• Designing Autonomous Vehicles

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    TICKETS & INFO ON THE D+G SITE: https://designersandgeeks.com/events/designing-autonomous-vehicles Please note that you must have a ticket from the D+G Site (purchasable through our Eventbrite) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. ------------------------------------------ Autonomous vehicles will have a profound impact on the world in the coming years. They will almost certainly have life-changing effects for all of us, like it or not. So what's it like to work on the design of such a profoundly influential technology? What are the considerations, practices, and ideas that underlie the work? In this session of Designers + Geeks, we'll look at the work of creative professionals in the autonomous vehicle industry. This event is not likely to be recorded, so join us in person for a great set of talks! ----- NASTASHA TAN | Head of Design at Uber ATG Nastasha Tan is the Head of Design at Uber ATG, where she leads a multidisciplinary design team of product designers, researchers, and brand designers who help to shape our autonomy technology and define our future ride experience. Prior to Uber ATG, she was the Design Director at IDEO, helping her clients design experiences that humanize technology across mobility, beauty, health, and products. ----- FRANCISCO GUZMAN | Lead Product Designer at Nuro Francisco is a product designer interested in the intersection of technology and the social sciences. He’s currently a product designer at Nuro, a robotics company that has built a new class of self-driving vehicles designed purely for local goods transportation. At Nuro he designs software to help manage the fleet, consumer interfaces and conducts user research to inform the vehicle user experience. Prior to Nuro, Francisco led the design of Instacart’s supply-focused products that ensure customers get what they want when they want it. Francisco has an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering and computer science from Stanford University. ------------------------------------------ Connect We post discounts & freebies here: • Our Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eNMs-/ • Designers + Geeks Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designersandgeeks • @DesignersGeeks https://twitter.com/DesignersGeeks

  • Building Design Leadership

    LinkedIn - San Francisco

    TICKETS & INFO ON THE D+G SITE: https://designersandgeeks.com/events/building-design-leadership Please note that you must have a ticket from the D+G Site (purchasable through our Eventbrite) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. ------------------------------------------ Building Design Leadership Price: $20 What does it take to establish design leadership as creative professionals? How are great design leads built, and what do they do to inspire those around them? These are some of the topics we'll explore in our next session of Designers + Geeks. At this event, we'll feature talks from well-established leaders in the creative profession and hear about how they got there – the practices, ideas, and challenges that help them build great design teams. Katie Dill | VP of Design at Lyft Katie Dill is the VP of Design at Lyft, where she oversees the design of the product and service experience including digital and industrial design. Under Katie’s leadership, Lyft leverages thoughtful design to tackle challenges in behavior change, the disruption of the transportation industry and the transformation of cities. Before joining Lyft, Katie was the Director of Experience Design at Airbnb and oversaw the designers defining Airbnb’s digital products and services. She led her team in successfully launching a company rebrand, scaling from 10 to 100, and establishing studios worldwide. Prior to that, Katie was a Partner at Greenstart Ventures, Creative Director at Frog Design, and an instructor in CCA’s Grad design program. In 2019, Katie was named one of Business Insiders’ 10 People Transforming Technology, and in 2017 was one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business. She’s also been a juror at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity and Fast Company's Innovation by Design Awards. Katie holds a Bachelor of Science in industrial design from ArtCenter College of Design, as well as a bachelor’s degree in history from Colgate University. LEA ANN HUTTER | Senior Director of Product Design at LinkedIn As a User Experience Design leader, Lea Ann has scaled multiple consumer and enterprise UX Design teams. She currently leads over 35 Designers and Design Managers for LinkedIn’s Global Talent Solutions, a multi product platform for recruiters and job seekers. She’s passionate about championing people and products that create positive change in the world. Her favorite word to describe the ultimate user experience: effortless. ------------------------------------------ Connect We post discounts & freebies here: • Our Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eNMs-/ • Designers + Geeks Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designersandgeeks • @DesignersGeeks https://twitter.com/DesignersGeeks

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  • Talks on the Subversion of Cute and Designing Responsible Tech

