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Speculative Design

Gowri Balasubramaniam

Job Title: Graduate Student

Organization: University of Michigan

Speaker Bio:

Gowri Balasubramaniam is a multidisciplinary designer, researcher, and futurist from India.

Her application of the design process endeavors to address complex multicultural issues of our times. Her current research focuses on decolonised design, critical design practices and material interfaces.

Gowri began her career in design and business development. Her experience observing the benefits of cross-disciplinary collaboration led her to seek opportunities to integrate the environment as a dynamic entity into her process instead of being an inactive backdrop. She is a graduate candidate in the Master of Integrative Design program at the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.

Name: Megan Freund

Job Title: graduate student

Organization: University of Michigan

Speaker Bio:

Megan Freund is a multidisciplinary designer, researcher and futurist based in Oakland, California. She treats design as a tool for empowerment and interpersonal connection. Her current research seeks to understand how intentional visioning of the future might lead to just, equitable and resilient realities.

A veteran of Silicon Valley, Megan joined Airbnb and Uber when they were early age start-ups, designing customer experiences and digital products. Now she is determined to apply the design process to improve the response to societal issues. She is a graduate candidate in the Master of Integrative Design program at the Stamps School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan.

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