thinking. They are joined by Liz Possee Corthell, an Experience Strategist at Mad*Pow, to discuss futures thinking and how it can prevent bu…
 
How do we design for significant change in the workplace? In this episode, Sam is joined by Angie Lee, Partner and Design Director of Interiors at FXCollaborative to learn how workspaces can adapt to be more inclusive and offer different typologies of space. Angie explains the problems that architects and designers may face to create better work en…
 
How does the design of a space lead to success in educational settings? In this episode, Sam is joined by Taryn Kinney, a Principal at DLR Group, to learn how space can influence a student’s educational success. What are the different phases of learning? And how can space affect those phases? Taryn brings her architecture background and education i…
 
How can we design a better care system that relieves a family’s stress and gives patients the healthcare they need? In this episode, Sam is joined by Patrice Martin, CEO and Co-Founder of The Holding Co, to learn how design is being incorporated in the care system. The current care system overburdens caretakers. But how can the future of care chang…
 
What is the importance of sustainable design materials in the workplace? During Design Museum Everywhere’s Workplace Innovation Summit in December, Sam chatted with Nicole Schmidt, the CEO at Source, the world’s largest commercial construction product database. Nicole discusses how she uses her design background to lead her efforts at Source and th…
 
What does it mean to be an ally in the workplace? During Design Museum Everywhere’s Workplace Innovation Summit in December, Sam chatted with Design Museum Everywhere’s very own Director of Learning and Interpretation, Diana Navarrete-Rackauckas, and the Director of Learning from C Space, Leah Ben-Ami, about the importance of allyship in the workpl…
 
How do you bring your full self to your work? In Design is Everywhere’s first live episode, we collaborated with BosNOMA to record a live podcast for ABX, the Architecture Boston Expo. Sam is joined by Julian Phillips from Goody Clancy and MASS Design Group Jha D Williams to chat about their experience bringing their full selves to their work. Toge…
 
Meet the team from Design Museum Everywhere! In this episode, Sam is joined by the staff at Design Museum Everywhere. Sam chats with the team about their 2020 accomplishments and what they’re looking forward to in the new year for the Design Museum. Together, they talk about creating and publishing a magazine during a pandemic, creating an online e…
 
What makes a toy design memorable, fun, and interactive? In this episode, Sam is joined by Mike Hoeting, President of Bang Zoom Design, to learn how toy designers generate new ideas to create a product that is fun and imaginative. Mike explains how he discovered toy design in college after a childhood of loving toys. Later on in the show, Sam and M…
 
How does design create better stories? In this episode, Sam is joined by Jessica Kender, the production designer of Little Fires Everywhere and Future Man, to learn how research, characters, money and space inform her work. Jessica shares her journey from theater to TV and her favorite tool to use. Later on in the show, Sam and Jessica interview Li…
 
How can UX designers use curiosity to make a big impact in healthcare? In this episode, Sam is joined by Jonathan Follett, Principal at GoInvo and Producer at Creative Next, to learn how curiosity leads to big impact on UX design in healthcare. They explore the tools that UX designers use and the value of research. Later on in the show, Sam and Jon…
 
How can designers integrate material transparency into their designs? In this episode, Sam is joined by Business Development Manager at the International Living Future Institute Ren DeCherney, to learn how designers are revolutionizing the way that buildings are built to make them healthier for communities and the environment. Later on in the show,…
 
How do we bring real world problems to the classroom to enrich the student experience? In this episode, Sam is joined by Principal Design Strategist and Health Suite Labs Engagement Lead at Philips, Matt Templeton, to learn how design students can interact with real problems in the classroom. Matt has incorporated his own lessons as a professor at …
 
How can we shape the field of architecture to be more inclusive? In this episode, we’re joined by Elyse Ayoung of Gensler and BosNOMA, and Wentworth Institute of Technology architecture student and NOMAS chapter leader Xavier Fernandes. Together, they discuss the importance of building a community of architects that is inclusive, relaxed and whole.…
 
What does the future of play look like in a socially distanced world? In this episode, Sam is joined by Cheri Ruane to dive into the world of play design. Cheri is the Vice President and Landscape Architecture Practice Leader at Weston and Sampson, a design and engineering firm committed to improving the natural and built environment. Their guest i…
 
As we approach Design Museum’s Workplace Innovation Summit (December 7-11), on this week’s episode we’re talking about designing healthy workspaces in these unprecedented times — and what lessons we can learn from healthcare environments that can be applied to the workspaces. While many office workers are still working at home — healthcare workers …
 
Today we’re talking about building buildings out of wood — sounds pretty normal, but no we’re talking about building tall, high-rise buildings out of wood instead of steel and concrete, using a concept known as mass timber and construction products like cross-laminated timber. There’s a wood revolution happening in real estate, architecture, and co…
 
This week, we have an important topic — we’ll be discussing how designers can infuse equity into the built environment. We’re in a racial inequity pandemic that has lasted for centuries, the impacts of which are felt by communities of color in the form of racism, inaccessibility of resources, and under-investment. This pandemic spills into the buil…
 
The food system is massive — it’s the largest industry in the world. Think about what it takes to feed 8 billion people… and it’ll be 10 billion people in 2050, so there are some big challenges around sustainability for our planet and for equity and accessibility as well. Upwards of 50% of the earth’s habitable land is used for food production, and…
 
There’s a presidential election coming up in less than a month, in an unprecedented time. Today we’ll be discussing the intersection of design and voting; how to make voting a good experience and make it accessible and equitable for all. Every election’s stakes are high, yet roughly 60% of Americans don’t turn out to vote. As one of our guests wrot…
 
In medieval times, a free lance was a medieval mercenary who would fight for whichever nation or person paid them the most. So goes the etymology of the word “freelance” from Merriam Webster — the joke being that freelance has literally always been a battle. With the economy in recession because of COVID-19, some organizations are hiring, but many …
 
