The Frontiers of Design (30 min film screening + discussion)

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Doberman Design Inc

333 Park Ave S Suite 5C · New York, NY

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Join Speculative Futures NYC as we partner with Doberman for an extra special event!

Doberman has generously opened up their space to host an amazing film screening and panel discussion that speculates on the future of Design.

The Frontiers of Design is a film project interviewing 20 influential organizations and designers about what’s next for Design.

The project consists of 20 shorts ( and one full film. Together they form a diverse patchwork of perspectives across industries, disciplines and markets.

This film project is not a quest for The Answer. Because there is no holy grail. On the contrary, this is the beginning of a journey to uncover clues and spark an industry-wide dialogue about the challenges, opportunities and responsibilities at the Frontiers of Design.

We hope you will join us as we learn about and explore how designers and technologists can push each other to work beyond today's constraints towards the future we want.

Thursday, April 18th
Doors Open at 6pm, Screening Begins at 6:30PM
Panel discussion to follow

Michael Burkin, Managing Director, Doberman NYC
Michael is the Managing Director of Doberman’s New York studio. In his role he is accountable for maintaining Doberman’s creative excellence and award-winning culture, and building client relationships of mutual purpose. He is passionate about mentoring creative teams, developing strategies and delivering exceptional, memorable, human-centered experiences. Over the course of his career, he has worked with diverse business and design leaders from organizations such as Harvard Business School, Citi, Ford, Samsung, Pfizer and Tiffany & Co. Prior to joining Doberman, Michael led strategic Business Development efforts for global design and innovation firms including Smart Design, Fjord and IDEO.

Victor Essnert, Technology Director, Doberman
Victor Essnert is a technology leader with 15 years building products and teams. He focuses on creating cross functional teams that solve real world problems using the right tools for the problem at hand.
Victor has spent most of his career in companies that are growing and changing quickly. Prior to Doberman NY, Victor held a number of senior leadership roles at ustwo over 9 years, establishing technology and agile delivery for the London studio and being part of the global leadership team. Before that Victor worked a startups in mobile gaming and online video.

Margaret Shear, Interim Creative Director, Doberman
Margaret Shear is a human-centered design leader with 15 years of experience working from strategy to pixel. Prior to Doberman, she served as Design Director at Condé Nast, where she helped established the discipline of user-centered design and ultimately oversaw a team of 20+ product designers. For 10 years prior, Margaret ran a solo consulting business serving a range of clients in both San Francisco and New York. She collaborated with design consultancies (frog design, Smart Design, Adaptive Path), established tech orgs (Jawbone, OpenTable, Nokia), and early stage startups.

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