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Webinar: Latham Fellow Adrien Segal | Form Follows Data

April 15, 2020
6:00-7:00pm CST
Data sculptor Adrien Segal discusses translating data into physical forms by incorporating scientific research and digital technology.

IIT Institute of Design (ID) invites 2020 Latham fellow Adrien Segal, data sculptor and adjunct professor of design at California College of the Arts, to lecture on this year's theme of data and design. Adrien will discuss how she starts with data as a conceptual basis and incorporates scientific research, digital technology, material culture, and perception to manifest information into physical form. By translating data into physical forms, experience becomes the means by which information is communicated. Adrien believes information becomes knowledge through experience—a direct sensory perception of the tangible world around us. Adrien's presentation will be followed by a Q+A moderated by ID faculty member Zach Pino.

Adrien Segal is an artist based in Oakland, California. Her work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and museums, and is published in several books and academic journals, including Data Flow 2 and 500 Tables. She has been an Artist in Residence at the Bunnell Street Art Center in Alaska, Facebook Headquarters, the Pier 9 Workshop, Bullseye Glass, the Schmidt Ocean Institute, and Benchspace in Ireland. Adrien received a BFA in Furniture Design from California College of the Arts in San Francisco. In addition to teaching, she pursues her creative practice out of her studio on the former Naval Base in Alameda, California.

About the Latham lectures

Latham fellows share their emerging ideas with the IIT Institute of Design (ID) community and the wider public by giving a lecture hosted by ID and publishing freely available digital content in the form of a paper, article, or other presentation that acknowledges their fellowship. Richard Latham (1920–1991) was an influential figure in design planning and strategic design who studied design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the early 1940s. Latham believed that the principles of design should be the core of business planning. Today, Latham Fellows connect to Latham’s philosophy and are selected because of their pioneering thinking and ability to transfer knowledge about design planning and its value.

About IIT Institute of Design (ID)

IIT Institute of Design (ID) builds responsible, cooperative, intelligent futures. Founded by László Moholy-Nagy as The New Bauhaus in 1937, ID is known for pioneering human-centered design and systems design. Today ID is home to the only US design school devoted completely to graduate students. But ID is more than a graduate school. ID is an international community of learners and practitioners who are addressing the biggest issues of our time by eliciting a power unique to humans: creativity. Learn more about ID at