((L-R) Cassondra Schindler, Holly Higdon-Woodand René Mitchell at Bend Design.
Photo courtesy of René Mitchell)

2017 Convenes Creative Thought Leaders Who Shape Our Future

BEND DESIGN 2017 is being presented by ScaleHouse in Bend October 26+27, as a two-day event for creative thinkers, designersand disrupters who seek to explore the processesand practices that enable design thinking to alter our approach to the challengesand opportunities in our lives.

BEND DESIGN features talks with innovators of every discipline, interactive workshopsand hands-on exhibits—designed to energizeand embolden all of us to improve the quality of life in our communities through creative thinkingand action.

Anyone whose contributions to their workand the world would benefit from a creative approach to problem solving: Yes, designers, but also architects, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, trades professionals, educators, students, researchers, executives, musicians, writers, civic leaders, city planners, citizens.

There are no tracks dividing the disciplines this year. Attendees can expect to further the ideas they came with, make connections with new mentorsand co-conspiratorsand emerge ready to design the future.

BEND DESIGN 2017 Headline Speakers

ADIFF is a humanitarian clothing startup that uses design intervention to assist globally displaced persons. A graduate of Parsons the New School for Design with a BFA in fashion design, Angela is redesigning the fashion industry to be more inclusiveand proactive. Based in New York, she is a member of the Forbes 30 Under 30 Class of 2017, winner of Parsons’ 2016 Designer of the Year Awardand winner of the Eyes on Talents Innovation Award.

REBECA MENDEZ | Artist, Designer, Professor | UCLA, Design Media Arts
Méndez is director of the CounterForce Lab, a researchand fieldwork studio dedicated to using artand design to develop creative collaborations, research,and projects around the socialand ecological impacts of anthropocene climate change. Her researchand practice investigates designand media art in public space, critical approaches to public identitiesand landscape,and artistic projects based on field investigation methods.

BRYAN LEE | Founder/Director | Colloqate Design
Bryan Lee is a designerand design justice advocate. Colloqate Design is a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to expanding community access to designand creating spaces of racial, socialand cultural equity. Lee most recently served as the Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleansand prior to that at the 2014 AIA National Firm of the Year, Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (Architecture) in New Orleans. Bryan is the founding organizer of the Design Justice Platformand organized the Design As Protest National day of Action.

LYNDA DECKER | Presidentand Creative Director | Decker Design
Decker Design is a New York City-based design consultancy. Decker is currently co-chair with Heather Stern of the AIGA Women Lead Initiative. She is a former vice-president of the AIGA/NY chapter.

She began her career at Lubalin Peckolick Associates working as an assistant on the publication, U&lc. Later the firm merged with Pushpin Studiosand she worked under the tutelage of both Alan Peckolickand Seymour Chwast. Believing that there was a way to combine the wit of advertisingand the discipline of design, she established Decker Design in 1996.

KAWANDEEP VIRDEE | New American Public Art
Virdee uses technologyand art to explore ways we can create meaningand joy collectively. He co-founded New American Public Art to build interactive art that makes public spaces more communaland welcoming. Similarly, his internet art strives to encourage collaboration, play,and creativity.

JOHN CARY | Architect, Author
An architect by training, Cary has devoted his career to expanding the practice of design for the public good. He is the author of Design for Good: A New Era of Architecture for Everyoneand his writing on design, philanthropyand fatherhood has appeared in the New York Times, on CNN.comand numerous other publications.

TANNER WOODFORD | Founder, Executive Director,
Bartender | Chicago Design Museum
Throughout his career, Tanner has worked as a product designer, community organizer, interaction designerand developer. He has taughtand lectured on design issues, historyand rapid ideation in professionaland academic settings. He is irrepressibly optimistic,and believes design has the capacity to fundamentally improve the human condition.

BEND DESIGN 2017 is a celebration of design thinkingand design doing. stoke curiosity, spark innovation, empower collaborationand make things happen. Drawing inspiration from multidisciplinary design thinkers in Bendand across the country, it will feature workshops, lectures, toursand hands-on design opportunities, inviting community members, designers, trade professionals, students, entrepreneurs, city officialsand citizen-experts to participate in a conversation around the shape of our shared future.

ScaleHouse is a community hub for creative thinkersand the driving force behind the ongoing campaign to develop a Contemporary Creative Center in Bend.
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