Clever Ep. 116: Human-Centered Designer Ayse Birsel

In this episode of Clever, recorded for the WantedDesign Online Conversation Series, Amy Devers talks to industrial designer Ayse Birsel, who grew up thinking she’d become a lawyer until a revelation with a teacup enlightened her to the principles and practice of design. Always a playful soul, her essence of playfulness is an important part of her creative process – a process she’s used to design award-winning products as well as to help people design a life and work they love. Now, she shows us an optimistic way to lean into the transformative opportunities that are inherent in these challenging times.

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This episode also has a special introductory interview with Tomek Rygalik of Studio Rygalik, with support from the Polish Cultural Institute. Tune in for our LIVE Zoom conversation on Eco-Solidarity, May 21st at 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT featuring Tomek alongside Joel Towers of Parsons School of Design, and Caroline Rubio-MacWright of Touching Land. Register here.

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