Social Media/Design for Collaborative Consumption

Submitted by ub on Thu, 02/09/2012 - 10:50

WHEN: Monday, February 13, 6:30 to 8:00 pm

WHERE: NYIT Auditorium, 1871 Broadway (b'twn 61st and 62nd Sts.)

RSVP:,, 212.686.5005

During the last few decades of the 20th Century (and well into the 21st) we've indulged in a frenzy of hyper-consumerism, caught up in a cycle of buy, use (or not), and toss. We're told it's our civic duty to replace what we have with the "newer, trendier, better" to support the economy. But this unsustainable design principle -- "planned obsolescence" -- only results in a vast overflow of junk that ends up in landfills the world over.

Hear from leading innovators and top designers in the avant-garde of a new design for collaborative consumption, which includes sharing services, space, tools, tech equipment, and so much more. And learn how Social Media is enhancing the movement towards living more sensible, responsible, and ultimately, more fulfilling lives.

Deroy Peraza is a founding partner, and creative director, at Hyperakt. He loves juggling vastly different projects, such as data visualizations, brand identities, website interfaces and inventing products such as His role at Hyperakt is to provide creative and visionary leadership and mentorship for the Hyperaktivisits, as well as being a hands on designer. Deroy taught at Parsons School of Design for four years and regularly speaks about design.

Khoi Vinh is the co-founder and CEO of Mixel, the world's first social collage app, based in New York City. Its goal is to provide an unprecedentedly easy creative outlet to millions of people around the world who believe (mistakenly) that they have no artistic talent. Vinh was recently named one of "The 50 Most Influential Designers in America" by Fast Company. He is the former design director at NY, where he led the in-house design team for five years. Since 2000, he has published his thoughts on design, technology and culture at the widely read blog

Tom Nicholson is the CEO/President of Nicholson NY, dedicated to the next generation of computing, the post-PC era, where digital media and social connectivity move off the desktop and into the physical world. Mobile devices of unprecedented power and flexibility are changing the way we shop, play, socialize and consume media. Nicholson NY's missions is to help business leaders and marketer leverage these trends to provide better products and services and differentiate their brands in the market.

Moderator, Danny Alexander is a designer, strategist, an entrepreneur and explorer. He's the Chief of Product Design at Liga Masiva and runs design strategy for Who Gives a Crap. Danny is on the faculty of SVA's forthcoming MFA program Design for Social Innovation, and sits on the Board of Advisors for Design Impact. Previously he founded Black and Blue Design in Argentina and served as Shapeshifter for Method in San Francisco. You can find his work and musings on his website,