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ALEXANDER WERBICKAS Industrial Designer XIZIX Inc.
After graduating from SCAD, Alex Werbickas ventured out on his own to share design with the world and is now an industrial design consultant in Savannah, GA. He focuses on user-centered design while working with local entrepreneurs, inventors and small startup companies dealing with consumer goods and electronics. Originally inspired by modern architecture, now discovering nature to explore the interaction between people and products. He is intrigued by human behavior and how the human mind works in its powerful, yet elegant, rhythm. Ultimately, Werbickas aspires to make an impact in the medical device industry.
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Synthetic Economies: Future Playgrounds of Politics, Business and Human Interaction ANOJI MATHEW
Driven primarily by the internet which has disrupted all previous forms of communication, we now live in a society that is highly connected, highly mobile and heavily invested in technology. The result? New economies built purely of synthetic bits and bytes, where hyper-mobile interactions, fast-paced technology products and disruptive social networks collide to create unprecedented opportunities for users to create, share, cooperate and take collective action. Individuals and companies born in such synthetic economies are different—they expect transactions that cross traditional boundaries of material, politics and geographies. Anijo Mathew will discuss how synthetic economies are slowly changing the rules of the game, how information landscapes will fundamentally shift the scale and operation of human transactions, and finally, explore strategies that will help designers understand, navigate and innovate in this new landscape.
ANOJI MATHEW Assistant Professor IIT Institute of Design
Anijo Punnen Mathew is an Assistant Professor at IIT Institute of Design. His research looks at evaluating new semantic appropriations of place as enabled by technology and media convergence. Mathew has a PhD in Computing from the Open University in the UK, a Master of Design Studies (MDesS) from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) from Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra, Ranchi (India). He has consulted and conducted research for several international organizations and serves on executive committees and advisory boards of Choose Chicago, the Chicago Architecture Foundation and the Chicago Loop Alliance.
Norwood Viviano will provide an overview of his studio practice with a focus on two projects, Cities: Departure and Deviation and Mining Industries. Cities: Departure and Deviation, an installation comprised of 24 blown-glass forms, maps the relationship between industrial growth and decline relative to population expansion and contraction of major cities in the United States. Mining Industries is comprised of eleven kiln cast glass works using LiDAR data and rapid prototyping, showing aerial views of sites in the US related to three cities—Detroit, Houston and Seattle—and the iconic industries associated with their evolution.
NORWOOD VIVIANO Associate Professor of Art & Design Grand Valley State University
Norwood Viviano is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at Grand Valley State University, where he is the Sculpture Program Coordinator and responsible for a full-service foundry and fabrication studio. Viviano utilizes digital 3D modeling and printing technology in combination with glass blowing and casting processes to create his sculptural works. He has been an Artist-in Residence at the Royal College of Art, London, UK; Ox-Bow School Art and Artists’ Residency, Saugatuck, MI; Arts/Industry Resident Kohler Co., Kohler, WI; and Visiting Artist in Residence at the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA. His work has been exhibited at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL; Esther Claypool Gallery, Seattle, WA; Revolution Gallery, Ferndale, MI; Heller Gallery, New York, NY; Art Miami, Miami, FL; and the Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy.