We previously noted how Explore Design Comes Back To Toronto and TreeHugger is There, curating a series of speakers under the heading Design for the Greater Good. The speakers were chosen for their ability to expose teenagers who are interested in design to fields they may not have known about, and who have interesting work that hasn't received a lot of exposure. We profiled three of the speakers here, and the rest are:
I have always been impressed by the Toronto store Up To You, a curated experience where Bill and Dimitra show such an incredible design sense. They have much to teach about what design is.
Dimitra Doufekas, Co-Founder, Up to You
Arguably the first fully functional Concept Shop in Canada, Up To You opened its doors in 2004 as a means of reinventing that which represents individuality, style and artistic expression. Up To You's main focus is on selling affordable, simple, high quality pieces. To date Up To You has appeared in Time Magazine, The Economist, Vogue Magazine, The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and ABC News. With the belief that true style is about knowing what you like and don't like, Doufekas' playful form of retail therapy encourages exploration. With the promise of show- casing original objects from around the globe Doufekas dedicates her time to exciting consumer items and creative thinking.
Robert Ouellette has been involved in the design of everything from websites (like the late and lamented ReadingToronto), to airplanes to networks to architecture.
Robert Ouellette, Columnist National Post & VP Special Projects Zerofootprint Robert Ouellette advises research led institutions and companies. With extensive international experience in design driven high tech markets, he brings a globalist's view to the issues of sustainability and development. For example, as VP for Research and Education, he positioned Immersion Studios as a world innovation partner for Siemens AG along with global brands Sony, Renault, and Novartis. He recently consulted with Toronto's MaRS Innovation Centre on its "Smart Cities" industrial cluster stimulus strategy.
I will also be speaking about green building design.