The National Endowment for the Arts to Host Webinar Series on International Design Initiatives

Sessions on March 19, May 7, and June 18, 2014 are Free and Will be Archived for Later Viewing

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Washington, DC—Exciting developments in design are taking place all over the world, as design-based solutions are increasingly used to meet societal, environmental, and system challenges. To explore some of these significant advances, the National Endowment for the Arts will host a three-webinar series highlighting international design initiatives and partnerships. The NEA's Design Programs office, led by Director of Design Programs Jason Schupbach, will convene panels of leading practitioners to present case studies and provide insights on successful design models.

Titled Learning from Abroad, the series will include a conversation with finalists of the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize, the possibilities for government innovation through design thinking, and the intersection of universal design and landscape design. The series follows the NEA's 2013 webinars on social impact design and Design and Social Impact:  A Cross-Sectoral Agenda for Design Education, Research, and Practice publication, as well as the NEA report, Valuing the Art of Industrial Design.

Each session lasts one hour and includes presentations by a panel of experts and an opportunity for Q and A with audience members. All times are Eastern Standard. An archive of each webinar will be available on the NEA's website in the webinar section shortly after the event.

"We are delighted to extend this opportunity to audiences to hear from extraordinary leaders in design from around the world," said Jason Schupbach. "These organizations, their projects and leaders, are making a difference in peoples' lives worldwide and demonstrate the power of good design."



Finalists of the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize - How Did They Do It?

March 19, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Session Leader: International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (Icsid)

Moderator:  Mariam Masud, Project Development Officer, Icsid (Montreal, Quebec)

Panelists: Anton Ljunggren, Director of Design, Biolite HomeStove (New York, New York); Johan Karlsson, Project Manager, Refugee Housing Unit (Stockholm, Sweden); and Dr. David Swann, ABC Syringe (Huddersfield, United Kingdom)

The World Design Impact Prize is an initiative of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design, who are guest-hosting this webinar. The biennial award recognizes projects from around the world that use industrial design-focused solutions to improve the social, economic, and environmental quality of life. Hear the prize finalists talk about their design process and how they engage and empower citizens by creating products and systems that leverage indigenous technology.

The International Council of Societies of Industrial Design is a non-profit organization that protects and promotes the interests of the profession of industrial design. The primary aim of the association is to advance the discipline of industrial design at an international level. Icsid strives to create a world where design enhances our social, cultural, economic, and environmental quality of life.


When Government Meets Design

May 7, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. ET

Session Leader: Design Council UK  

Moderator: Camilla Buchanan, Policy Advisor, Design Council (London, United Kingdom)

Panelists: Beatrice Andrews, Senior Policy Advisor, Open Policy Making Team, Cabinet Office (London, United Kingdom); Chelsea Mauldin, Director, Public Policy Lab (New York, New York); and Abby Wilson, Director, The Lab @ Office of Personnel Management (Washington, DC).

This webinar, guest-hosted by the Design Council UK, will focus on the role that design can play in bringing about innovation in government practice and policy. This session will share insights from leading examples in the United Kingdom and the United States on where design is being used to create public services around customers, to introduce new methods into the civil service skills set, and as a tool to aid the process of public policy development.

The Design Council is the UK government's advisor on design, and promotes the intelligent and creative solution capabilities of good design across the country and in government. The Council works with designers and other disciplines to address major issues including health, aging, and community cohesion.


Universal Design + Landscape Design 

June 18, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Session Leader: Institute for Human Centered Design (IHCD)   

Moderator:  Valerie Fletcher, Executive Director, IHCD (Boston, MA)

Panelists: TBD

Universal design is a global movement that builds both on the experience of accessible design, and on the reality of the diversity of age and ability in the 21st century, especially in the physical world of buildings, streets, sidewalks, and other outdoor spaces. In this webinar hosted by the Institute for Human Centered Design, designers will discuss the intersection of universal and landscape design in their work, and what can be learned and built upon from the international community.

The Institute for Human Centered Design is committed to advancing the role of design in expanding opportunity and enhancing experiences for people of all ages and abilities through excellence in design. IHCD's work balances expertise in legally required accessibility with promotion of best practices in human-centered design.


Please register in advance using the links below.

     March 19 webinar: Finalists of the 2013-2014 World Design Impact Prize - How Did They Do It?

     May 7 webinar: When Government Meets Design

     June 18 webinar: Universal Design + Landscape Design 

You may listen using your computer's speakers or dial in to 1-877-685-5350 and use participant code: 739587. Attendees will be muted but able to type in questions and comments through a Q & A text box. Use hashtag #NEAdesign to join the conversation on Twitter. All webinars will be archived for later viewing


For press inquiries, Victoria Hutter,, 202-682-5692