Democratizing design

Bridging the gap between experts and everyday makers


With new technology and tools leveling the design playing field, the traditional boundaries between professional and amateur are blurring. Tools and software are becoming more user-friendly and accessible, new materials are popping up, and DIY-ers are paving the way for customization and community-driven innovation. The rise of democratized design begs the question - can design belong to everyone? 


Vincent Valderrama, Engineering Director, and John Anderson, Partner & Executive Technology Director, will welcome Brett Andler, Co-Founder of Sygma, Dan Connors, Product Engineering Manager at Casper, and Christina Perla, Co-Founder and CEO of MakeLab for a conversation about the potential and pitfalls of democratizing design.


Tuesday, February 20



5:30 PM - Doors open

6:00 - 7:15 PM - Panel discussion

7:15 - 8:00 PM - Networking


Smart Design

4th Street & Morris Ave
Building 127, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn Navy Yard
Brooklyn, NY 11205