Mental Maps + Geographic Realities The Mechanics and Psychology of Design Visualization

A lecture by Kevin Henry, Associate Professor of Product Design Columbia College Chicago
Wednesday, February 9, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. Wollman Auditorium, 65 West 11th Street, 5th floor free and open to all New School students, faculty and staff.

This lecture explores a wide range of topics, both historical and theoretical, while offering practical hands-on strategies for better understanding design visualizations of every kind from quick analog sketching and rendering to computer modeling, scenarios and storyboards, information graphics and, finally, effective presentations. It has been designed to help students see the universality of technology as tools (digital and analog) as well as the interconnections and precedents of ancient technology and the latest computer aided design or animation tools. More info at

Kevin Henry is an industrial designer, educator, curator, and writer interested in the intersection between design, technology, and culture. He has lectured widely in a variety of contexts on topics that include sustainability, the integration of technology into art and design curricula, the changing nature of photography in the era of social networking, and revamping foundation programs for the 21st century. He has published articles in a variety of journals and on-line websites including the industrial design supersite Core77. He is currently completing his first book due out in early 2012 on design visualization with the UK publisher Laurence King. Curated exhibitions include a fall 2009 exhibition on contemporary Chinese industrial design and d.i.y. culture.
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