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Dynamic Speakers Coming to KCAD for 2nd Annual West Michigan Design Week

Posted March 26, 2015 in CampusNews BitesPublic

Following last year’s successful inaugural run, West Michigan Design Week returns for 2015 to again celebrate the region’s thriving design community and to build connections between designers and other cultural, educational, and business leaders in the region. Running April 6-11, the second annual West Michigan Design Week will feature workshops, tours, and an extensive lineup of renowned speakers, among other events.

This year’s keynote speaker will be biomechanics pioneer Hugh Herr. Dr. Herr blazes trails across a diverse set of scientific and technological disciplines to accelerate the merging of body and machine. Since losing his lower legs in a mountaineering accident as a high school student, he has devoted his life to assisting the elderly and the disabled through innovative research and design. His research accomplishments as Director of the Biomechatronics group at The MIT Media Lab and Director of The Herr Institute for Human Rehabilitation have already made a significant impact on the lives on physically challenged people.

Dr. Herr will speak at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre on April 6. There will be an opening reception at 6pm followed by the talk at 7pm. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

KCAD will be hosting three of West Michigan Design Week's featured speakers:

Tucker Viemeister - April 7, 4pm
Called "guru" by BusinessWeek and "industrial design's elder wonderkind" by ID, Tucker Viemeister holds 32 US utility patents and leads Viemeister Industries in New York. His life and work represent a convergence of ideas and stuff, touching industrial design, architecture, education, graphics, new media, and consulting, among other disciplines. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

Claudia de Almeida - April 8, 6:30pm
Claudia de Almeida is an award-winning Art Director, graphic design instructor, and self-proclaimed type nerd who's currently the Design Director at WIRED. She grew up in the south of Brazil and moved to the USA when she was 18 to attend the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where she obtained a BFA in Graphic Design. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

Liz Sanders - April 10, 6pm
Liz Sanders is the founder of MakeTools, a company that explores new spaces in the emerging design landscapes. A visionary in pre-design research, she introduced many of the tools, techniques and methods being used today to drive and/or inspire design from a human-centered perspective and has practiced co-designing across all the design disciplines. Tickets are free, but registration is required.

More information on West Michigan Design Week can be found at westmichigandesignweek.com.