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Duncan Anderson Fall Lecture Series Continues On Nov. 8

Published: November 1, 2012

The Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series concludes this fall when stars from the world of industrial design explain to the CSULB community how to create everything from bicycles to toys. Admission is free.

The twice-yearly series was established by the Anderson-Malcolm family to honor the memory of Duncan Anderson, a former CSULB industrial design student who died while attending the university. The series is offered in conjunction with a pair of $6,000 Duncan Anderson scholarships that support two outstanding industrial design majors every year.

Series organizer David Teubner, a CSULB graduate and member of the Design Department since 1992, thanked series benefactor Cecelia Anderson-Malcolm for her continuing yearly support.

“Through the years, the Duncan Anderson Design Lecture Series has invited top professionals to share their knowledge and experience with design students at CSULB,” he said. “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. We work closely with IDSA-LA (Industrial Designers Society of America-Los Angeles). CSULB has the facilities and budget. IDSA-LA has the connections. It is a symbiotic relationship.”

The theme of this year’s series is entrepreneurship. “We bring these people in to inspire our students, not because we want our students to solve other people’s problems, but because we want them to follow their own cool ideas,” he said. “Last year, we invited Dario Antonioni because he is a designer who became a Kickstarter entrepreneur. Entrepreneurship is one of the things we’re really promoting now.”

The fall 2012 Duncan Anderson Lecture Series concludes with designers Erik Klemm and Daniel Lentz, who visit campus on Thursday, Nov. 8, to discuss the design and development of bicycle and component design through the history of their firm Giant Bicycle, the largest manufacturer of bicycles in the world, and how their culture plays into the process.

“Erik and Daniel found CSULB; we didn’t find them,” laughed Teubner. “We met at one of our lectures last year. They presented their business cards and just wanted us to know they had heard about the program and its lecture series. We have a lot of bicycle enthusiasts in the Design Department and the whole point of the series is networking. We worked with one of our bicycle enthusiasts to invite the team to the series. We always try to make connections.”

President and CEO of home product design firm notNeutral Julie Smith-Clementi will embrace the multi-disciplinary design process when she comes to campus on Thursday, Nov. 15. The accomplished interior designer founded the company that explores the intimate scale of home products through her design firm Rios Clementi Hale Studios. Smith-Clementi will discuss how notNeutral creates bold, idea-based, accessible objects for the everyday modern lifestyle.

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“One of the things that make Smith-Clementi interesting is that she is a crossover designer,” explained Teubner. “She started in interior design where she received her undergraduate degree and early experience before moving into industrial design. The frustration she felt in not finding the kind of furniture she was looking for forced her to become an industrial designer. She is just the kind of speaker we are looking for. I hope our students are inspired by the example of a designer who focused on what she knew and expanded on it to create other things.”

Ben Hopson presents the theory and practice of kinetic design, which involves the aesthetic design of physical movement, when he visits on Thursday, Nov. 29. “Hopson believes that a product that articulates and moves adds value and makes the product more desirable,” said Teubner. “This is his mission. We wanted to hear what he had to say so much, we’re bringing him from Brooklyn.”

Toymaker and former Mattel Vice President David Okada will play Santa Claus when he visits campus on Thursday, Dec. 6. “Okada will compare his background and passion for toys with the seriousness of the real business of toys,” Teubner said. “He specifically requested a speaking date just before Christmas. What better time to talk about toy design?”

The IDSA represents the industrial design profession with a focus on furthering design quality, effectiveness and positive image. IDSA’s mission is to take the lead in the industrial design profession, mainly through networking but also by promoting education and professional development. IDSA-LA is the Los Angeles Chapter of the IDSA, the Southern California “voice” of the industrial design profession.

Past series highlights included last spring’s visit by filmmaker Gary Hustwit; director of brand Communications for San Francisco’s Smart Design, Anna Shaw; and the principal architect at the New York office of Perkins Eastman, Nicholas Leahy.

Teubner encourages the campus and local community to attend the lectures.

“Sometimes these lectures are hard-core design but we try not to be. Now we’re looking for the speakers who are doing weird things. It’s more fun to explore different avenues,” he said. “The series is moving more and more toward those who have something interesting to say about design and creative effort. If you are an idea person looking for a new way to express those ideas, and if the people who excite you are the product of their own creativity, those are the kinds of people who appear in this series. The Long Beach community can expect to hear really cool people ready to act on their ideas. If you are inspired by people like that, come and join us.”

–Richard Manly