‘The Designer’s Toolbox’

By Jesse Campbell (jesse.campbell@mountaintimes.com)

Article Published: Feb. 20 | Modified: Feb. 28

Aspiring designers and those who take only a casual interest in the principles of the profession are invited to a special lecture at Appalachian State University that brings a new look at the converging disciplines.

Entitled “The Designer’s Toolbox,” the lecture will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 at the Price Lake Room in the Plemmons Student Union at ASU. A special reception begins at 6:30 p.m. The event is free to the public.

The design-themed power session began as a way to bring design majors together, due to the scattered nature of the department, said Jeanne Mercer, an associate professor in the interior design program at ASU.

“We wanted a way to bring the students together, and we’ve had some really great speakers over the years,” Mercer said.

This year’s speaker, Alex Ko, is a former student of Mercer’s at Cornell University.

He has also taught at the Stanford Design School, and his lecture will focus on linking design business and thinking into the profession, Mercer said.

Ko will also discuss what he calls “design tools,” which are metaphor, observation and iteration in the design process, Mercer said. “He said he might do an interactive project with the audience, and I expect that he will,” she said.

Over the years, Mercer said the interior design program has tried to recruit more than just students to the annual lecture.

“We’ve tried to get the word out every year,” she said. “They don’t have to be a designer to have an interest in design thinking. We’ve had people from the community come before with an interest of how it relates to their business. We’ve also had many professional designers that come to the event, as well.”

ASU’s Plemmons Student Union is accessible via College and Locust streets, and free parking is available in campus lots and parking decks after 5 p.m.

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