Meet Carla Diana and Craig Ward!

Welcome to our second installment of Speaker Bios. Today, i’m introducing you to Carla Diana and Craig Ward.

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A designer-artist whose work bridges the gap between the physical and the digital. As Associate Director of Interaction Design at Smart Design, her projects include domestic robots, mobile devices and sentient kitchen appliances. She currently leads the Smart Interaction Lab, an initiative focused on design explorations in the form of tinkering and hands-on experimentation around topics such as expressive objects, digital making, and virtual presence.

She has taught and lectured internationally, most recently at Drexel, SVA and Georgia Tech. Carla holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering from The Cooper Union and an MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art.

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Originally hailing from the rural steppes of Lincolnshire in the North East of England, Craig Ward now resides in the distinctly different surrounds of New York. After graduating in 2003 Ward worked as a designer/Art Director at several major London advertising agencies (including MCBD, CHI & Partners) before founding his collaborative studio, Words are Pictures.

Ward is fascinated by the notion of word as image and continually explores new techniques and methods with which to convey more meaning in headlines and texts.

His diverse list of previous clients have included Wired, Nike, BMW, Elle, The Economist, Dockers, The Guardian, Creative Review, GQ, Ebay, The Washington Post and The New York Times amongst many others in the publishing and advertising fields. [Credit to Behance.net/wordswithpictures]

-Marina Lamanna

As you can see, there will be a speaker for everyone at TEDxDrexelU. Which of these speakers are you most looking forward to? Don’t forget to purchase your tickets for the conference!

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