Professor Katarina Posch recently moderated a panel discussion for the James Dyson Award celebrating the selection of finalists. The panel was organized by Susan Grant Lewing Associates and hosted by IDNY Meetup at Humanscale in Manhattan. The panel discussion revolved around the question of functionality and problem solving in today’s designs; as well as around the possible tasks of young and emerging designers in the future market. The panelists were Assif Biderman (MIT), Scott Henderson (Scott Henderson Design), Mark McKenna (Human Scale), Cara McCarty (Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum), and Kimberly Hoffmann (finalist), and the discussion was moderated by Prof. Katarina V. Posch (Pratt Institute, Dept. of the History of Art and Design).

The James Dyson Award is a prestigious award for Industrial design students. It was created in 2005  (under the name of James Dyson Award since 2008), by the inventor and designer of the Dyson vacuum cleaner. Prizes are awarded to the best entries from 18 countries. This year’s winner created an adaptable electric engine for bicycles, which was developed by a design team from the SENSEABLE City Lab at MIT.

Watch a video of the panel: http://vimeo.com/14392141