    TICKETS & INFO ON THE D+G SITE: https://designersandgeeks.com/events/subversion-of-cute-and-designing-responsible-tech Please note that you must have a ticket from the D+G Site (purchasable through our Eventbrite) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. ------------------------------------------ Our next session of Designers + Geeks features two great speakers on very important topics. First, we'll have Jennifer Daniel talking about the power struggle that comes with the perception of cute in design. Jennifer will draw from her experiences as Creative Director of Google Emoji, an illustrator, and author of childrens' books for this talk. Next, we have Kevin Web Page talking about our responsibilities as creators of design and technology. Kevin is a world-class thinker in this domain, and speaks on the topic all over the world. We're excited to have both of these speakers at Designers + Geeks. As usual, we'll start the evening with food, drinks, and friends. ----- JENNIFER DANIEL | Creative Director of Google Emoji, Google Jennifer Daniel is a designer for a small ad company called google. Her work explores the divergence of communication and messaging through verbal, written, auditory and visual expression. She hates writings bios and her work has been recognized by many fancy awards, yadda yadda yadda. Jennifer is the Art Manager for Google's stickers, expressive camera effects and avatar programs. Prior to that, she was Graphics Editor at the New York Times and Adjunct Professor at the School of Visual Arts. ----- KEVIN WEB PAGE | Experience Leader at Kevin Web Page Create a Future for All Designers are responsible for more outcomes than they realize. In technology and design, designers have a responsibility to deliver ethical experiences for people, not just users or customers. Tech companies now realize this need and are hiring ethical advisors and designers. Learn how to become an ethical designer by hearing from Kevin Web Page. It's time to make the design experience better for humans, not just users. Kevin Web Page creates ethical innovation solutions for businesses and people. His strategies leverage APIs, developers, and emerging technology. Page is the founder of 150+ community, founder of Ethical Tech World, and host of Kevin Web Page Show. Through conferences and online publications, Page shares how to create a future for all. ------------------------------------------ Connect We post discounts & freebies here: • Our Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eNMs-/ • Designers + Geeks Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designersandgeeks • @DesignersGeeks https://twitter.com/DesignersGeeks

  • Empathy in Design

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    TICKETS & INFO ON THE D+G SITE: https://designersandgeeks.com/events/empathy-in-design Please note that you must have a ticket from the D+G Site (purchasable through our Eventbrite) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. ------------------------------------------ Empathy is the secret weapon of great designers. The ability to put yourself in someone else's shoes and truly experience what they're experiencing is a powerful skillset, and one that can be quite difficult to cultivate when you're designing for a user that is not like you. The world needs more empathy. Join us for a session of Designers + Geeks focused on Empathy in Design, with great speakers from a variety of industries. ----- MELISSA MIYAMOTO-MILLS | Designer at Ueno Melissa Miyamoto-Mills is a motion and brand designer at Ueno in San Francisco. She focuses on projects at the intersection of art, design, technology and culture. Previously at HUSH, Office, and New Deal Design, she has a diverse design background working with clients like Nike, Viacom, Google, and start-ups such as Lumosity and True Ventures. Find her on instagram @m3lissammm. ----- PREETHI RAJU | Senior Product Designer at One Medical Preethi Raju is a Sr. Product Designer at One Medical where she leads the effort to rethink healthcare and create a world class patient experience. She loves working with teams to design simple products that raise the standard, and even create some joy in the world. Preethi teaches design at CCSF, and holds a Masters in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University. Prior to discovering her love for healthcare design, she led mobile design at MobileIron, re-designed Slant, and consulted for clients including Target and Goldman Sachs. She is passionate about design culture and it's ability to transcend throughout organizations. ----- CAPRI LAROCCA | City Experience Manager at Minerva Schools From communications and UX to permaculture and architecture, Capri LaRocca has experimented with many sides of the design landscape. She earned her Bachelor’s in Science, Technology and International Affairs from Georgetown University, went on to work in marketing communications and was an editor for thought leadership on the future of education. Today she designs systems and experiential learning opportunities for a diverse cohort of students from around the world to learn the practical skills you wished you learned in college. ----- HANNAH NEWMAN | City Experience Manager at Minerva Schools Hannah Newman graduated from Middlebury College with a neuroscience degree, obtained her Master’s in Science Journalism from NYU, and then embarked on three years of leading experiential education programs — primarily in Latin America. Today, she works to facilitate project based learning opportunities for an international cohort of college students — connecting their structured academic learnings to challenges hosted by local organizations. In addition, she mentors students in their own initiatives and designs large community events for Minerva. ------------------------------------------ Connect We post discounts & freebies here: • Our Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eNMs-/ • Designers + Geeks Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designersandgeeks • @DesignersGeeks https://twitter.com/DesignersGeeks

