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 Lecture

Michal Makarewicz

Michal Makarewicz
Animator, Pixar Animation Studios

Saturday, February 15, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Wendell W. Anderson Jr. Auditorium, Walter B. Ford II Building

Animation Demo and Lecture Masterclass

Michal is an Annie-Award Winning 17 year Veteran Animator at Pixar Studios. In addition to his work at Pixar, Michal has been teaching animation since 2005. He has contributed lectures as well as taught classes at the online school Animation Mentor, AnimSchool, California College of the Arts, and the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He has a scholarship in his name for the Vancouver Film School. Michal has also been a contributing mentor to the Pixar internship program. Michal owns and operates The Animation Collaborative, a brick and mortar school located in Emeryville, CA.

Future Lectures

Eddie Opara
Graphic Designer
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
6:00 p.m. 
Anderson Auditorium

Claude Zellweger
Director of Design, Google
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
6:00 p.m.
Anderson Auditorium