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Deana McDonagh Speaks on Design Empathy


Empathic design researcher Deana McDonagh will speak on Friday, Nov. 14 at 1:30 pm in the A&A Auditorium.

Deana McDonagh: Do It Until It Hurts: Design Empathy”
Friday November 142014
1:30 — 2:30 pm
Art & Architecture Auditorium
Open to the public

Deana McDonagh is Professor of Industrial Design in the School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign) and faculty at the Beckman Institute of Advanced Science and Technology. She is an experienced design practitioner and entrepreneur. Prior to joining the University of Illinois she was a Reader in User-Centred Design at Loughborough University in the UK. She is an Empathic Design Research Strategist who focuses on enhancing quality of life for all through more intuitive and meaningful products, leading to emotional sustainability. Her research concentrates on emotional user-product relationships and how empathy can bring the designer closer to users’ authentic needs, ensuring both functional and emotional needs are met by products. She is currently a Research Fellow at Coventry University (UK) and Director of Research for Herbst Produkt design consultancy (USA). As Designer Entrepreneur-in-Residence (start-up incubator) and Design Director for the Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she provides design advice and guidance across campus.

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