  • Designing for Real Life

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    TICKETS & INFO ON THE D+G SITE: https://designersandgeeks.com/events/designing-for-real-life Please note that you must have a ticket from the D+G Site (purchasable through our Eventbrite) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. ------------------------------------------ Things come full circle: from real life, to digital, back to real. But the future doesn't repeat the past, it only rhymes. What are the patterns, trends, and designs shaping the future of In Real Life (IRL) experiences? How is technology improving our face time (if at all)? In this session of Designers + Geeks, we'll feature talks from creative professionals working to create brilliant IRL experiences. ----- JESS KESSIN | Design Strategist & Educator, Stanford d.School Jess is a product designer, design strategist, entrepreneur and educator with a deep passion for Universal Design and creating products and services that are accessible to ALL people. Her superpower is pinpointing a need to design and implement a new paradigm. Jess always infuses her work with meaning. She started a toy company based in Universal Design to help all children engage in accessible play. Most recently she established three unprecedented design practices at Capital One, including Design Strategy for the credit card business, Physical Experience Design and Data Visualization. Jess spent 7 years teaching design and engineering to undergraduates in Stanford’s Product Design Program and since 2012 has been actively teaching Design Thinking at the Stanford D.School. ----- STEPHANIE THOMA | IRL Connection Enthusiast & Workshop Facilitator Networking for Introverts Do you feel anxious at the thought of networking? Do you wish you felt more comfortable meeting new people, but feel like networking is too quick and shallow for you to do it right? Do you feel misunderstood, coming off as unfriendly without meaning to? If this sounds familiar, you won't want to miss this lightning talk. Adapted from the interactive 90-minute Networking for Introverts workshop, this talk has been designed to address those specific concerns and more. Stephanie Thoma is a workshop facilitator, writer and international speaker whose mission is to help people connect more authentically in real life. Currently serving as the Director of PR for the Young Professionals of San Francisco and TEDx SF Community Lead, she has made a career out of networking. Stephanie has attended more than 300 networking events since 2016, and in 2018 produced and hosted over 100 events in San Francisco. Her latest workshop, Creating Female Friendly Workplaces, is now available for startup and corporate bookings. Stephanie has presented to audiences at General Assembly, Quilt, SF Girl Bosses, Venture Cafe and more, and is excited to share space with the Designer + Geeks community. ----- GABRIELLE GUTHRIE | Designer Co-Founder, Moxxly Gabrielle is the Designer Co-Founder of Moxxly, where she leads a team making boss products for women, starting with a hassle-free breast pump accessory kit. She holds a Masters in Design from Stanford University. ------------------------------------------ Connect We post discounts & freebies here: • Our Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eNMs-/ • Designers + Geeks Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designersandgeeks • @DesignersGeeks https://twitter.com/DesignersGeeks

