Megan Stanton & John Krieger (Friday)

“The Design Mind”

The discipline of design has been expanding over the last decade. Designers of today frequently tackle questions that were once posed to management consultants, anthropologists, psychologists, and corporate strategy teams. The complexity of these questions has expanded the skill set of the average designer beyond the scope of traditional sketching and prototyping. We will look at how strategic design is done today and how this manifests into the daily activities and mindset of a designer from a sketch of a system level strategy to a conceptual essence to a physical model.

My comrade will be one of our most senior designers, John Krieger.

John is a visionary designer who has led some of the most compelling and conceptual design programs at DesignworksUSA. His expertise in large-scale, long term design programs has made him an invaluable asset on programs such as: BART’s future interior and exterior production design, German ICE train seating, visionary, Singapore Airlines galley concepts, Siemens Los Angeles Metro exterior train concept. In addition to his public transportation focus John has created solutions for many other projects and clients including: Volvo interior and exterior concepts, Universal Studios Entertainment projects, including Back to the Future ride, Polaris personal watercraft and ATV’s, John Deere construction equipment, Zaffira megayacht, Motorola phone concepts, Nokia future communications concepts, production motorcycles for BMW and others, Freestyle watch concepts, Carver yachts, Fleetwood Industries motorhome concepts, Venture/Persu 3 wheel tilting electric vehicle concept, Icon Aircraft’s amphibious personal aircraft, and BMW advanced transportation concepts including Gina.

Megan is the Associate Director of Business Design, at BMW Designworks in Los Angeles. Her work blends traditional design research and strategy with a larger view of business and management consulting. At Designworks, her time is split between two main clients, BMW and John Deere. Prior to joining Designworks Megan ran research and strategy programs for the mobile division of Samsung Electronics as a Senior Design Researcher & Strategist for Samsung Design America, and design research programs for LG, DIRECTV, Sony Pictures, and Hulu as the Senior Manager of Design at a small quantitative firm, Vital Findings, as well as five years of concept creation programs for next-generation and all-new vehicles at Nissan, as a Product Planner in Nissan’s Advanced Planning & Strategy department. At Nissan she developed front-end concepts for the Nissan Leaf, Sentra, Rogue, Murano, Titan, Infiniti JX, QX, and Etherea concept, and she sat on two global committees to define technology strategies for HMI and electric vehicle initiatives. Megan holds a Masters in Product Development and Bachelors in Industrial Design from Carnegie Mellon University.

Camille Utterback (Saturday)

“An Artist’s Perspective on CAe, SBIM, NPAR”

Artist Camille Utterback’s work engages with all of the topics of the Expressive Conference - sketch based interfaces, computational aesthetics, and non-photo realistic animation and rendering.

For many years, Utterback has created installations using live camera data and software code, exploring the intersection of physical gestures and computational systems. In Text Rain (1999), her landmark video tracking work, participants use their bodies to catch and play with projected lines of a poem. The External Measures series (2001–05) allow participants to use their bodies to engage with room scale drawing systems. More recently, Utterback has integrated her work into architectural infrastructures - activating sites such as hand railings and elevator call buttons to shift people’s temporal experience of a shared physical site. Her newest work explores the potential for display surfaces that address the subtleties of our depth perception as we move in physical relation to them.

In this talk, Utterback will discuss her artistic and technical processes, as well as the challenges of working as an artist, public artist, and technologist.

She is thrilled to be presenting at Expressive, and hopes to forge new friendships and possible collaborations between the contemporary art community and the participants and attendees of Expressive 2013.

Camille Utterback is a pioneering artist whose interactive installations and reactive sculptures engage participants in a dynamic process of kinesthetic discovery and play. Her work explores the aesthetic and experiential possibilities of linking computational systems to human movement and gesture in playful, yet subtly layered ways.
Utterback’s extensive exhibit history includes more than fifty shows on four continents. Recently completed commissions include works for the City of St. Louis Park, Minnesota (2009), the City of San Jose, California (2010), the Sacramento Airport, California (2011), and Mercedes House, New York City (2012).
Awards include a MacArthur Fellowship (2009), a Transmediale International Media Art Festival Award (2005), a Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowship (2002), and a US Patent (2001).
Utterback holds a BA in Art from Williams College, and a Masters degree from The Interactive Telecommunications Program at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She lives and works in San Francisco.