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Professor Gillian Crampton Smith
Director, Interaction Design Institute Ivrea

Tuesday, April 30, 2002, 3:00 PM EST

Bartos Theatre, MIT Media Lab (E15)

Aesthetics + Computation group

Having studied philosophy and the history of art at Cambridge University, Gillian Crampton Smith graduated in 1968 and spent the following decade as a graphic designer, first in book publishing, then at the Sunday Times and Times Literary Supplement.

In 1981, she designed and implemented a page layout program to help her with magazine design as an early desktop publishing application. This experience convinced her that artists and designers have an important role to play in creating information technologies.

She joined the St. Martin's School of Art in 1983 where she set up a new postgraduate course in graphic design and computers for practicing designers. In 1989 she moved to the Royal College of Art (the UK's only purely graduate school of art and design). At the RCA, she established the Computer Related Design Department, where artists and designers apply their traditional skills to interactive products and systems. Under her guidance, the CRD Research Studio achieved an international reputation as a leading centre for interaction design, supported by a wide range of industrial sponsors.

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