Tue, Mar 7th, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Rob Giampietro: Insights Design Lecture Series

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Insights is a design lecture series for progressive creatives. A unique collaboration between the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota, the series embraces the unexpected to present diverse, exploratory, and contemporary lecturers.

Featuring perspectives from around the world, Insights avoids TED-style talks and portfolio presentations in favor of giving voice to adventurous design thinkers and makers. These designers often pose challenges and push the edges of their profession, in turn inspiring us to identify new perspectives in our own work.

Rob Giampietro is the Creative Lead and Design Manager at Google Design as well as a designer, writer, and professor.

What can interaction designers learn from a stonecutter? How can design be understood as an act of translation? How might the Sapir Whorf hypothesis apply to content management systems? When must we learn to unbuild, instead of building? Designer and writer Rob Giampietro lives these questions, consistently drawing connections between disparate design fields over the course of his diverse career. In his current position as creative lead and design manager for Google (New York), Giampietro’s mission is to infuse an appreciation for design into Google’s culture, and by extension, the company’s billions of users. He and his team are responsible for communicating major Google design initiatives, such as Material Design (Google’s expansive interface program, inspired by tangible interactions with paper, light, layering, and movement) and Google Fonts (their open-source collection of digital typefaces). Before joining Google, Giampietro spent much of his career inhabiting the art and culture sectors, designing for cultural institutions, and writing about design in both pragmatic and esoteric ways, often commissioned by independent visual culture journals such as Dot Dot Dot, Mousse Magazine, and Kaleidoscope. From 2010 through 2015, Rob was a Principal partner at renowned New York design studio Project Projects where he headed up many of their interactive initiatives; and between 2003 and 2008, he led his own firm, Giampietro+Smith, creating work for clients such as Knoll, Target, and others. For his Insights lecture, Giampietro will give us a glimpse into his idiosyncratic synthesis of design ideologies while offering a look into the evolving design culture at Google.



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Post-Lecture Reception

Directly following each lecture, meet the lecturer and chat with fellow design lovers in the Walker’s new Bazinet Main Lobby.

Watch Anywhere: Insights Viewing Parties

Every Insights lecture will be webcast free and in real time on Facebook Live. If you can’t make it in person, have an Insights Viewing Party. Grab a group of friends and send in your questions for the speakers via Twitter (#Insights17). Download our 2017 Insights Viewing Party Kit to get started!

About the Insights Lecture Series

For over three decades, the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota have co-presented the Insights Design Lecture Series and brought the world’s most adventurous design thinkers and makers to the Twin Cities. In 2017, we’ll take you inside the creative team of one of the world’s largest tech companies, through the looking glass with a color-blind illustrator, past the hand-painted signs on the streets of Manila, and behind the scenes at one of world’s most anarchic mainstream brands. Redefine your understanding of graphic design, dive into the thinking behind the work, then hang out after the lectures to meet the lecturers, grab a drink, and chat with your fellow design lovers. The 2017 series features a lineup of pioneering speakers:

  • Rob Giampietro Tuesday, March 7
  • Andy Rementer Tuesday, March 14
  • Office of Culture and Design (Clara Balaguer and Kristian Henson) Tuesday, March 21
  • Richard Turley Tuesday, March 28

Past lectures are archived at channel.walkerart.org.

Insights Flashbacks

Daniel Eatock at the 2007 Insights Lecture Series presented by the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota Chip Kidd at the 2006 Insights Lecture Series presented by the Walker Art Center and AIGA Minnesota


Designer Daniel Eatock joined us from London, sharing his systematic but not necessarily dogmatic approach to conceptually solving traditional client problems: Say YES to fun and function, say NO to seductive imagery and colour! Video »


Writer and graphic designer Chip Kidd joined us just after the publication of his monograph Chip Kidd: Book One by Rizzoli International and during his rise to global recognition for spawning a revolution in the art of American Book Packaging. Video »

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