Workshops | Liberact V


Both workshops will be held on Friday, November 15, 2019, at 9:30–11:30am.

Sketching in Spaces: Low-Tech Prototyping for High-Tech Projects

Brett Renfer, Creative Director, Bluecadet

This workshop explores the power of low-tech, experiential rapid prototyping for the concepting and testing phases of installation design, with a focus on body- and presence-based interactions. At Bluecadet, we use a combination of role-playing exercises and paper prototypes to accelerate the design process, challenge assumptions, and give our designers—and clients—permission to fail. We have crawled on the ground with our clients, walked through museums interacting with paper phones, and have dressed up as river creatures—all in service of finding a product and process that’s fun and functional outside of the constraints of software and hardware development.

Following a case study presentation covering the “what, why, and how” of rapid prototyping, workshop participants will learn how to tackle complex problems themselves. Participants will be given a real-world design challenge to practice a compressed version of the processes we employ with our clients. Working in small groups, they will rapidly concept, build, and act out a body-based interactive experience. We will conclude with “What’s next?”—a discussion of how audience testing can bridge the path from product to prototyping, and how to leave space for iterative prototyping throughout the design process.

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Brett Renfer

About the workshop leader: An experience designer and maker, Brett Renfer specializes in creating narrative-based interactive environments is a creative director in Bluecadet’s NYC offices. Brett refined his expertise with building interactive architectural-scale installations while working with clients such as Google, Intel, and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Accolades for his work include awards from IxDA, Core77, The American Institute of Certified Planners, Fast Company, and Cannes. Brett also teaches courses on the future of interactive space as an adjunct professor at the New School’s Design and Technology program and NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), and leads workshops around the country on low- and high-tech prototyping. When he’s not designing, prototyping, or making, Brett is designing, prototyping and baking in search of the perfect sourdough loaf. He earned his B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the College for Creative Studies.

Engagement First: What We Can Learn from Museum Experiences of the Future

Christina Latina, Director of Visual Experience Design, Local Projects
Whitney Rutter, Director of Business Strategy, Local Projects

What will the most exciting experiences of the future look like? Where will they be? Who will visit them? What will go inside of them? The radical changes on view in museums and libraries today can offer a glimpse into what the museums of the future will be. Many of these strategies are being developed and explored at Local Projects, an experience design firm whose current projects include designing a new museum of language in Washington DC, the new exhibit galleries for The Folger Shakespeare Library, the renovation of the Hyde Park Barracks historic site in Sydney Australia, and the Tulsa Greenwood History Center dedicated to the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot.
In this interactive workshop, led by Local Projects’ Director of Visual Experience Design, Christina Latina and Director of Business Strategy, Whitney Rutter, you’ll hear how the interdisciplinary firm develops visitor engagement strategies, and will learn how to create your own engagement ideas using a mix of inspirational visuals, interaction ideas, and cutting-edge technologies.

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Whitney Rutter
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Christina Latina

Christina directs the Visual Experience Design team and strives to inspire innovative visual storytelling through a cross-disciplinary approach to design. At Local Projects, she has led creative for clients including IBM Watson, The National Museum of Australia, Futures Without Violence, and The Shed. In past work, she has created brand identities, branded environments and experiences, and has designed and curated exhibitions with clients such as Google, Pantone, Levi’s, Recode, The Museum of the Moving Image, Future of Storytelling and General Assembly. She holds a BFA and an MFA in design and photography, and has taught interactive design and design thinking at Pratt, Princeton and Rutgers.

Whitney Rutter is the Director of Business Strategy, developing future projects for Local Projects. She has over 15 years experience in the museum and cultural sector including previously held leadership positions at MoMA, Antenna International, and Patron Technology. In addition to her work at LP, she is the President of the Board of Directors of ArtTable, a national organization dedicated to advancing the leadership of women in the visual arts. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA from The CUNY Graduate Center.