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Friday, October 2 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
What is Beautiful Software?

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Amazing design results start with a solid design practice. Over the last hundred or so years designers and design educators have established a foundation of skills, theory, and principles that give us a way of thinking about, talking about, and doing design.

Beginning with an overview of traditional design foundations from graphic design, industrial design, and architecture, this session will explore the evolution of the language of design as it tries to keep up with modern design practice and the types of things that designers are working on in the 21st century.

How can we describe the beauty, aesthetic values, and ethics of something that impacts the quality of our lives but we can’t see, like a social network. Design’s traditional critical language doesn’t adequately account for the aesthetic properties of these new kinds of design outputs and practices. We will explore a possible new framing and critical language that extends tradition and works to evolve how we think about, and do, design in the age of the network.

Attendees will learn:

  • The history of design foundations and how they have evolved
  • How to practice foundations and apply them to your work
  • How these concepts will evolve in the coming years

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Matt Nish-Lapidus

Design Director, Normative, Vice President, IxDA, Normative
Matt Nish-Lapidus holds a degree in new media art from Ryerson University, and has a rich background as a practicing designer, musician, and artist. His work has included everything from the digital library catalog in use by the New York Public Library to enterprise software for hospitals... Read More →

Friday October 2, 2015 11:30am - 12:10pm EDT
  Children's Museum - Theater 10 Children's Way, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

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