If you’ve gone to the doctor recently or the hospital, you’re surrounded by medical professionals, of course, but there’s another layer of medical devices surrounding the entire experience. From diagnosing tools and drug delivery devices to surgical instruments and rehabilitation equipment — medical product design spans a wide range of functions an…
 
This week we’re talking prosthetic design, specifically advancements that utilize sensors and robotics to improve the lives of individuals living with limb-loss and limb-difference. In early-2018, we unveiled a new exhibition called Bespoke Bodies: The Design & Craft of Prosthetics. The traveling exhibition explores the relationship between craft, …
 
We hear from two prominent Black designers on the Black experience in design, including their amazing career journeys, how they’ve navigated an industry dominated by white designers, and their advice for young designers of color. Our guest co-host, Zoë Middelton, produced a series of conversations amongst Black creatives to share experiences and hi…
 
Design impacts everything around us, and so does government. Think of all the services you use and experience within local, state, and federal government. Everything from the DMV to elections to unemployment to city streets, government plays a significant role in our lives. Government is, in essence, a service provider. Like any service provider, t…
 
Look around and you’ll see brands and branding everywhere. Brands play an important role in our lives and are likely one of, if not, the most critical elements of a business or organization. Design is a big part of branding because so much of brands must be visual, strategic, and intentional to be effective. On this episode, we explore branding fro…
 
Today is Design Museum Everywhere’s 11th birthday — so we have a special episode to celebrate. We talk with two special guests on how design shapes the world around us, how we can all be designers, and all be better designers. Our guest co-host is George White, Chief Innovation Officer at Cantina. George gives his definition of design, why it’s imp…
 
Important topic this week: across the nation, parents, and guardians are having to decide whether to send their children back to school amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Some families won’t have a choice. It’s a complex problem without a lot of good solutions. We’ll explore how design can play a role in creating a safer return to school this year, how sc…
 
At the Design Museum, we see design as a creative problem-solving process that can be applied not only to design buildings, products, websites, clothing, etc. but also used to solve the biggest social and environmental problems we have. But what does that mean? How do designers help solve issues like climate change, racial equity, and education? Th…
 
With the pandemic keeping most gyms closed, the connected fitness industry is booming. Peloton alone reported a 66% increase in sales through the spring. On this episode, we’re talking about the big moves in connected fitness equipment and digital experiences, and how they’re designed. Think Peloton for biking and running, Mirror for cardio, Tonal …
 
Many of us are putting on our masks and heading to public parks to get some sun and fresh air — on this episode; we explore how landscape architects create these outdoor spaces and experiences. Parks and open spaces are always a joy to have in our lives. Particularly now, during the pandemic, outdoor public space feels essential to living our lives…
 
COVID-19 changed the game for remote work, with large companies like Twitter and Shopify announcing they’re now fully remote. The CEO of Shopify even boldly proclaimed that “Office centricity is over.” Some experts estimate that 25-30% of the workforce will be working from home by the end of 2021 That’s great and all, but Zoom can’t fully replace w…
 
Since the dawn of telecommunications technology, people have been figuring out ways to use it in healthcare. Of course, now that high-speed internet access is expanding and we can seamlessly video conference, the possibilities for connecting with healthcare remotely are really interesting. Plus, with COVID-19 still impacting so many and stressing o…
 
We’re all able to connect through our phones and social media, but humans crave coming together, and yet participation in the classic religious and civic communities has declined over decades. COVID-19 has certainly complicated our ability to gather in person. Community is so important to us at the Design Museum, and like anything, you can be inten…
 
Sales and design thinking in the same sentence? It’s a new way of selling that builds off of the design process: empathy, discovering insights, and genuinely building relationships with customers. Ashley Welch, Co-Founder of Somersault Innovation and Author of Nakes Sales, joins us to discuss her Sell by Design methodology. She’s teaching sales pro…
 
Every teacher is a curriculum designer, creating experiences for people to understand and learn. In this episode we explore curriculum design with an important lens: equity. Successful curriculum connects with kids of different backgrounds and learning styles, and contains content beyond a white-centric history and approach. We discuss with Design …
 
Design and the ecological systems that support life (including human life) are intimately connected. Typical to design and make something we’re removing resources from ecological systems and transforming those resources into something: a product, a building, an article of clothing, etc. In this episode we explore that relationship, including how de…
 
Many of us are aware of human-centered design, which is all about placing real people at the center of our design work, so that we’re always designing with empathy and thoughtfulness. But what if we take it a step further and design with relationships in mind, so that we’re strengthening the bond between people, or between people and organizations,…
 
As cases of COVID-19 spike, hospitals are simply running out of space and beds for people who need them. This is one of the main reasons we’re quarantined, not just to keep ourselves safe from the virus but also to “flatten the curve,” and help our hospitals keep up with a growing number of cases. On this episode we talk about how hospitals are des…
 
COVID-19 is necessitating rapid change in our cities. As many stay-at-home orders are lifting, people are getting outside, but we still need to stay 6 feet apart, so citizens and cities are stepping up in some interesting ways. How do you stay 6 feet apart when many sidewalks aren’t even 6 feet wide? The answer might just be rethinking the design o…
 
With pretty much every design student in the world learning remotely, it’s a good moment to talk about the state of design education at the college and university level. To train a well-rounded designer, the number of things students need to learn increases every year, but the amount of time in class stays the same. How do professors and administra…
 
This year is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, and it just so happens to coincide with a once-in-a-lifetime global pandemic. There’s an interesting phenomenon happening while the majority of the world’s human population is staying at home: we’re driving less, flying less, and consuming less; and as a result the earth is getting cleaner. This may b…
 
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