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  • Let's Talk Design Ops

    Thumbtack

    TICKETS & INFO ON THE D+G SITE: https://designersandgeeks.com/events/lets-talk-design-ops Please note that you must have a ticket from the D+G Site (purchasable through our Eventbrite) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. ------ Let's Talk Design Ops Price: $20 Design isn't just about art and creativity. Sometimes you need to put systems and processes in place to get things done. In this session of Designers + Geeks, we'll take a look at the processes, tools, and systems that operationalize creative work. ALICE YANG | Illustrator, Uber Alice Yang is a San Francisco based designer and illustrator. As part of the Brand Experience team at Uber, her current focus consists of furthering the company’s illustration style and integrating illustration as a visual system into product and marketing strategies. At a personal level, illustration is a language for things unsaid, and her mission is to capture the narratives that escape words. In a previous life she was a product designer at Symphony Commerce, and before that she was a software engineer at Electronic Arts. She received her Master of Science in Engineering in Computer Graphics and Game Technology from the University of Pennsylvania. KRYSTAL LAUK | Owner and Art Director at Krystal Lauk Studios and Illustrator at Thumbtack Krystal Lauk is the owner of San Francisco boutique agency Krystal Lauk Studios, specializing in art direction, tech-orientated illustration, and visual design. Under her studio she has had the pleasure of working with Uber, Google, Intercom, and The New York Times, with her most recent long term engagement being with Thumbtack. Her work has been recognized by American Illustration, the Society of Illustrators, and 3×3 magazine. When she’s in the studio you’ll often find her vigilantly stopping her two naughty cats from playing with her pen. JON KERWIN | Product Designer, Thumbtack I've been a designer for over a decade now, dipping my toe in marketing, product, management, and am currently in love with all things design systems. As a design systems designer, I'm tasked with making everyone's job a little bit easier by supporting the product team in a unique way that allows everyone to work a little bit faster. When I'm not thinking about patterns, logic, and accessibility, I'm usually hanging out with my dog or I'm outside cycling/exploring. I love a good adventure with a good camera. I'm currently training for AIDS LifeCycle, which is a 545 mile bike ride from SF to LA, so if you enjoy what I have to say and feel like showing some love, find me on social media and get my donation link. ROBERT GIANINO | Group Program Manager, Adobe Design Operations Drawing from his experience of working on creative teams for over 15 years, Rob Gianino works as the Design Enrichments manager for Adobe Design. In his role, he’s responsible for building team engagement across Adobe’s centralized, 300 member experience design organization. His team focuses on building a portfolio of programming that inspires creativity, nurtures continuing professional development, and builds a sense of community across several office across the globe. Rob is also passionate about pizza to a degree that some would argue is unhealthy. JASON ARMSTRONG | Design Program Manager, Studio XD at Netflix Jason is a Design Ops practitioner with over a decade of experience in both agencies and software companies. He's a graduate from Pratt's Design Management program and has worked with clients including MasterCard, Microsoft, and Accenture as well as serving as an in-house design program manager at Airbnb and Hootsuite. His focus is on adaptive and cost-effective design and management practices. ------------------------------------------ Connect We post discounts & freebies here: • Our Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eNMs-/ • Designers + Geeks Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designersandgeeks • @DesignersGeeks https://twitter.com/DesignersGeeks

