Join us for an upcoming Open House. At the open house you will meet an IPD faculty member, current IPD students, tour the IPD studio & labs and more.

Future Dates
November 8, 2018, 4:30 PM
January 17, 2019, 4:30 PM

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IPD Movie night: Startup Generation

Startup Generation, April 27, 2017, Towne Building, Room 337

iDesign Prize Final Pitches

Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6 – 9:00 PM, Kleinman Center for Energy Policy, Fisher Fine Arts Building

IPD Seminar, Bill Burnett: Designing Your Life

Wednesday March 29, 6:30 – 8 PM, LOWER GALLERY, MEYERSON HALL, 210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

IPD Seminar: Daniel Gomez Seidel, Design Strategist at Capital One

March 13, 2017, 6:30 – 7:30, Levin Hall, Room 307

The Intersection of Law and Design: An Introduction to Design Patents

Integrated Product Design and the Detkin IP and Technology Legal Clinic
invite you to
The Intersection of Law and Design:
An Introduction to Design Patents
with Peter Bressler, Adjunct Associate Professor, Integrated
Product Design and James Aquilina, Esq, Partner, Design IP
Monday, November 21, 2016, 6:15 PM
Raisler Lounge, Towne 255 220 S. 33rd St
University of Pennsylvania

Dinner will be served.
Sponsored by the Center for Technology Innovation and Competition


iDesign Seminar Series: Human-Centered Design Research

IPD is pleased to announce the first iDesign Seminar, with Amy Schwartz.


IPD Seminar: Summer Internship Stories

9/12, 7:30 PM, Towne Building, Room 337
Presenters: Senior IPD Students

The Great Innovation Debate!

Thursday October 13th: 6:00PM – 9:00PM
Bresslergroup, DMI, and Penn IPD invite you to a dmi:NightOut to watch two teams of industry professionals take sides in this Great Innovation Debate. The audience decides the winner!
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Join us for an upcoming Open House. At the open house you will meet an IPD faculty member, current IPD students, tour the IPD studio & labs and more.

Future Dates
November 3, 2016, 4:00 PM
December 15, 2016, 4:00 PM
January 19, 2017, 4:00 PM

iDesign Prize Final Elimination Round


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Entrepreneurs from across Penn compete for $50,000!

5 Health & Wellness Innovations
Final Elimination Round
Monday, April 25, 6:30pm

Meyerson Hall, Upper Gallery
210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia
Includes Food, Drink & Face Time with Investors and Entrepreneurs
Peter Gebhard, Feini Qu, Brendan Stoecki, Laura Taddie
Monica Butler, Alicia Siman, Yichen Huang
Clementine Gilbert, Sujay Suresh, Adriana Vazquez, Allie Looney

Jake Brenner, Chris Polster, Perry Dubin, Mike Sims
Divyansh Agarwal, Lindsey Fernandez, Dr. Harvey M. Friedman, Sonya Davey, Alex Kubo, Dr. Mark Yim

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Pictured: 2015 iDesign Prize finalists
Presented by the Integrated Product Design Program at Penn

The University of Pennsylvania School of Design presents the 2016 Integrated Product Design Lecture: PHIL GILBERT General Manager, IBM Design

Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery
210 South 34th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

As General Manager of IBM Design, Phil Gilbert sets the strategy for and leads the transformation of product design at IBM. Previously, Phil led the Business Process Management segment for IBM, where he drove the simplification of its portfolio and the ease-of-use of its products. Phil is a recognized leader in the technology industry and holds multiple patents. In addition to leading three successful start-ups, he is a respected thought leader who regularly shares his expertise on topics of portfolio and software design, design governance, strategy and culture with clients and organizations around the world.

Sponsored by the Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer IPD Lecture Fund

From Brooklyn Lumberjacks to Portland Lactivists: Decoding Culture to Drive Innovation

Please join us at the next IPD seminar, on 3/21 at 6:30 in Levine hall, room 307 for guest speaker Kat Lam, Founding Partner at Fathom + Hatch. 0610037_05_1077

IPD Seminar: Innovating Home Automation

11/3, 6:30 PM, Speakers: Erica Clymer, Ben Bard & Bryan Barnes, Levine Hall, Room 307


Join us for an upcoming Open House. At the open house you will meet an IPD faculty member, current IPD students, tour the IPD studio & labs and more.

