Technology is evolving more quickly than ever. The planet can't sustain our consuming ways anymore. We're still in a deep economic recession. And 40,000 design students are graduating every year across the country. Is a new golden age of creativity upon us? Or is it the end of design as we know it? (Or both?) Many are touting design as the primary catalyst towards meaningful societal change, but will we all just be designing mobile apps in 5 years instead? And what about the rest of us who still just want to make cool posters?
Eric Heiman has assembled five designers/design teams to address these issues in "Pecha Kucha" format — 20 slides, 20 seconds each, 400 seconds total — and will then moderate a discussion between them. San Francisco's premier Hip-Hop (M)istress of (C)eremonies Melina Jones will introduce each guest's credentials with a freestyle rap performance of her own composition.