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frog design: design process & research methods

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Speakers: Turi McKinley & Jason Severs
Date: Friday, February 25, 6pm
Location: Theresa Lang Center, 55 W. 13th Street, 2nd floor

sponsored by D+M for Department Seminar 2: Design in Everyday Life

frog design is a global innovation firm working with the world’s leading companies, helping them create and bring to market meaningful products, services, and experiences. frog’s multidisciplinary process reveals valuable consumer and market insights and inspires lasting, humanizing solutions.

Turi McKinley (an MFA DT  Alum) is a Principal Designer whose primary role at frog has been to create clear, compelling interactive experiences and strategic visions for frog clients, and to lead in the design research practice in the NY studio. Her broad experience spans design research, interaction design and strategy for clients such as Colgate-Palmolive, LG, Educational Testing Service (ETS), Humana, and Qualcomm.

Prior to joining frog, she led design programs at MIT for clients including the University of Cambridge, the MIT Media Lab, and the MIT Entrepreneurship Center; developed social media software for emerging Eastern European markets; and worked on documentary films in Tibet, Nepal, India, rural China and Appalachia. She has degrees in Cultural Anthropology and Design.

Jason Severs is a Principal Designer who has helped to make frog an influential force in human-centered design. As a leader in the Design Research practice, he is responsible for promoting a systems-wide perspective on every project he engages, ensuring that the needs of users, businesses, manufacturers, suppliers, environment – and the rest of the value chain – are explored, understood, and considered as a part of the entire design process.

Before joining frog, Jason worked with Bruce Mau at the Institute without Boundaries on the project Massive Change
and at Columbia University’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning developing courseware and distance learning applications.

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