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Carl Alviani Lecture

Feb 3 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM


Bison Building / MFA AC+D Studios

free + open to public


421 NE 10th Ave.
Portland, OR, 97232   [map]

Carl Alviani / Co-Sponsor: OCAC Professional Practices

I’m a writer, editor and researcher, living and working in Portland, Oregon since 2006. My undergraduate training is in Structural Engineering (I got a BS from UC San Diego in 1994), and I received my Masters in ID from the Pratt Institute in 2004, writing my thesis on the emotional effects of technology in presentation settings. In between, I spent three years in East Africa as a Peace Corps Volunteer, and three more in New York City teaching high school science. I can honestly say that teaching is the most useful skill set I’ve ever learned. Work My freelance Industrial Design and design writing careers both began in the summer of 2004: the former with a custom furniture building project for Barneys New York, and the latter with a feature article onCore77 about the lack of a coherent identity in American furniture design. From 2004 to 2009 I contributed as a designer to 30 or so different projects, including outdoor equipment, remote controls, toys, metal detectors and massive sculptures based on computer simulations of the expansion of the universe. My involvement ranged from small contributions of 3D CAD modeling (primarily in SolidWorks and Pro/Engineer), user and market research, and sketch development, to long-term project leadership and fully-detailed tooling design. I began contributing regularly to Core77 in June of 2007, took over their Creative Seeds design employment blog in October of that year, and assumed a full-time position as Coroflot editorial director in November of 2008. My responsibilities eventually included community management, social media engagement, and content strategy. Since early 2010 I’ve worked full time as a design writer, editor and researcher in Portland, first as a staff writer and content strategist at design agency Ziba, then as a freelancer. In addition to my own writing, I work with creative agencies (Bresslergroup, Ziba), Fortune 100 companies (Microsoft, Intel) and design schools (CIID) to help them get their messages out to the world, through written text, video, interactive media and in-person teaching.