PDMA Pittsburgh: A Night at the Museum

When:  Sep 16, 2021 from 17:00 to 20:00 (ET)
Associated with  Pittsburgh

An evening dedicated to product design and the design process

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PDMA Members: $25
Students: $10

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Event Description:

Join us on September 16th at the Carnegie Museum of Art for an inspiring evening focused on design. Museum docents will guide us through the Extraordinary Ordinary Things exhibit while providing enlightening background information on the different pieces on display. You will see more than 300 objects, ranging from practical and every day to evocative and extraordinary. Immediately following the tour, a panel of expert designers will provide insight into product and experience design as well as design methodologies and concepts, drawing from examples from the exhibit and their own practice. 

The panelists include:

  • Laura Vinchesi, Lead Visual and Information Designer, Seegrid
  • Matt Beale, President, Daedalus
  • Dino Mariano, Design Director, Bally Design Inc.

Here’s what you will learn:

  • Current methods and practices of product design from a practical and an academic perspective
  • How design influences usefulness, usability, and desirability
  • Ground rules of “good design” embodied in ordinary objects

Schedule of events:

  • 5:00 - 5:45pm    Social/Networking
  • 5:45 - 6:45pm    Docent tours of the exhibit
  • 6:45 – 7:30pm   Panel discussion
  • 7:30 – 8:00pm   Available time at the museum

Speaker Bios

Laura Vinchesi is Lead Visual and Information Designer at Seegrid, a leading provider of autonomous mobile robots and enterprise software for material handling.  Laura looks back on a long career focused on human centered and experience design both as a design practitioner and professor on the graduate and undergraduate level.  She has studied graphic design at CMU and painting at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and has been teaching at CMU’s School of Design and the Integrated Innovation Institute.

Matt Beale – President, Daedalus Design – is a product designer, entrepreneur, and ethnographic researcher. As owner and president of Daedalus, he manages a team of researchers, designers, and engineers who develop software and physical products from initial insight to manufacturing. Matt is a graduate of the University of Michigan and frequently shares his experiences and knowledge through conference speaking, college lectures, and corporate training.

Dino Mariano is the Design Director at Bally Design Inc. where he has been delivering product design and services to clients across industries for more than 25 years. He leads a team of talented product developers with diverse experiences to bring unique perspective to every client engagement.  Dino graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a degree in industrial design and teaches at CMU’s Integrated Innovation Institute.


Carnegie Museum of Art
4400 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213