Parsons CD Symposium Spring 2019: Authenticity

15 May. 2019 13:00 - 17:00
Science and technology
Movie and media
Business & Career

How is a designer's work "authentic"? Whether for a brand, a publication or a self-initiated work, our level of craft and the set of principles we use, influence how one perceives something to be "real" or "genuine.” While building on pre-existing elements from open source platforms are widely accepted methods in a digital context, design also has the capacity to initiate dialogue and act as a provocation for unrestrained individual expression. The performative spaces we inhabit as designers, educators, family members or friends allow for multiple authentic selves that are all contextually driven.

In this symposium, we ask designers to consider the ways in which authenticity takes shape (or not) in design practice. What tools are we using? What values do we hold? How does our design engage with audiences outside of ourselves or the networks we use? Does emphasis on personal identity make design more authentic? At what point does design overstep and become so heavily edited that authenticity is lost?

Free and Open to Public – Please RSVP

Wed, May 15, 1–5pm

Wolff Conference Room, Room D1103
Albert and Vera List Academic Center.
6 East 16th Street
New York, NY 10003

Lukas Eigler-Harding, Independent Designer
Nicole Killian, Assistant Professor at Virginia Commonwealth University
Elaine Lopez, MFA Candidate, Rhode Island School of Design
Andrew Shurtz, Co-Founder, We Have Photoshop

Panel Moderated by
Kelly Walters, Assistant Professor at Parsons School of Design

Student Presenters
Kate Leisy, MPS CD '19
Brian Sing, AAS CD '19
Eileen Lu, BFA CD '19

Organized by 
E Roon Kang, Director, BFA Communication Design
Brendan Griffiths, Director, MPS Communication Design

Invite Design by 
Bentzion Goldman, BFA CD '19