Community Outreach & Engagement

The Toyota Lecture Series in Design

The Toyota Lecture Series 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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Upcoming Lectures

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Birgit Mager
Professor for Service Design
President of the global Service Design Network

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 
6:00 p.m.
Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, Walter B. Ford II Building

Lecture Title: Business as Un-Usual

Birgit Mager is Co-Founder and President of the International Service Design Network, publisher of Touchpoint, the international Journal of Service Design and founder and manager of sedes|research, the Center for Service Design Research at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne.

Since 1995, Mager holds the first European professorship on "Service Design" at the University of Applied Sciences Cologne, Germany and since then has developed the field of Service Design constantly in theory, methodology and in practice. Her numerous lectures, her publications and her projects have strongly supported the implementation of a new understanding of the economical, ecological and social function of design in the domain of services.

Future Lectures

Lawrence Burns
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Anderson Auditorium

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Anderson Auditorium

Eddie Opara
Partner in Charge, Creative Director

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 
Anderson Auditorium

Claude Zellweger
UX Director, Google

Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Anderson Auditorium