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CSULB Graphic Design Professor Andrew Byrom lecturing at Helms Design Center, Los Angeles

Posted on March 7, 2017 by School of Art

Layout 1CSULB School of Art Professor Andrew Byrom will be presenting a lecture entitled “Designing and Making” on ‘maker culture’ and its relationship to contemporary design practice at the Helms Design Center, Los Angeles on Wednesday March 15th at 6.45pm. The lecture will be part of a larger program entitled “Designers are Not Makers,” sponsored by the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Los Angeles. As Professor Byron explains, “The growth we have witnessed in ‘maker’ culture has given us increased access to the tools and information needed to tinker, program, and build custom products and solutions. Manufacturing can now happen on a desktop as easily as in a home workshop. The benefits of stepping away from a computer to work with your hands continues to gain influence in business and culture. Yet, with all the focus on making, it is the designer who gets celebrated once the ‘making’ becomes mass production. As digital technology continues to insert itself into our daily lives, what is the role of the tactile? What is the importance of physical creation in a world of digital technology, virtual reality, 3D printing and rapid prototyping? And where does the act of designing stop, so the role of making can take over?” 


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