Latham Lecture Series

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. He served as director of design in Raymond Loewy's Chicago office, later founding Latham Tyler Jensen Inc. and Richard S. Latham & Associates Inc., where he specialized in product planning, pioneering an important new area for industrial designers. Latham was interested in using design to make a strategic impact on business and believed that the principles of design should be the core of business planning. Committed to this philosophy, he worked only with visionaries who had a deep respect for users, and who understood that sustaining their organizations depended upon this respect.

Is all this design necessary or literally are all these things necessary?...Had [we] not pursued the planning philosophy I probably wouldn't be asking myself these kind of questions, but rather concentrating on the next client and all the next things that we should design, whether the world needs them or not."
—Richard Latham

Today, Latham Fellows connect to Latham’s philosophy and are selected because of their ability to challenge the boundaries of design and transfer knowledge about design planning and its value. Fellows give a lecture hosted by ID and share their emerging ideas with the ID community and the wider public by publishing freely available digital content in the form of a paper, article, or other presentation that acknowledges their fellowship.

Past Latham Fellows include:

Smiljana Antonijević (Amongst Digital Humanists)
Aymar Jean Christian (Open TV)
Carl DiSalvo (Adversarial Design)
Paul Dourish (The Stuff of Bits)
Hamid Ekbia (Heteromation)
Robert Fabricant
Karl Fogel
Andrea Guzman
Chris Le Dantec (Designing Publics)
Thomas Lodato
Nassim Jafari Naimi
Dawn Nafus (Self-Tracking and Quantified)
Jose Oliva
Winifred Poster (Invisible Labor)
Marques Rhyne
Andrew Schrock (Civic Tech)
Skip Walter
Molly Wright Steenson (Architectural Intelligence)