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Brandstand brings together several luminary speakers from diverse backgrounds to discuss and examine the pervasive nature of technology and its implication for our society. This debate will investigate the question: Are we customers, products, or pawns to tech companies today?

On: December 7, 2018 

From: 7 - 9 pm EST

At: SVA Theatre, 333 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

Presented by: School of Visual Arts Masters in Branding Alumni Network

 
 
 
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The alumni of the School of Visual Arts Masters in Branding program organize a free, annual public event called "Brandstand." Each year we put a timely topic on ‘the stand’ to dissect, debate, and discuss. This year’s topic is the pervasive nature of technology and its implication for our society.

Through a series of talks and panel discussions, we will explore distinct perspectives on technology and its effects on our culture, our lives, and on the practice of branding. Expect a rapid fire set of cultural, creative, and economic opinions designed to provoke discussion and debate.

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Speakers

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Ian Bogost

Author, Contributing Editor at The Atlantic, Game Designer, and Professor of media studies and computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology
@ibogost

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Emerson T. Brooking

Expert on social media and conflict. Co-Author of Like War: The Weaponization of Social Media
@etbrooking

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Cynthia Pratomo

Creative Director/Design Coach at Wolff Olins, New York City
@pratomo

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Debbie Millman

Writer, Artist, Educator, Brand Consultant and the Host of Design Matters podcast
@debbiemillman


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Anthony Ha

Senior Writer at TechCrunch covering media and advertising, Co-host of the Original Content podcast
@anthonyha

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Mike Murphy

Deputy Technology Editor at Quartz. He focuses on machines with brains, and consumer electronics
@mcwm

Previous Brandstands

 
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2017: America

We examined the radical shifts in the meaning of America: the brand. Freedom, determination, inclusivity, opportunity… Our distinguished speakers debated the question: what does America stand for today?

Speakers

  • Charles Blow, Author and New York Times Op-Ed columnist

  • Paola Mendoza, Filmmaker and Artistic Director of the Women's March

  • Derek Thompson, Author of Hit Makers and Senior Editor at The Atlantic

  • Jim Johnson, Attorney and Activist

  • Brian Collins, Designer, Writer, and Founder of COLLINS

  • Debbie Millman, Writer, Artist, and Host of Design Matters

 

2016: Politics

Our first annual Brandstand put political branding on ‘the stand’ to dissect, debate, and discuss. Through a mix of creative, political and cultural points of view, Brandstand examined the increasingly integral role branding plays in political campaigns.

Speakers

  • Seth Godin, Author and Entrepreneur

  • Susan Milligan, Political Reporter

  • Ashleigh Axios, AIGA National Board Member

  • Steven Heller, Design Historian, Author and Co-chair SVA MFA Design

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The SVA Masters in Branding graduate program is the first of its kind in the world.

Program Alumni work in diverse roles across a range of industries and companies from startups to agencies to global corporations.

Brandstand is launched by alumni that span the first nine years of the program.