Leslie Speer

Leslie Speer

Thursday, March 12th, 7:00 – 9:45 pm

Help Others, Help Yourself… Through Design

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery at California State University, Long Beach
6241 East University Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815
Park in the Foundation Lot across from the Design Department main entrance – $5

Design is extremely powerful and can be an engagement through which one can find the secret to happiness, not just for oneself, but for others. Come discover, through discussion and activities, the basic tools to help you find your passion AND in the process help others improve their lives.

Leslie Speer is a designer and educator with a long-time passion for helping people use design to improve their world and others’ lives. For the last twenty years she has been educating students, currently as a professor in industrial design at San José State University and, before that, as professor and Assistant Chair at California College of the Arts. She emphasizes innovative interdisciplinary courses and projects, often with students or user populations in emerging markets including Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Cameroon, Mongolia, and rural China. She pioneered the teaching of sustainable design and design research to undergraduates while at CCA, and for ten years co-taught a new product development class with design students collaborating with MBA and graduate engineering students from UC Berkeley. Leslie received the prestigious Educator of the Year award from the Industrial Designers Society of America in 2009. Professionally she has worked for companies and clients in the USA, Europe and Mexico, including Dupont, Philips, Oracle/Sun Microsystems, Frog Design, the Costa Rican Ministry of Culture, Banomex, and various NGOs. She has extensive consulting experience working on initiatives using design to create economic stability for artisans and rural farmers. She is founder and past Chair of the IDSA Design for the Majority Professional Interest Section, and is a guest lecturer at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle in Paris and the Shanghai Institute of Visual Arts in China. She received her BS in industrial design from California State University at Long Beach and her Masters in Design (MDES) from Middlesex University in the UK.

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