((L-R) Cassondra Schindler, Holly Higdon-Wood and 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, designers and disrupters who seek to explore the processes and practices that enable design thinking to alter our approach to the challenges and opportunities in our lives.
BEND DESIGN features talks with innovators of every discipline, interactive workshops and hands-on exhibits—designed to energize and embolden all of us to improve the quality of life in our communities through creative thinking and action.
Anyone whose contributions to their work and 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 mentors and co-conspirators and emerge ready to design the future.
BEND DESIGN 2017 Headline Speakers
ANGELA LUNDA | Founder and CEO | ADIFF
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 inclusive and 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 Award and 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 research and fieldwork studio dedicated to using art and design to develop creative collaborations, research, and projects around the social and ecological impacts of anthropocene climate change. Her research and practice investigates design and media art in public space, critical approaches to public identities and landscape, and artistic projects based on field investigation methods.
BRYAN LEE | Founder/Director | Colloqate Design
Bryan Lee is a designer and design justice advocate. Colloqate Design is a nonprofit multidisciplinary design practice dedicated to expanding community access to design and creating spaces of racial, social and cultural equity. Lee most recently served as the Place + Civic Design Director for the Arts Council of New Orleans and 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 Platform and organized the Design As Protest National day of Action.
LYNDA DECKER | President and 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 Studios and she worked under the tutelage of both Alan Peckolick and Seymour Chwast. Believing that there was a way to combine the wit of advertising and the discipline of design, she established Decker Design in 1996.
KAWANDEEP VIRDEE | New American Public Art
Virdee uses technology and art to explore ways we can create meaning and joy collectively. He co-founded New American Public Art to build interactive art that makes public spaces more communal and 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 Everyone and his writing on design, philanthropy and fatherhood has appeared in the New York Times, on CNN.com and 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 designer and developer. He has taught and lectured on design issues, history and rapid ideation in professional and 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 thinking and design doing. stoke curiosity, spark innovation, empower collaboration and make things happen. Drawing inspiration from multidisciplinary design thinkers in Bend and across the country, it will feature workshops, lectures, tours and hands-on design opportunities, inviting community members, designers, trade professionals, students, entrepreneurs, city officials and citizen-experts to participate in a conversation around the shape of our shared future.
ScaleHouse is a community hub for creative thinkers and the driving force behind the ongoing campaign to develop a Contemporary Creative Center in Bend.