  • High by Design

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    TICKETS & INFO ON THE D+G SITE: https://www.designersandgeeks.com/events/high-by-design-2019 Please note that you must have a ticket from the D+G Site (purchasable through our Eventbrite) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. ------------------------------------------ High by Design Price: $20 High by Design is a look at the creative profession in the legal cannabis industry. Now an annual tradition for us, this event is one of our favorites. Where else can you look at a highly-stigmatized, previously-illegal, and widely-enjoyed industry that suddenly needs to transition to mainstream design? The cannabis industry is one of the fastest growing in the world, and California is leading the charge in many ways. In this session of Designers + Geeks, we'll look at the challenges, opportunities, and practices that getting us High by Design. ------------------- SALWA IBRAHIM | Owner & Managing Partner, MKSI Investments For more than 10 years, Salwa Ibrahim has been a pioneer in the California cannabis industry. She has opened and operated numerous dispensaries and cultivation/extraction facilities, totaling over $50M in sales annually throughout multiple states,. In 2016, Salwa and her partners made history with Blum, the first cannabis dispensary to do an initial public offering. She continues to play a key role in the market as recreational use drives rapid change in the industry. In her current role at MKSI Investments, she lends expertise and experience to emerging cannabis companies while seeking new opportunities and markets. ------------------ JOHANNA SUAREZ | Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, House Caviar Johanna is a serial entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience managing small business operations and startup companies across different industries. Prior to House Caviar, Johanna lead team strategies in growing brand awareness with Events Marketing at Square, she also spearheaded the first ever credit card sales acceptance at Coachella Music Festival, generating $12M in 2015 in its pilot program and $22M in 2016. She then moved to a cannabis pharmaceutical start up as Head of Product Operations, where she oversaw and led the development of the Root mobile app, a learning tool to grow cannabis, as well as iPOS, an ERP seed to sale track and trace system. ------------------ SETH BANKS | Principal Product Designer, Green Bits Seth Banks is Principal Product Designer at Green Bits, the premier technology and services company powering the legal cannabis market. Green Bits streamlines cannabis operations by designing human-centered solutions to eliminate the inherent complexity that comes from operating in the most highly regulated market in the United States. ------------------ CAT OSHIRO | Senior Digital Product Designer, Caliva Catherine “Cat” Oshiro is a San Francisco based Product Designer and Illustrator. She is currently Senior Digital Product Designer at Caliva, a market leader cannabis dispensary and cultivation facility based in San Jose. Cat brings more than 10 years of experience designing digital products across a variety of industries. She focuses on building unique experiences that leave an impactful and lasting story. Prior to Caliva, she oversaw digital design at method products and Bleacher Report, and has worked with companies including Mend, Google and Yelp. Born and raised in Sacramento, California, she received her Bachelors of Arts in Communication Design from California State University Chico. ------------------------------------------ Connect We post discounts & freebies here: • Our Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eNMs-/ • Designers + Geeks Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designersandgeeks • @DesignersGeeks https://twitter.com/DesignersGeeks

  • Tales of Design Research

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    TICKETS & INFO ON THE D+G SITE: https://www.designersandgeeks.com/events/tales-of-design-research Please note that you must have a ticket from the D+G Site (purchasable through our Eventbrite) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. ------------------------------------------ Tales of Design Research Price: $20 Design research has been around for ages in one form or another, but is now gaining recognition as a cornerstone of the design profession. Design research enables us to learn what users really think, and connect with problems that we may not personally experience as creatives. In this session of Designers + Geeks, we'll look at design research in different forms and industries, from traditional to emerging fields. The Talks: 1) Designing with Numbers and Feelings Kristina Phillips & Sally Darby, Senior Strategists at frog design 2) Reading Design Works: Tips from Cinema Rami Alayan, User Experience Designer at IBM 3) Where no user has gone before: The voyages of conducting augmented reality UX research Stefanie Hutka, PhD, Experience Researcher, Adobe Design Research & Strategy Team More info about the talks & speakers on our website. ------------------------------------------ Connect We post discounts & freebies here: • Our Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eNMs-/ • Designers + Geeks Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designersandgeeks • @DesignersGeeks https://twitter.com/DesignersGeeks

