Carnegie Mellon University

Futuristic Designs

09-27-2010

Nierenberg Distinguished Professors To Speak Tuesday, Sept. 28

Nick and GillNick Durrant and Gill Wildman, the School of Design's 2010-2011 Nierenberg Distinguished Professors of Design will present their lecture "We Come From the Future" at 5 p.m., on Tuesday, Sept. 28 in Breed Hall, Margaret Morrison 103. A reception will follow the lecture.

"It’s just wonderful to have Nick and Gill here in the School of Design," said Terry Irwin, head of the School of Design. "We are looking forward their lecture on how design and science fiction is related. Not only are they able to teach at a master’s level, they are working with our underclassman as well. The Nierenberg Chair is a very important visiting faculty appointment for the School of Design."

Fresh from London where they direct the design strategy and innovation consultancy Plot, Durrant and Wildman say: "At Plot we are curious about the relationship between 'the obvious' and 'the fantastic; how fact and fiction generate and influence each other; and how that shapes how we conceive of the future."

Plot's vision and practice sees design and design thinking as a force to be used for progressive purposes in the world. In their lecture, Durrant and Wildman will use examples from two parallel worlds, science-fiction film and a wide variety of design practices, to explore and connect different visions and versions of these futures.

Eric Sloss