Upcoming Dates
December 3, 2015, 4:00 PM
January 14, 2016, 4:00 PM

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IPD & Philadelphia University Joint Seminar: Philadelphia Industrial Design Alumni Pecha Kucha

10/8 (at Philadelphia University), More Info

IPD Seminar: Internship Showcase

9/21, 7 PM, Towne Building, Room 337

IPD Final Project Presentations

May 5, 2015
6-8 PM
Singh Center, Glandt Forum

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IPD Seminar

2/723, 6 PM, Diane Stover-Hopkins, “Great Experiences Don’t Just Happen…Co-creating Exceptional Experiences for Customers”

Diane Stover-Hopkins

Open House

Future Dates to be added soon.

Join us for an upcoming Open House. At the open house you will meet an IPD faculty member, current IPD students, tour the IPD studio & labs and more.

Past Dates
-January 16, 2015, 4:00 PM
-December 4, 2014, 4:00 PM
-November 6, 2014, 4:00 PM
-October 3, 2014, 10:00 AM
-September 11, 2014, 4:00 PM

Designing the Internet of Things

IPD and xLAB faculty will be discussing Designing the Internet of Things as a part of Design Philadelphia 2014.

Please join us!
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IPD faculty introducing xLab at Penn Science Cafe on Aug 12
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Carla Diana, lecturer, PennDesign, Rahul Mangharam, assistant professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, Sarah Rottenberg, lecturer, PennDesign and Orkan Telhan, assistant professor, PennDesign are members of the newly formed xLAB.

The will show off some of the interdisciplinary projects they are working on. The collaboration between Engineering and Design uses the “Internet of things” to devise and deliver richer and more interactive entertainment experiences.

IPD Seminar


Join us on Monday, March 24th at 6:30pm in Meyerson Hall for the 2014 Lisa Roberts & David Seltzer Integrated Product Design Lecture.
Since 2002, Dror Benshetrit has developed an interdisciplinary practice specializing in innovative design projects. His approach to design has shown breadth and depth through the completion of projects varying in scales and nature. His portfolio encompasses product design, architecture projects, interior design and art direction. He explores the nature of movement, space and forms and shares with us the transformative power of design through each of his creations. Based in New York, he works with clients around the world; including Alessi, Bentley, Boffi, Bombay Sapphire, Cappellini, Kiehl’s, Levi’s, Lualdi, Material ConneXion, Maya Romanoff, Marithé + François Girbaud, Puma, Rosenthal, Skins Footwear, Yigal Azrouël, Shvo, Swarovski, and Target.

Dror has lectured around the world and received numerous design awards including the GE Plastics Competition “Merging Boundaries” (2001), iF Product Design Award (2006), the Good Design Award (2008, 2010), and the Red Dot Award (2012). He has gained international media exposure, and has been widely exhibited. His work is included in the permanent collections of major museums in North America, Europe and the Middle East.

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IPD Seminar: “How to NOT build a Terminator”

Monday, February 10, 2014
2 PM, Berger Auditorium, Skirkanich Hall
Ronald C. Arkin
Regents’ Professor & Director of the Mobile Robot Laboratory
Associate Dean for Research & Space Planning
College of Computing
Georgia Institute of Technology

Abstract: Given the present pace, direction, and funding of humanoid technological development, it seems that the science fiction vision of a Terminator robot is becoming more and more of a potential reality.  Many researchers, perhaps unknowingly or unwittingly, are providing the capabilities to achieve such a platform, i.e., perhaps answering the question of “how to build a terminator”.  This talk focuses on the ethical questions surrounding the potential creation of robotic platforms with lethal autonomy, striving to answer the question of “how to NOT build a Terminator”), perhaps by either avoiding or restraining the use of lethal force when (not if) this capability is achieved. Several options are presented that range from complete relinquishment of robotics research (Bill Joy and the Unabomber), to a moratorium (advocated by the United Nations Special Rapporteur to the U.N. Human Rights Council), to banning of such capability (advocated by Human Rights Watch and ICRA! C), to directly governing the behavior of lethal robots in a manner consistent with international Humanitarian Law (research in the Georgia Tech Mobile Robot Laboratory).

