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Design Field Notes: Virtual Intimacy In The Physical Reality

Tue Sep 21, 2021 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual Jacobs (Zoom)
Join us for another semester of Design Field Notes—an ongoing lecture series part of our course DES INV 95. This speaker series invites a dynamic group of designers, artists, and academics in design-related fields to share their work and practice with our students and public. This event series will be held on Zoom, and is free and open to the public. A Zoom account is required for login and access to this series. Starting the fall series off is Jiani Zeng, Principal Designer of Illusary Material/CPO of Butlr; and Honghao Deng, CEO of Butlr. Jiani Zeng and Honghao Deng are designers and innovators focusing on creating tangible and responsive experiences. Their work exists on the boundary between the digital and physical realms, reinventing material expression and exploring new design opportunities with emerging technology such as AIoT, soft-robotics, and multi-material 3D printing. Zeng and Deng graduated from MIT and Harvard, their work has been awarded with Red Dot Best of the Best, IF Design Award, Architizer A+, Core77 Design Award, IDEA Silver, A'Design Award Platinum and Gold, and featured by Fast Company, Dezeen, Financial Times, Domus, Dexigner, INNOVATION Magazine, FRAME, Marie Claire, and CBS. With their groundbreaking work "Illusory Material", they are recognized as the “Next Generation 2021” designers by Wallpaper Magazine. They are co-founders of Butlr Technologies, an MIT Media Lab spin-off that builds the next-gen people-sensing platform.