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Toyota Lecture Series, Art and Design Symposium 

March 31 @ 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm

College for Creative Studies – Taubman Center 460 West Baltimore Street Detroit, MI 48202 – 11th Floor – GM Auditorium

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Please join us for inspiring and stimulating presentations led by several influential leaders from user experience, motion graphics, branding and game development fields.  Additionally, prominent creative professionals will participate in a panel discussion about the future impact of emerging technologies such as AR, VR, CGI and other digital tools across many sectors of business and education.


3:30 pm – 6:30 pm

  1. 30 Minutes – Keynote Speaker
  2. 30 Minutes – Fireside Chat
  3. 30 Minute – Keynote Speaker
  4. 15 Minute – Break
  5. 60-Minute Panel – Emerging Technologies, Stories, and Strategies – Panel Discussion
  6. 30 Minutes- Keynote Speaker

6:30 – 8:00 – Networking Reception *We encourage all guests to view student work from BFA Communication Design, BFA Entertainment Arts, BFA Illustration, BFA Photography, MFA Systems Design Thinking and MFA User Experience Design, with select students from BFA Advertising on the 8th and 11th floor of the Taubman Center while enjoying refreshments provided by CCS.

Keynote Speakers:

Damarcus Holbrook (’02 Animation & Digital Media), Associate World Director, at Blizzard Entertainment
Hakha Mashayekhi (’15 MFA Integrated Design) Product Design Manager, Warner Bros. Discovery
Kelli Miller (’00 Communication Design) Partner, Director, and Executive Creative Director at And/Or Studio

Fireside Chat:

Matt Chung,(’09 Photography) Associate Director, Strategic Partnerships and Programs, CCS
Brian Day, Photographer

Emerging Technologies, Stories, and Strategies – Panel Discussion

In recent years, technological advancements have rapidly increased, changing the process and practice of creating media across many disciplines, as well as the avenues and opportunities for storytellers. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, Motion Capture, and Virtual Production alongside advancements made in VFX, CGI and other tools has made media creation both more and less complex simultaneously. This panel will focus on the process of integrating emerging technologies into production pipelines in the pursuit of creating work that transcends the toolset and connects with audiences. Panelists will discuss what is needed to be successful in this quickly evolving multi-media landscape as well as the need for cross-disciplinary approaches in identifiable fields such as Animation, Film, Photography, Illustration, Game and others.

Moderator – Danielle Lyle
Heiko Wenczel, Director, UE Business, HMI & Automotive, Epic Games
Toby Watson , (’07 Animation & Digital Media) Matchmove/ Layout Supervisor, Crafty Apes ATL
Woo Park – Director, Marketing – Great Lakes Region / Festivals at AEG Presents
Jody Medich, (’98 Graphic Communication – Illustration) Chief Product Officer

Directions & Parking:

CCS Taubman Center460 W. Baltimore Detroit, MI 48202 Free parking is available in CCS’s secure Woodward lot next to the Taubman Center (corner of Woodward and W. Baltimore.) After parking, cross Cass Avenue to the Taubman Center and enter through the east doors, signs will direct you to the event space on the 11th floor for check-in. The Toyota Lecture Series was established through a generous $1 million endowment gift to the College for Creative Studies from Toyota Motor Corporation. The endowment is used to bring prominent designers and scholars in all fields of design to speak at CCS. logo, toyota