Speaker Series

Interdisciplinary Design Conversations

The interdisciplinary Design Conversations (iDC) hosts prominent figures from industry, research, practice, or other domains to offer thoughts on interdisciplinary themes in design. These talks foster an ongoing and Institute-wide discourse on the evolving nature of the processes, tools, and outcomes of design. All members of the MIT community are invited to join us as we cultivate an inclusive environment for thinking about and initiating effective design in the world.

James Sommerville

VP of global design, Coca-Cola Company 

April 2, 2019 at 2pm

Isabelle Olsson

Design Director for the Google Home and Google Wearables portfolio. 

March 12, 2019 at 2pm

Lee Moreau

VP, Design at EPAM Continuum

How to Make Technology Relevant (and not completely terrifying) to People

November 28, 2018 at 4pm

Deborah Berke

Dean of the Yale School of Architecture, architect and founder of Deborah Berke Partners 

Architecture. Design. Sustainability.

October 17, 2018 at 2pm

Wei Chen

Director of the Integrated Design Automation Lab, Northwestern University

Multidimensional Network Analysis of Customer Preferences in Engineering Design

October 2, 2018 at 2pm

Dan Seewald

Senior Director of Worldwide Innovation, Pfizer

Democratization of Design Thinking

May 8, 2018 at 2pm

Stephen Gates

Global Creative Director, Designer, Brand Builder, Host of The Crazy One Podcast 

Leadership, Vision & Design for Global Innovation

December 5, 2017 at 2pm

Don Norman

Prof. and Director, DesignLab, UC San Diego, co-founder of the Nielsen Norman Group

People-Centered Design for Complex Systems

November 14, 2017 at 2pm

Pratap Bose

Head of Design, Tata Motors 

Design & Growth at Tata Motors

May 9, 2017 at 2pm

David Kujda

Design & User Experience Executive

Design & Innovation at HomeAway

May 11, 2017 at 2pm


Doug Field

SVP Engineering, Tesla

Design & Innovation at Tesla

Nov 14, 2016. 2pm

Rick Rundell

Senior Director, Autodesk

Design Tech Trends: Reality computing, digital fabrication and design robotics

April 5, 2016. 4pm

Adam Cutler

Design Studio Director at IBM Design

IBM Design Thinking: Form intent, deliver outcomes

March 14, 2016. 4pm

Dr. David Kirsh

Professor, past chair of the Department of Cognitive Science/UCSD

Thinking with Things: The Value of Working with Objects in Architectural Design

March 28, 2016. 2pm

Chuck Hoberman

Transformable: Designing objects that change themselves.

November 3, 2015. 5pm

Dr. Lee Gehrke

Hermann von Helmholtz Professor in the Institute for Medical Engineering and Science at MIT and Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School

Design for Hack Applied to Rapid Diagnostic Devices to Detect Emerging Viruses

December 8, 2015. 4pm
Industry Day ~ Spring 2018

Radical Design Research  

Tuesday, April 10, 10am - 4pm

This is an invitation only event. Please email us for consideration.

Leaders of the IDC are working towards taking our research results to applications and are interested in new research and development that holds particular interest to industrial partners.  

Join us to help pair MIT's world-class research teams with innovators in industry to respond to specific design challenges and move solutions into the world!

Program - tentative