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Stamps Design Salon at 2016 Detroit Design Festival

September 22, 2016

During the 2016 Detroit Design Festival, the Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design will host its inaugural Design Salon. From Friday, September 23 through Sunday, September 25, a group of invited guests from varied disciplines - philosophers, robotics engineers, critical designers, a futurist, a national NPR foreign correspondent, design theorists, interaction designers, and corporate researchers and strategists - will join Stamps design faculty Sophia Brueckner, Roland Graf, John Marshall, Franc Nunoo-Quarcoo, Bruce M. Tharp, and Nick Tobier at the Inn on Ferry Street in Midtown Detroit.

The salon offers an intimate setting that brings together critical thinkers, do-ers, and makers from different fields to examine the implications of a thorny set of topics. This year, the salon will unpack the underlying tensions between design, ethics, and technology.

Unlike a conference or symposium, the salon is meant to provoke informal conversations across disciplines in a safe environment for conjecture, confusion, and speculation. The outcomes of the salon will be made available to the public through audio recordings and a salon website in early 2017.

2016 Salon participants include:

  • Christy Mag Uidhir, Philosopher of Art & Aesthetics (University of Houston)
  • Jason Beaubien, National Global Health and Development Correspondent (NPR)
  • Anthony Dunne, Critical Design (Dunne and Raby / The New School)
  • Clive Dilnot, Professor of Design Studies (Parsons)
  • Stuart Candy, Futurist (OCAD / SAIC)
  • Alison J. Clarke, Professor of Design History and Theory (University of Applied Arts, Vienna)
  • Meena Krishnamurthy, Philosopher (University of Michigan)
  • Jill Dimon, Interaction designer-Activist (Sassafras Tech Collective)
  • David Bruemmer , Co-founder & Chief Technical Officer (5D Robotics)
  • Dan Chen, R&D Strategist (Johnson & Johnson)
  • Elise Valoe, Senior Researcher (Steelcase)
Stamps Design Salon at 2016 Detroit Design Festival

Inn on Ferry Street, photo by Kenny Karpov