The Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series Presents

Designers In Their Own Words

Through the years, the Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series has invited top professionals to share their knowledge and experience with design students at CSULB. This coming year marks the expansion of that series to a bi-monthly event. Thanks to Cecelia Anderson-Malcolm and the Duncan Anderson Endowment, CSULB now has an ongoing design lecture series to rival those at private design schools. The CSULB Industrial Design Program is working closely with IDSA-LA, and its student chapters, to schedule an exciting line-up of speakers. Please let your chapter officers know of professionals you want to meet and hear at future events.

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FALL  2016


The Department of Design at California State University, Long Beach is located at 6241 East University Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815.

Parking is available in the “Foundation Lot” located across from the Design building main entrance on E University Drive. Parking is $5.

Thursday, September 1, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery


CFO & CoFounder, Pip Tompkin Design Studios

The Journey to Yes

With the success of three innovative businesses under her belt, the Co-Founder and CFO of Pip Tompkin Design Studio, Shannon Hematian, has established herself as one of the most prolific female entrepreneurs working in the fields of technology and design today. A first generation Iranian Immigrant, Shannon is
a strong advocate for entrepreneurial, science and technology education.

In her informative and inspiring talk titled “The Journey to Yes,” Shannon shares personal insights into entrepreneurship, overcoming adversity, and finding the courage to ask for what we need.

Shannon started her first business, an Internet hosting company that leveraged emerging technologies to build superior user experiences, at the age of 19. After graduating from college, Shannon sold her company and moved to New York City to work for the globally acclaimed consultancy firm Deloitte and Touche.

In 2006, Shannon founded Project Untangle, an efficiency and business management consultancy, helping celebrities and small businesses optimize
their business operations. In December 2008, Shannon joined award-winning Industrial Designer Pip Tompkin to launch the Pip Tompkin Design Studio.
Under Shannon’s enterprising leadership, the company opened its doors to
rave reviews, and became profitable within its first year in business.

Today, Pip Tompkin Studio employs some of the most talented young designers in the industry, and provides design services to top companies such as DAQRI, Twitter, Polycom, iRobot, Belkin, Toshiba, Dell, HTC, Microsoft, Vizio, Microsoft, Discovery Kids, Playjam and many more.

Thursday, September 8, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery


Jette Creative

A Change in Direction

Having spent the last 15 years in the design world, Jesse has adapted and transformed her career to fit her lifestyle differently with each passing phase. It’s a realistic path many designers could take in order to succeed in both their career and family. Without sacrifices, “having it all” can feel unattainable but allowing yourself to adapt to the current environment, being loyal, picking priorities, and letting go will allow you to thrive. In her talk, “a change in direction” Jesse will tell a story of her experiences both good and bad. How she's allowed the gradual changes in life to run parallel to a thriving career.

Jesse DeSanti has an extensive design portfolio that covers retail, restaurant, office, educational, and residential spaces. With over a decade of experience in the industry, her work includes a number of high profile, highly-published, and/or LEED certified projects such as the executive oces and dining facilities for Sony Entertainment, the Disney Childcare Center, and offices for Michael Bay Films.

Some of her most rewarding work is the renovation and restoration of homes by renowned architects including Cli May, Richard Neutra, John Lautner, and William Werster. Through Marmol Radziner and Jessica Helgerson Interior Design, her portfolio has expanded to include furniture design, photo styling, and custom jewelry. For the past 5 years years she’s developed a small company of her own in San Clemente, CA called Jette Creative. She works on much of the same type of projects benefiting from those connections and getting continuous referrals.

Jesse received her BFA in Interior Architecture from Long Beach State University in 2003 and received her CID Certification in California in 2010.

Thursday, September 15, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery


Scout Regalia

Made in LA: Opportunity in the Raw

Scout Regalia is a Los Angeles based multi tasking design office founded in 2008 by Benjamin Luddy and Makoto Mizutani. The design practice is dedicated to designing spaces, interiors, furniture, and products. Both Ben and Makoto are graduates of the Masters in Architecture program at the Southern California Institute of Architecture (Sci-Arc). Their work has been featured in Dwell, Interior Design, Wallpaper Magazine, Elle Décor, The New York Times, and various other publications.

Makoto and Ben will discuss the challenges and advantages of making products and furniture specifically in Los Angeles, and supporting American manufacturing as a whole. They will also discuss how their backgrounds in architecture have informed the direction of their design practice.

