MEDEA has launched an Entrepreneur in Residence Program. The idea is to bring exciting skills to the environment for a short period. The program seeks entrepreneurs highly skilled in working with new media and new innovation models. Each year one entrepreneur will be selected. Jon Kolko, an Associate Creative Director at the global innovation firm Frog design has been selected for the position 2010 and will be at MEDEA during May.
More about JON KOLKO
Jon Kolko is an Associate Creative Director at Frog design, a global innovation firm. He has extensive experience in the professional world of interaction design, working within complicated technological constraints in order to best solve the problems of Fortune 500 clients. His work has extended into the domains of consumer electronics, mobility, supply chain management, demand planning, and customer-relationship management, and he has worked with clients such as AT&T, HP, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Ford, IBM, Palm and other leaders of the Global 2000. The underlying theme of these problems and projects was the creation of solutions that are useful, usable, and desirable.
Kolko is also the Director of Austin Center for Design, a new educational institution in Austin, Texas. Prior to working at Frog, Jon was a Professor of Interaction and Industrial Design at the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he was instrumental in shaping the Interaction and Industrial Design programs. He is the author of the text Thoughts on Interaction Design published by Morgan Kaufmann, and the author of the forthcoming text Exposing the Magic of Design: A Practitioner’s Guide to the Methods and Theory of Synthesis, to be published by Oxford University Press. Jon also sits on the Board of Directors for the Interaction Design Association, or IxDA.
Jon’s present research investigates the process and methods of design, with a focus on Design Synthesis and the creation of meaning in culture. Jon’s specifically interested in issues of abductive reasoning, framing, sensemaking, visualization, and informal data modelling.
His focus while at Medea will be on methods of design synthesis and examining the societal aspects of design solutions. That is, he is most interested in examining the ways the students approach complicated problems, such as those that have massive societal impact. Jon will also give a Medea Talk on the 7th of May. He will also hold a weekly discussion series, intended to explore the role of design synthesis in the context of complex problems.