Sustainable by Design: A Materials Wake -Up Call

Can industrial designers actually make a difference when it comes to climate change and the overall health of our planet?

Dan Harden, Whipsaw CEO and Principal Designer will lead a crucial debate on the current state of sustainability in design and how we can do better. The panel includes Jonsara Ruth, Design Director at the Healthy Materials Lab and Associate Professor of Interior Design at Parsons School of Design, and Rico Ruffino, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Industrial and Product Design at North Carolina State University.

The three will examine how we can incorporate greener practices into each phase of the design process by uncovering the top sustainable practices to ensure a cradle to cradle product life cycle and, in effect, curb climate change, including:

  • Strategies to streamline the ideation process
  • Tips on being more selective in partnerships with clients and manufacturers
  • How to use healthy and sustainable materials during the development and packaging phases
  • Whether a circular economy is possible and how we can get there



Tuesday, March 29th

5:00pm – 6:00pm PST



Dan Harden, Whipsaw

Jonsara Ruth, Healthy Materials Lab, Parsons School of Design, The New School

Rico Ruffino, North Carolina State University