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
399, Pu Dian Road, Pudong New District, Shanghai, 200122, P.R. China view
Marc 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
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.