2016

Evan Clabots

Evan Clabots | Othr

Does the world really need another chair?

October 21 | 1:30 | 90 Minutes | The Old Stone Performing Arts Center

Evan Clabots looks past the established subjects of design in order to apply design thinking to the future of our planet. This workshop will analyze current affairs and work towards crafting solutions to society’s most pressing needs in an effort to improve the world around us through design.

Does the world really need another chair?

October 21 | 10:30 | 90 Minutes | The Old Stone Performing Arts Center

Evan Clabots looks past the established subjects of design in order to apply design thinking to the future of our planet. This workshop will analyze current affairs and work towards crafting solutions to society’s most pressing needs in an effort to improve the world around us through design.

The role of the designer in the new world

October 20 | 1:30 | Tower Theatre

Design’s role in society is not constant. At times, design is about style – a redressing of objects that we already know. Other times, design is about innovation; it becomes more about creating the world around us than simply styling it. Historically, periods of innovation often align with the advent of new manufacturing techniques, which allow us to push the boundaries of production.

Today, we see technological advancements in the form of 3D printing. This technology has its advantages for commercial design, in that it allows for more localized production without the pressure of producing at economies of scale. It is also making design tools more accessible to the public, much like Instagram has for photography or Garage Band has for music. As these tools become more prominent in everyday life, the public will have the ability to create their own products and style their own lives.

The impetus, therefore, is on us as designers to leverage the technology and continue to create products that meet consumers’ needs and are relevant in a changing society. This Keynote will address the democratization of design and the role of the designer as the industry shifts. In the words of Paola Antonelli, “Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need, and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.”

Evan’s multi-faceted career began even prior to his graduation from RISD in 2004, when he licensed a school project for manufacturing. Since, Evan has held a variety of roles in the industry, and launched his own studio, Nonlinear, in 2010; specializing in product design, art direction and interior design. The studio also produced its own line of products that have retailed in the MoMA store and around the world. Evan has done work for clients including All-Clad, Target and Tumi, and is currently the Chief Design Officer at OTHR and an adjunct professor at Pratt Institute.