Last night I had the great honor to debate at Designers Debate Club. The motion debated was “Formal design education is necessary for practicing designers.”
On my team, debating against the motion, was Tumblr’s Peter Vidani and Huge’s Kate Proulx. On the team debating for the motion was the lovely Alice Twemlow of SVA’s DCrit, Pentagram partner J. Abbott Miller, and Founding Partner & Principal at Mucca Design Matteo Bologna. Moderating it all was Scott Stowell, Proprietor of Open & instructor at Yale and SVA. Scott is also a RISD grad, and I got to see him speak in 2004 when I was attending there, although he has no recollection of this.
I hate to report that my team lost the debate, but it is true. I’m sorry. I just hope it wasn’t because I spoke in a phony accent for my opening argument or that I argued what I called the Three D’s: Curiosity, Devotion and Dedication. It was all from the heart, I swear.
It was all in good fun, and I hope that I could be invited back for another one. Thanks to Keenan and Jon for the invitation If you get the chance, do go to one of the next debates, I’m sure it’ll be worth it.
Thanks to Julia for taking photos from the audience, as well as the one of all of us strangling each other.