  • Redefining Women Iconathon

    General Assembly San Francisco

    We are partnering with the Noun Project to support this great event that will create a new set of public domain icons that represent women in business and entrepreneurship. It is a free event, you just need to RSVP on this Eventbrite page to attend: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/redefining-women-iconathon-tickets-57551741809 Please direct any questions to the organizer using the Eventbrite page. ------ DETAILS FROM EVENTBRITE: Many visual representations of women are still outdated. Currently, if you search the web for images of “entrepreneur” or “boss” the majority of the results are images of men. Similarly, if you search for “caregiver,” “baby,” or “childcare” the majority of results are images of women. In this hands-on design workshop, we'll be working together to overthrow old stereotypes and create new icons that more accurately represent the women of today. The event will include presentations from industry experts including: - Cathi Kwon, Principal Product Manager at Adobe - Majo Molfino, writer, speaker, women's creative leadership coach and host of the Heroine podcast. Noun Project Design Director Geremy Mumenthaler will talk participants through semiotics, symbolism, and best practices for icon design, and we'll break into groups to sketch and design new icons together. Each participant group will include designers and subject matter experts, so everyone will be able to contribute. At the end of the workshop, we'll all review and vote for the final set of icons that will be vectorized and placed into the public domain, free for anyone to use. No design or art skills are necessary, all are welcome to participate. Lunch and beverages will be provided. ------ About the Redefining Women Iconathon Series Visual language has the power to shape, reinforce and change our perceptions about the world. Many visual representations of women are still outdated. If you search the web for images of “entrepreneur” or “boss,” the majority of results are images of men. As the leader in visual communication, Noun Project will be championing equal representation of women by hosting Iconathon design workshops to create new iconography that accurately reflects women of today. The Iconathon series will be hosted in San Francisco, Los Angeles and New York. At the end of the series, the entire icon collection will be released as a public domain set. Visit the Noun Project blog for more information about this initiative. https://blog.thenounproject.com/redefining-women-gender-equality-in-iconography-b5231b5fde4f

  • Art by Design

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    TICKETS & INFO ON THE D+G SITE: https://www.designersandgeeks.com/events/art-by-design Please note that you must have a ticket from the D+G Site (purchasable through our Eventbrite) to attend. RSVP'ing on Meetup alone will not get you in. ------------------------------------------ Art by Design Price: $20 In February, we continue our dive into the eclectic with Art by Design, a look at how the worlds of pure artistic creativity and design come together. Join us for talks by a neuroscientist dance choreographer and the designer of some of the most popular music creation apps ever built. ***** Nkechi Deanna Njaka, Msc. Neuroscientist, Mindfulness Teacher + Artist Mindfulness and Creativity are what allows us to live our own message. Having access to our creativity gives us the freedom to self express and be who we are moment to moment. When given the space to self express, creativity affords peace, openness, grace, curiosity, wonder, ease and beauty. In this workshop, scientist + artist Nkechi Deanna Njaka will explore her path to discovering the artist within and molding that power into a creative career and way of living. Through her research, study and practice, Nkechi will share how her work has fostered a meaningful bridge between mindfulness and creativity. By the end of this inspiring talk, participants will have a fully crystallized idea of how it is truly possible to merge science and art. Nkechi Deanna Njaka, Msc. is a designer and geek at heart, having studying neuroscience and dance— pursuing both professionally before starting her own creative agency. She is the founder of NDN lifestyle studio, co-founder of Sitting Matters and is a YBCA Artist Fellow. Nkechi majored in neuroscience and dance at Scripps College and went on to complete an MSc in Neuroscience at the University of Edinburgh. --- Ge Wang Associate Professor at Stanford What does it mean to design well? To design ethically? How might the things we engineer reflect our human values? In a world shaped by technology, these may be the most difficult and ongoing questions facing every engineer, builder, designer. To address them, the way we think about design may need to fundamentally evolve. Drawing from Ge Wang's new book ARTFUL DESIGN, and using music technology as a vehicle, we will examine everyday examples of design: programming languages, toy-like mobile apps like Ocarina, instruments for laptop orchestra, and social technologies. Through these, we will consider how and why, more than addressing our practical needs, technology could and should be beautiful, humanistic, and socially meaningful. Ge Wang is an Associate Professor at Stanford University’s Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA). He researches artful design of tools, toys, games and social experiences. Ge is the architect of the ChucK music programming language, director of the Stanford Laptop Orchestra, co-founder of Smule and designer of the Ocarina and Magic Piano apps for mobile phones. He is a 2016 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of ARTFUL DESIGN: TECHNOLOGY IN SEARCH OF THE SUBLIME, a photo comic book about the ethics and craft of shaping technology. Based on the book, Ge is currently teaching a new critical thinking course at Stanford, "Design that Understands Us." ------------------------------------------ Connect We post discounts & freebies here: • Our Newsletter http://eepurl.com/eNMs-/ • Designers + Geeks Facebook https://www.facebook.com/designersandgeeks • @DesignersGeeks https://twitter.com/DesignersGeeks

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