Today is a special episode of This Makes Me Happy, and it’s the creative brainchild of This Makes Me Happy, a podcast about people and what makes them happy; and Design Conversations, an AIGA Philadelphia series where I chat with designers about their work and their career. The following conversation was a live recording in front of an audience for DesignPhiladelphia 2017.
I want to thank the Center for Architecture and Design and DesignPhiladelphia for providing the venue, technical support, and for listing this event as part of DesignPhiladelphia. Thank you to AIGA Philadelphia for partnering on the creative happy hour before the event and for all the support, and everyone who contributed to the happy hour (honeygrow for providing the food, Yards for providing the beer, the AIGA board, and especially the AIGA volunteers Kevin Warren and Alex Kim). Thanks to SteeleEmpire for recording this episode. Thank you to Jason Zappolo for editing this episode. Thanks to everyone who attended. And a very special thanks to the five wonderful people who agreed to participate in this recording: Elissa Bloom, Executive Director, Philadelphia Fashion Incubator; Dr. Peter Lloyd Jones, Associate Dean and Director, MEDstudio@Jefferson and Trudy Anne Watt, Senior Fellow and Co-Director Research, MEDstudio@Jefferson; Dr. Natalie Nixon, Design Strategist, Figure 8 Thinking; Christine Sheller, Vicepresident of Design, FS Investments, President, AIGA Philadelphia.
For this conversation, I asked the five panelists to put together a short presentation, starting with the phrase, “Design Makes Me Happy Because…”. After the each presented, I asked them questions related to their design experiences and opened up the floor to questions from the audience (the questions came in via text). I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did.