Jan 19, 2013

**Innotalk** Roundtable on History of Design with Professor Barry Katz 2013.1.30

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What is design? What does design thinking mean? For anyone who is passionate of innovation in today’s world of complexity, design is a word that is inevitable to come across. But how much do we really know about design? How much effort have we put to learn what design has accomplished over decades if not centuries? If history indeed ‘repeats itself’, perhaps we should start reflecting ourselves in the history of design and see what we could apply in the society of today or possibly in future.

This year, we have a great honor to have Professor Barry Katz, who is a counseling professor of Stanford University and a from Palo Alto, California. Since the beginning of i.school he has been a great supporter of i.school, and is a fellow of i.school program.

The Innotalk session will be opened for all students and educators who thinks passionate of the topic. Please join us at i.school for this precious occasion. The first session will start off with a short presentation from Professor Katz, followed by an interview from the facilitator. The latter half of the session will be opened to everyone in the audience to together discuss any topic of interest, ranging from design, history, education, innovation, and possibly beyond.

Please note that the session will take place in English and Japanese translation will not be offered. The session is primarily for students and lecturers from any university. Participants of this session will be expected to be highly interactive and to be open for a discussion on the session’s topic.


この度イノトークではスタンフォード大学教授ならびにIDEOフェローでもあるBarry Katz先生をお迎えします。前半先生には「デザインの歴史」について15分ほどご講演頂き、其の後対談、参加者のみなさんとのラウンドテーブルという形で進めて参ります。


Date and Time: January 30th, 2013 (Wed.) 15:00 – 16:30 (The venue will open at 14:40).

Venue: “Chukyoshitsu” 3F, Ito International Research Center, Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo
東京大学本郷キャンパス伊藤国際学術研究センター 3F「中教室」→Map

Attendance: Up to 30 persons for students and educators in field of innovation and creativity (NOT limited to those at the University of Tokyo). In case the number of applicants exceed a selection process maybe applied. Please fill in the information required and submit through here.

Language: English

Barry Katz
Professor Barry Katz was educated at McGill University in Montréal, the London School of Economics, and holds a doctorate from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He is a professor of Humanities and Design at California College of the Arts, consulting professor of mechanical engineering at Stanford University, and fellow at IDEO, Silicon Valley’s leading design and innovation consultancy.

A prolific author, books by Barry include Herbert Marcuse and the Art of Liberation (Verso), Foreign Intelligence: Research and Analysis in the Office of Strategic Services, 1942–1945 (Harvard), and Technology and Culture: A Historical Romance (Stanford). More recently he has coauthored Change By Design, with Tim Brown, a book on design thinking, and with Branko Lukic, an exploration of Design Fictions. A new book, Tectonic Shift: The Unstable History of Silicon Valley Design, is forthcoming from MIT Press.

Katz has served as executive editor of the Design Book Review and contributing editor to I.D. and Metropolis magazines, and his writings on the history and philosophy of design have appeared in many academic, professional, and popular journals.

  • Barry Katz

    Barry Katz is Consulting Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Stanford University, Professor of Industrial and Interaction and Design at the California College of the Arts, and Fellow at IDEO, the global design and innovation consultancy. He is the author of six books, including Change By Design with Tim Brown, (Harper Collins, 2009), which explores the nature of design thinking as a strategy of business, and NONOBJECT, with Branko Lukic, (MIT, 2010), a conceptual exploration of “the space between person and product.”  A new book, Make it New: The History of Silicon Valley Design, will be published by the MIT Press in Fall, 2015. Dr. Katz consults with governments, companies, and academic institutions worldwide and his writings on design as a strategy of innovation have appeared in many academic, professional, and popular journals.