Toyota Lecture Series

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The Toyota Lecture Series in Design was established through a generous $1 million endowment gift to the College for Creative Studies from Toyota Motor Company. The endowment is used to bring prominent designers and scholars in all fields of design to speak at CCS.

Previous Toyota Lecturers include Hideichi Misonom, Shiro Nakamura, Alexander Gelman, April Greiman, Wahei Hirai, Kevin Hunter, Syd Mead, Daniel Pink, Karim Rashid, Chris Lefteri, Matthew Crawford, Stephen Burks, Stefan Sielaff, Kyle Cooper, Ezio Manzini and Min Wang.

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Nick Sousanis

Nick Sousanis is a comic artist and educator currently based in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. His 2015 book Unflattening, written entirely in comic form, argues for the importance of visual thinking as a mode of learning and has received world-wide acclaim. The Independent, Forbes, and The Irish Examiner named Unflattening as a Best Graphic Novel of 2015. Print listed it as a Best Design Book of 2015 and The New York Observer listed it as one of the year’s Ten Best Books on Innovation. It has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Paris Review, The Brooklyn Rail, Afterimage, and numerous other media outlets. His comics have appeared most recently in The Boston Globe and Nature. He has lectured at schools and symposia across the US, in Europe, and at the Microsoft Research lab. A native Detroiter, Sousanis co-founded, a webzine of the city’s art and culture scene. Sousanis hold a Doctorate of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies from Columbia University Teachers College, master’s degrees in Art and Mathematics from Wayne State University, and a BS in Mathematics from Western Michigan University.

Join Us:

Toyota Lecture on Design
Wednesday, February 17 at 6 p.m. 
CCS's Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium
Walter B. Ford II Building, Walter and Josephine Ford Campus
201 E. Kirby
Detroit, MI



Past Lecturers

Louise Fili
Hideichi Misonom
Shiro Nakamura
Alexander Gelman
April Greiman
Wahei Hirai
Kevin Hunter
Syd Mead
Daniel Pink
Karim Rashid
Chris Lefteri
Matthew Crawford
Stephen Burks
Stefan Sielaff
Ed Fella
Kyle Cooper
Ezio Manzini
Min Wang
Glenn Shrum
Tim Flattery

David Gibson
Massimo Ferragamo
Ken Walker
Stefan Sagmiester
Cynthia E. Smith
Walter Hood
Marco Susani
Leo Espinosa
Neville Page
Gordon Bruce
Chris Pullman
Matthew Crawford
Brian Connelly
Scott Robertson
Toshikatzu Koyiashi
Jon Calame
Damon Rich
James Carpenter
Aki Choklat

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