Thursday, October 27, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery


Senior Industrial Designer, Teague Aviation (Seattle)

Challenges and Inspiration in the Aerospace Industry

This lecture will give an introduction to industrial design in the aerospace industry; the challenge of a highly regulated environment and the rewards of bringing big things up in the air that lasts for 10+ years.

Chevy Ho is a fellow graduate from Cal State Long Beach. He is currently working at TEAGUE Aviation.

Thursday, October 6, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery


99pi (Oakland)

The Way Things Live

As one of the staff producers for the design podcast 99% Invisible, Avery Trufelman spends most of her time considering the intentions behind inanimate objects. She finds stories hidden in products we encounter every day, like fire escapes and neon signs, as well as oddities and architectural outliers around the world, from art schools in Havana to garbage trucks in Taipei.

Her talk, "The Way Things Live," is a meditation of sorts—a reconsidering of the overlaps in some of the episodes she has made in the past three years. Design stories are human stories: the objects that we make are reflections of us, and they live existences parallel to ours. They fall in and out of favor with changing tastes and mores, in rich, changing narratives, until eventually, some outlive us all.

Thursday, October 20, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery


CEO, TEAMS Design (Chicago)

Talking Loud and Clear

Everything we do sends a message. Whether verbally, through body language
or even mood boards, we find ways to communicate our emotions and ideas
to others. Designers have another way to convey emotion and ideas -through sketching. Not only do we use it to communicate but we also use it to think, to explore and evaluate concepts. We can do rapid idea generation, or deeper concept exploration in ways thinking alone couldn’t do. We think on paper.

Paul will explore the different methods of sketching to aid thinking, and
explain some of the psychology behind it. He will also share his personal
journey and what role ideation, sketching and communication has played throughout his career.

Paul Hatch is CEO of the Chicago branch of industrial design and user experience firm TEAMS Design, which he opened in 1998. TEAMS Design
now has five branches and has been awarded over 1000 Design awards.

In 2013 he chaired the International Design Conference in Chicago themed ‘Breaking The Rules’. In 2014 he founded Design House, a non-profit with a mission to help revitalize local manufacture. Paul is also known for founding
and running an extreme debate event called Fight Club, which the New York Times called “A Designer Slugfest”.

Paul is co-author of two books about the impact of Design and Technology on business. In April 2009, Hatch was the third design professional ever to be awarded the IDSA Midwest Honors for Outstanding Achievement, and in 2013 received the ‘Extreme Volunteerism Award’ from the IDSA!


Thursday, November 10, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery


Founder, dTank

dTank Inc. was founded in 1998 by Reto Eberle, a Swiss-born entrepreneur with a background in furniture design and engineering. While observing a void in custom furniture design within commercial spaces, dTank was born, providing the A&D community with the resources to designers and fabricators from concept to installation. Over the past few decades, dTank has brought custom furniture to a large scale, furnishing entire workspaces, along with stepping into a variety of industries including education and healthcare. dTank continues to evolve with growing trends and continually aims to push the boundaries of custom furniture design and manufacturing.

Thursday, September 29, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery


Founder, BLINK-iD

What is CMF (Color, Material and Finish) Design

Reiko Morrison is the founder of BLINK-iD, an award winning CMF and Trend Consultancy here in Southern California. Throughout her career and life in general, Reiko has always been fascinated with colors, materials and finishes. Her goal is to help develop high quality CMF that enrich and inspire people’s lives.

This informative and inspiring talk will review Reiko's experience at CSULB, then take you through the evolution of her career where she started as an industrial designer and then transformed into a CMF designer. After this introduction, she will have material samples on display that will illustrate current industry technologies as well as inspirational samples that help design teams get their creative juices flowing. She will discuss the process of observing trends as well as technology developments and how this information can be translated successfully into CMF on products in specific consumer markets.

With 23 years of experience in product development and a focus on CMF for 16 of those years, she has worked with clients such as Microsoft, HTC, T-Mobile, Western Digital, Belkin, BMW/Designworks USA, Pebble Technology, Johnson & Johnson, and Honeywell to develop successful CMF applications on many widely recognized products.

Thursday, December 1, 7:00-9:45pm

In The Duncan Anderson Design Department Gallery