Biosketch:    Ronald C. Arkin is Regents’ Professor and Associate Dean for Research in the College of Computing at Georgia Tech. He served as STINT visiting Professor at KTH in Stockholm, Sabbatical Chair at the Sony IDL in Tokyo, and the Robotics and AI Group at LAAS/CNRS in Toulouse. Dr. Arkin’s research interests include behavior-based control and action-oriented perception for mobile robots and UAVs, hybrid deliberative/reactive architectures, robot survivability, multiagent robotics, biorobotics, human-robot interaction, robot ethics, and learning in autonomous systems.  Prof. Arkin served on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology, the IEEE RAS AdCom, andis  a founding co-chair of IEEE RAS TC on Robot Ethics. He is a Distinguished Lecturer for the IEEE Society on Social Implications of Technology and a Fellow of the IEEE.


IPD Open House

Join us for an upcoming Open House. At the open house you will meet an IPD faculty member, current IPD students, tour the IPD studio & labs and more.


Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4:00 PM

Little Prince: the Music of the Planets

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Award-winning jazz musician Grace Kelly together with Penn faculty Simon Kim (PennDesign/Immersive Kinematics), and Mark Yim (SEAS/GRASP/Modlab) will present a performance combining robotic instruments with jazz musicians and video projections.

The instruments are created by students taking IPD516:Advanced Mechatronics for Reactive Spaces. They will perform an original piece written by Grace Kelly inspired by The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

“Grace Kelly is a unique and genuine talent.” – Keith Lockhart “Grace Kelly plays with intelligence, wit and feeling. She has a great amount of natural ability and the ability to adapt.” – Wynton Marsalis

Friday, December 13, 2013, 6:00 PM
Glandt Forum, Singh Center for Nanotechnology

Design Philly Event

Philadelphia Premiere Screening of Design & Thinking

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 7:00 PM

Towne Room 100, Heilmeier Hall

IPD Seminar

Integrated Product Design will be telling their story of their trip to Ghana to help revamp the brand of a non-profit bamboo bicycle company. Students will explain what they learned from working with entrepreneurs in a developing nation in terms of engineering, business, and design. Ghanna Blog.

Yoshi Araki, Anna Couturier and Yilin Lu, IPD Students

11/1/2013, 3:00 PM
Towne Building, Room 337

IPD Seminar

“Now do the same thing, but opposite.”

Dan Formosa, Ph.D., Designer

11/11/2013, 6:00 PM
Towne Building, Room 337


Movie Screening: Design & Thinking 
(This event is only open to IPD students.)

Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6:00 PM
Towne Building, Room 337

The Color Revolution: 
The Story of How Color Became a Tool for American Designers

Professor Regina Lee Blaszczyk
Chair in the History of Business and Society
School of History, University of Leeds, UK
Monday, April 8, 2013, 6:00 PM
Towne Building, Room 337

Ayse Birsel & Bibi Seck, Principals, Birsel +Seck


Monday, March 11, 2013, 6:00 PM
PennDesign, Meyerson Hall, Lower Gallery (Registration Required)

IPD Final Project Presentations

YourStory: Amy Bennett, David Nath & Teresa Petulla
CheckMate: Geoff Johnson
Good Adherence: Carolina Garzon & Sooyoung Cho
Redesigning the Museum Experience: Patrick Brandon & Tiantian Zhang

Team Extreme: John Hunchnar, Ben Harmmer & Ken Liew
Waste No More: Harris Romanoff

Wednesday, December 19, 2012, 3:00 PM
Towne Building, Room 337

“Designing the Corporation: B Corp and Benefit Corp”

Heather Van Dusen, Senior Associate at B Lab

Bio: Heather Van Dusen is a Senior Associate at B Lab, the nonprofit that certifies and supports B Corporations and that facilitates the passage of benefit corporation legislation.  Heather has been a part of the B Lab team since its launch in 2007, and has led B Lab’s initiative to help companies elect the newly available benefit corporation status.  Born and raised in the Philadelphia suburbs, she has worked with local environmental and community advocacy groups such as PennEnvironment and CeaseFirePa.  Ms. Van Dusen graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in religion from Amherst College, and currently resides in Philadelphia.

Monday, November 26, 2012, 6:00 PM
Towne Building, Room 337


Join us for an upcoming Open House. At the open house you will meet an IPD faculty member, current IPD students, tour the IPD studio & labs and more.
Friday, December 7, 2012, 10:30-12:00 noon
Thursday, January 17, 2013, 4:00-5:30 PM

Ethics Of Building On Community

11/2/2012, 1:35 PM
Levine Hall, Room 307

“Enchanted Objects: interaction design with the internet of things.”

