[EVENT] IxDA Shanghai presents "An evening of conversation about Design, Interaction, Work and Life" with Marc Rettig: May 25th, 2010, 6:30PM

Itamar Medeiros
Event date: 
May 25, 2010 - 5:30am - 7:30am
Autodesk, Inc.
399, Pu Dian Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, 200122, P.R. C
IxDA Shanghai
Event description: 

In the midst of a global conversation about change, many designers are pondering their own impact in the world. How does our experience in software interfaces, web sites, and physical products prepare us to address the profound issues humanity is facing? These issues involve many complex systems, systems too big to fit into the scope of any single company or institution. Design methods are potent at large scale and scope, but what does it take to be effective as a practitioner, as a team, as a company? What is it like to actually achieve a meaningful, sustainable, positive difference in life?

In this evening of conversation, Marc Rettig will moderate a few discussions about the fundamentals of design work, and the need for designers everywhere to be working to have impact beyond making money for their employers.

May 25th, 2010 6:30PM

Autodesk, Inc.
399, Pu Dian Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, 200122, P.R. China
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Marc RettigMarc Rettig | Fit Associates, LLC
Marc Rettig is a co-founder of Fit Associates, LLC. Fit's intention is to lead, nurture, connect and equip conscious organizations for the greatest impact for the common good. Fit has a deep bench in ethnographic research, design, psychology, technology, and organizational change. Their industry client list includes Nissan, Comcast, Whirlpool, SAP, Microsoft and Respironics. Increasingly, Fit is turning its attention to work in sustainability, local development, and other issues whose scope exceeds the reach of any single organization.

Marc's 26-year career has been guided by an interest in people, systems, communication, anthropology and the power of design. After a first career in software systems, he has spent more than a decade as a designer of projects, interactions, products, services, experiences, and transformations. He has taught both lecture and studio courses at Carnegie Mellon's Graduate School of Design (where he was the 2003 Nierenberg Distinguished Chair of Design) and the Institute of Design, IIT in Chicago.

Marc served as Chief Experience Officer of the pace-setting user experience consultancy HannaHodge, where he was responsible for the firm's user-centered process, team culture, and research initiatives. He was a Director of User Experience at Cambridge Technology Partners. Prior to that he was a consultant with seeSpace, VP of Design for Digital Knowledge Assets, and a Senior Architect in Andersen Consulting's Advanced Technologies Group.

Marc has an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and Linguistics, and completed requirements for a Master's in Computational Linguistics at New York University. He frequently speaks and conducts hands-on workshops in industry and academic settings around the world. Marc currently serves on the advisory boards of UXNet, The Interaction Design Association (IxDA), and Rosenfeld Media, and is a Contributing Editor to Interactions magazine.


25 May 2010 - 9:58pm
Gene Lu

Thanks again Itamar and of course Marc for putting this together. It was also a pleasure meeting a few IXD'ers in Shanghai. I'm definitely looking forward to future IXDA events in Shanghai!

Listing the night's topics

The Levels of Sea Change (www.albendesign.com)

A vase is just a vase when not considering context

Some of the topics Marc covered

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