“Failure×Design” - 2016 Harvard×Design Conference
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“Failure×Design” – 2016 Harvard×Design Conference

February 20, 2016 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST


The Harvard×Design Conference is an annual exploration of all things design. Launched in 2012, the conference is a collaborative effort between student groups at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Harvard Business School, and Harvard College – and the only cross-school event of its kind. The event brings together creative thinkers, design luminaries, experts from a variety of backgrounds, professors, and students to engage in and reinterpret the design process.

Hosted by Harvard GSD, the 2016 theme is “Failure×Design” and will be centered around the process of productive failure. We want to provide a platform for honest discussion about the role of failure in design, the many ways we can fail, but more importantly, the countless ways we can overcome it.

Creative leaders in tech, branding, graphic design, e-commerce, and design entrepreneurship will be speaking on how to overcome obstacles, how to recognize productive failure, and how to avoid pitfalls at crucial points in the design process. Come hear PepsiCo, IDEO, Etsy, and other exciting design leaders share their candid experiences with failure in the design process.

Also join Shana Dressler and Marianne Aerni of 30 Weeks for an additional afternoon workshop the following Sunday, February 21st. 30 weeks is a design founders program that equips designers with the necessary entrepreneurial skills and knowledge base to start impactful companies. 60 students will be able to join Shana and Marianne at the GSD for a workshop on IDEATION and VALIDATION: finding ideas to be passionate about and identifying ideas that are prone to failure. Register for the workshop here.

Harvard×Design is open to everyone! Participants range from Harvard graduate and undergraduate students across all degrees, non-Harvard students and faculty, and New England area professionals. We hope to see you there!

Tickets are going fast! They can be purchased here.

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February 20, 2016
8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST
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Harvard Graduate School of Design – Piper Auditorium
Gund Hall: 48 Quincy St
Cambridge , MA 02138 United States
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