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  • Design Makes Me Happy

  • Design Makes Me Happy

  • Design Makes Me Happy

  • Design Makes Me Happy

  • Design Makes Me Happy

Design Makes Me Happy

Design Makes Me Happy is a live podcast recording, and a special episode of This Makes Me Happy, a podcast about people and what makes them happy. Philadelphia design leaders share their passion for design through a short essay on why design makes them happy, followed by a moderated conversation. Presented by This Makes Me Happy and moderated by Bernardo Margulis.

Monday, October 9th. Center for Architecture and Design (1218 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 10107)

Doors open at 5:30 for a happy hour with AIGA Philadelphia.

Panel starts at 7 PM

You will hear from a distinguished panel of design influencers:

Elissa Bloom

Elissa Bloom
Executive Director, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator

With over 18 years of both corporate and entrepreneurial experience, Elissa brings a unique and fresh understanding to the world of fashion and business. She has worked corporately for Bloomingdales and Anthropologie and has taught fashion entrepreneurship courses at Drexel, Moore College of Art and Design, and Philadelphia University. She launched a successful accessories brand, Elissa Bloom New York, which she oversaw for eight years. While managing all aspects of her company including design, sourcing, manufacturing and distribution, Elissa learned what it takes to run a successful fashion company. She has a strong understanding of both the creative and commercial side of business and is committed to sharing her experience with others to help them achieve success in the business world.

Peter Lloyd Jones

Dr. Peter Lloyd Jones
Associate Dean and Director, MEDstudio@Jefferson University

Trudy Anne Watt
Senior Fellow and Co-Director Research, MEDstudio@Jefferson University

Peter Lloyd Jones and Trudy Anne Watt are award-winning futurists, professors and authors who collaborate at the intersection of design and health research, education and practice. Jones was recruited to Jefferson from UPenn, where he served as tenured professor of pathology and lecturer in architecture, in order to launch the first design unit and curriculum of its type at a US medical school. MEDstudio is rooted in studio research, community engagement, and the discovery of new ways to promote health and wellness for all. Peter’s recent book, LabStudio, co-authored with MOMA-awarded Cornell architectural researcher Jenny Sabin, records their decade-long close collaboration, described as “Inseparable from a profound evolution of our vision of life” by the Director of Research at Harvard’s GSD. In 2016, Jones invited fellow polymath and architectural historian/theoretician Trudy Watt to collaborate with him and Sabin at DesignPhiladelphia 2016. Subsequently, she was invited to become the first resident architectural designer in Jefferson’s nearly 200-year-old medical history. In 2017, Watt was made Senior Fellow and co-director of Research at MEDstudio. Like Jones, Watt’s work has been shown nationally and internationally, and she has taught at Princeton, Columbia and Jefferson. Collectively, Jones and Watt focus on the emergence of a new discipline between architecture and science and the ways it will serve people across all demographics, while considering each field’s distinct disciplinary legacy and the context of ethics and aesthetics for future researchers and professionals, especially within a hyperbolic, digito-technological, post-code era.

Dr. Natalie Nixon
Design Strategist, Figure 8 Thinking

Dr. Natalie Nixon is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker.  At Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations accelerate innovation and growth by developing meaningful strategy through design thinking and ethnographic research. She’s the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond; a regular contributor to INC online magazine; a Fellow at the Paris d.School and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.

Christine Sheller
Vicepresident of Design, FS Investments
President, AIGA Philadelphia

Christine Sheller is the Vice President of Design at FS Investments, where she oversees execution of all creative output including brand, design, strategy, video + photography, digital, print and related platforms. Prior to joining FS, she served as the Creative Director at SIG, where she developed and deployed brand standards for the Philadelphia and New York based trading firm. With creative leadership positions at Lincoln Financial Group, Delaware Investments and Motorola, Christine has over 20 years of experience managing in-house brands. She currently serves as the President of AIGA Philadelphia on the board of the Philadelphia Community Arts Network