Multimedia — Feb 19, 2013
MFA CD Lecture: Harold Nelson, PhD
The MFA in Collaborative Design welcomes Harold Nelson for a talk on "Design in the Age of Design" as part of the 2012-2013 Graduate Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
Dr. Harold Nelson is a visiting scholar in the School of Computer Science at the University of Montana. He was the 2009-2010 Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Senior Lecturer in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. For over twelve years Dr. Nelson was the head of the Graduate Programs in Whole Systems Design (WSD) at Antioch University.
Co-author of The Design Way: Intentional Change in an Unpredictable World, Harold Nelson is an architect, consultant and systems scientist, Harold Nelson is president of the Advanced Design Institute. Nelson’s research interests are in the fields of complex systems design, advanced design education, deep design/critique, and advanced design postulation and axiom development. Dr. Nelson received his Ph.D., graduating with distinction, from the University of California at Berkeley.
The second edition of The Design Way is the most useful and enjoyable book on design that I have yet read. It digs very deep into the intellectual and historical foundations of design thought in order to generate practical wisdom. If only the first chapter of this book was required reading for every first-year MBA student, the business world would be a much better place. And if it was also required reading for every science and technology policy person, we would actually have useful innovation policy. Harold Nelson and Erik Stolterman have produced a genuinely great contribution.
—Roger Martin, Dean, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
Read more about Nelson’s thoughts on a life of creative practice with the recent 3 Questions with Harold Nelson.