April 8th, 2017
10am - 5pm

Pratt Institute Engineering Building

Pratt Free School is a day of free classes open to the public and taught by alumni from the Pratt Graduate Communications Design Department. This year we’re focusing on design as it relates to the SUPERNATURAL, celebrating its power, complexity, and mystery. The day includes four classes on a range of design topics. Lunch and some Free School swag will be provided. Designers and non-designers alike are welcome! Sign up for as many classes as you plan to attend.

Culture and Sustainability

10 am - 11:30 am | Charlene Sequeira

This workshop will provide participants with a new outlook on the role and power of a designer in shaping more sustainable cultures. Using interactive exercises, this class will teach students practices in design methodology to create more sustainable solutions for themselves and the greater community. Touching on principles Buchanan’s Four Orders of Design and Irwin’s Transition Design, this course will encourage participants to evaluate and recreate their own chosen cultural practices to be more sustainable.

Designer as Facilitator

11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Xinyi Li + Nicole Salamone

In the early twentieth century, we saw the designer as an investigator of visual form, interested in pragmatic planning. During the mid-twentieth century, this role expanded to include authorship, an interest in semantics and narrative. Today, the boundaries of the design discipline grow further, intertwining with alternative disciplines, tools, skillsets and environments. The designer of the present is taught not only to think about visual form, but about sensory experiences; to not merely focus on the creation of a final product, but instead the facilitation of a process. To design in our current cultural paradigm, could be thought of as applying a process to a given context or experience. But what marks the difference, then, between designing and everything else?

Seeing Systems

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm | Alexis Baran

If we think about everything as a system, our entire universe is a system that can be broken down all the way to the components that make up atoms and reconfigured into the people and tools that create other systems like our judiciary, cars, schools, hospitals, computers...the list is infinite. When considered this way, everything can be seen as sets of connected things or parts forming complex wholes. When it comes to design, how we identify these systems, break them down, and rebuild them in previously unthought of ways can inform a process for creativity and innovation. In this workshop, participants will discover how components of systems are really just data sets that are ripe for rearrangement in the pursuit of changing how we think of and use them.

Political Kryptonite

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm | Julien Noguera

In this workshop, participants will take an in-depth look at the field of Service Design, particularly its implementation towards creating better experiences of governmental services for citizens. Working with essential principles of User Experience Design, this class will focus on the use of unique criteria used to assess a user’s satisfaction with an experience, especially when applied to unconventional services/situations such as social causes and non-profits. Ultimately the course intends to impart a better understanding of Service Design, as well as provide a framework of methods and advice participants can use in their own future projects.

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April 8th, 2017
10am - 5pm
Pratt Institute Engineering Building