David Rose, Visiting Scientist, MIT Media Lab
11/2/2012, 11:00 – 12:00 Noon

Towne Building, Room 337

PennDesign Open House

At 2 PM on 10/29 in Meyerson Hall, Room B5, Sarah Rottenberg, Associate Director, Integrated Product Design will give a brief presentation on IPD and then be available to answer your questions.

10/29/2011, 8:30 AM – 7:00 PM
Meyerson Hall

Product Design/Research: Ethical Dilemmas in Complex Design Problems

Charles L Mauro, CHFP is President of MauroNewMedia

10/15/2012, 6:00 PM

Towne Building, Room 337

Abstract: Technology is rapidly becoming critically integrated into the daily lives of the world’s expanding population. The role of product design/research in this new world order is to produce solutions that balance the personal needs of those who use such technology with essential financial objectives of those who develop these robust new technologies. In the process of achieving such a balance there are a multitude of complex decisions to be made which lend themselves to a range of formal and informal decision models encompassing the management and social sciences. Embedded in complex product design decision-making are issues with direct ethical, societal and business implications. This talk presents four complex product design/research case studies from major industry sectors including healthcare, financial services, consumer products and internet-based social networks. These real-world case studies catalog the critical role of product design/research and discuss compelling ethical issues which impact the solutions to complex business problems. Finally, we provide 
a framework for identifying ethical dilemmas in product design/research and suggest a model for addressing such problems in the future.

Bio: Charles L Mauro, CHFP is President of MauroNewMedia, a New York-based consulting firm specializing in usability engineering and user interface design, founded in 1975. Over his 35 year career, Charles has been retained by many leading corporations and startups covering a wide range of industry sectors, including financial services, consumer products, industrial systems, and military applications. He holds numerous US and international patents covering UX and product design. He has been responsible for complex UX design solutions currently running on major world markets. Charles is the Chairman of the Design Protection Section of the Industrial Designers Society of America and is the IDSA liaison to the USPTO for Design Day 2011-12. He has lectured on UX design and usability at MIT, Stanford University and other leading educational institutions. Charles has been retained as an expert witness in over 50 major cases representing leading high technology companies covering UX and product design patent litigation. He has received awards and citations from the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, Association of Computing Machines and, NASA. He has been quoted in Science, New York Times, BusinessWeek, Wall Street Journal. He writes on UX related trends on the blog Pulse>UX. He has a BS in Industrial Design from The Los Angeles Art Center College of Design and a Masters Degree in Ergonomics and Biomechanics from NYU. Mr. Mauro is also the founder and leader of the NYTECH event series “Designing the User Experience”.


BILL MOGGRIDGE, Director, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum 

Sponsor: Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer/ Integrated Product Design Lecture Series


3/26/2012, 6:00 PM
Meyerson Galleries

“Design is about people, not things”

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Davin Stowell, Smart Design

Everyday we’re presented with a thousand options for the simplest of choices. From cell phones and electronics to housewares and apparel, people are bombarded by new products and brands like never before. Davin Stowell, founder and CEO of Smart Design will talk about how design can help companies build deep and long lasting relationships with their customers with products that make a difference in peoples lives.

2/13/2012, 6:00 PM
Towne Building, Room 337

Allan Chochinov, Editor-in-Chief, Core77

He will speak about his experiences with Core, his work with School of Visual Arts, NYC and touching on the ethical responsibilities of designers.

1/23/2012, 6:00 PM
Towne Building, Room 337

The ethics of innovation in medicine–limb and face transplants.

Dr. Arthur Caplan, Emanuel and Robert Hart Director, Center for Bioethics, Professor of Medical Ethics, Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine , University of Pennsylvania

11/21/2011, 6:00 PM
Berger Auditorium, Skirkanich Hall

IPD in South Africa: A seminar in ethics in product design

“SKEG Product Development” & “The Emerging Craft Economy in Cape Town, South Africa”
Ding Liu, IPD Alumni
Evan Litvin, IPD Student
Lea Oxenhandler, IPD Student
Eric De Feo, IPD Student
Jon Wilson, IPD Student

10/4/2011, 7:30 PM
Levine Hall, Room 307


Robert Rabinovitz, Parsons, The New School for Design

“Design Research”

Katrin Mueller-Russo, President, Specific Objects, Pratt Institute Parsons, The New School for Design, University of Pennsylvania

“Developing Successful New Products”

Sarah Rottenberg, Lecturer, Department of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, University of Pennsylvania, Directing Associate, Jump Associates LLC

IPD Final Project Presentations

SustainablyFun: Philip Tribe
Tetra Lamp: Ding Liu
Domestic Greywater System: Gabrielle Pettinelli
Point of Use Drinking Water Treatment In Developing Nations: Jon Wilson
InTouch: Sal DiPaolo, Tina Moore & John Zox

“Ecology, Technology, and Design.”

