Bend Design 2022

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Bend Design 2022

Morning Keynote Speakers Virtual Livestream

October 14, 2022, 8:30am - 12:30pm

Watch Bend Design 2022 Keynote Speakers from the comfort of your home or office. Tickets are on a sliding scale and start at $10.

8:30: Amber Case 

Building Technology from the Human Out - Calm Technology, Humanity, and our Collective Future

Calm technology describes a state of technological maturity where a user’s primary task is not computing, but being human. The idea behind Calm Technology is to have smarter people, not things. Technology shouldn’t require all of our attention, just some of it, and only when necessary.


The terms calm computing and calm technology were coined in 1995 by PARC Researchers Mark Weiser and John Seely Brown in reaction to the increasing complexities that information technologies were creating. How can we design technologies that become part of a life and not a distraction from it? Technologies that respect human time instead of deterring from it? This talk explores the concept of calm technology, a method for smoothly capturing a user’s attention only when necessary, while calmly remaining in the background most of the time.


9:30: Rick Griffith

What Design Might Be

What Design Might Be is an evolving presentation of constantly updated sources and references from design history with predictions and possible trajectories for designers in all disciplines. Rick shares why he continues to love design after 30 years and what he is currently excited about in the areas of design, system change, and knowledge production.


10:30: Michael Lehrer 

Architecture is Optimism: The City of Angel's Better Angels

Optimism in the studio spills into the culture-at-large. Optimism transcends property lines into neighborhoods. Optimism isn't trivial, it's persevering for a vision. Over the past 20+ years Lehrer Architects LA has been working in professional and civic roles to get people off the streets and into decent housing. This talk will explore the continuum of housing and how creating HOME for someone - for anyone and everyone - is about providing human dignity, safety, love and respect through affordable housing solutions, shelters and community projects. Their projects throughout the city of Los Angeles all share a level of design sensibility and beauty not often seen in these types of spaces and provide a model of how to enhance a community by caring for its most vulnerable residents with dignity through design. 


11:30: Phyllis Williams-Strawder

Getting Lost On The Way To The Entrepreneurs House

Getting lost on the way to becoming an entrepreneur is to damn common. It's usually because we take a path we don't know. We also have a tendency to take the path that someone else created. Creating your own shortcuts and knowing when to diverge is scary because you may not see yourself as a trailblazer. It's time to stop going in circles and trust that you know what's best for you.