April 5: William Braham is Interim Chair of the Department of Architecture and Director of the Master of Environmental Building Design. He will speak about “Ecology, Technology, and Design.”

“Sustainability and Design.”

Karl T. Ulrich, PhD, CIBC Professor of Entrepreneurship and eCommerce Vice Dean of Innovation The Wharton School. His research and teaching are focused on innovation, entrepreneurship, and design. In addition to his academic pursuits he is a successful product designer and entrepreneur.

“Ethics in an Emerging Design Culture.”

Klaus Krippendorff, Professor of Communication and Gregory Bateson Professor for cybernetics, language, and culture at the Annenberg School for Communication.

Ethical conundrums confronted in over 40 years of product design experience and exploring the breadth of ethical issues in product design.

Peter Bressler, FIDSA, Adjunct Associate Professor, IPD Program, Founder/ Board Chair, Bresslergroup, Inc. He will be sharing ethical conundrums confronted in over 40 years of product design experience and exploring the breadth of ethical issues in product design.

IPD Thesis Presentation Seminars

Jason Halpern, Matthew MacMillan, Matthew Owens, Jeronimo von Wuthenau, & Christopher Xydis, IPD MSE Students

“Ergonomics In Product Development, A Critical Element For Successful Business”

Cindy Roth, ETC Co-Founder

Dinner and Conversation with Clay Burns, VP of Smart Design

Clay Burns, VP, Smart Design

“One Laptop per Child”

Nicholas Negroponte, Founder and Chairman of the One Laptop per Child non-profit association, Co-founder and Former Director of the MIT Media Laboratory, and the Jerome B. Wiesner Professor of Media Technology

Design Thinking

Banny Banerjee, Director, Stanford Design Program, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Stanford University

Ralf Hotchkiss on Design

Dr. Ralf Hotchkiss, Wheelchair-rider; engineer, inventor; Whirlwind co-founder

Sustainability Consulting with Blu Skye

John Whalen, Partner, Blu Skye

Motion Capture and 3-D Animation with GIANT Studios

Matt Madden, Vice President of Production & Development, Giant Studios

“Recent Work”

About PennDesign : SIGI MOESLINGER / MASAMICHI UDAGAWA, Antenna Design, NY

Intelligent Character Machines

Dr. David Hanson, Founder/CTO, Hanson Robotics Inc.

“The Art of Tangible Bits”

Hiroshi Ishii, Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Associate Director of MIT Media Lab, Co-Director of Things That Think (TTT) Consortium, Director of Tangible Media Group

“Past, Present and Future of Innovative Technologies and the Angel Investor”

Ken Glass, Angel investor and and Penn alumnus

“Popcorn, Perception, and the Man in the Mirror”

Carissa Carter, PhD candidate, Stanford University David Ngo, Daylight Design Jesse Silver, IDEO

“An introduction to the xdesign Environmental Health Clinic: or, why and how your participation matters in re-imagining and re-designing our collective relationship to natural systems”

Natalie Jeremijenko,Environmental Health Clinic, Assistant Professor in Art, Affiliated Professor of Computer Science, Affiliated Professor of Environmental Studies, The Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, & Human Development, New York University

“Simplicity is Complex”

John Maeda, Associate Director of Research, E. Rudge and Nancy Allen Professor of Media Arts and Sciences

“The Design of Future Things: Cautious Cars & Cantankerous Kitchens”

Don Norman, Nielsen Norman Group, Breed Prof. of Design, Northwestern University, Co-Director MMM Program. MBA + MEM: Operations+Design, Co-Director Segal Design Institute

“Deconstructing Campanas”

Fernando and Humberto Campana, Campana Design, Brazil

“Design Thinking”

Bill Moggridge, IDEO Cofounder

“Extreme Customer Satisfaction, Maximizing Loyalty in a Commoditized Market”

Rudy Vidal, Director of Extreme Customer Satisfaction, Panasonic Corporation