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Marc Mertens, SESO & TED-Ed

Yesterday, we were excited to learn of the launch of TED’s new educational platform, TED-Ed.  Better still, Seso, the experience design firm founded by UCLA Extension instructor Marc Mertens, was instrumental in bringing this dynamic project to fruition. Marc will share his expertise in our upcoming summer course; User Experience Design.

The TED-Ed platform provides educators access to TED’s growing library of carefully curated educational videos, and the ability to build unique lessons around ideas.  These lessons can then be tracked through unique URLs, allowing educators to individually measure the efficacy of their teaching.  The TED-Ed site is an engaging new component in the educator’s tool box, and represents a forward thinking development in the continually evolving world of education.

TED-Ed has already garnered glowing praise from The Washington Post, The Atlantic, GOOD, and The Chronicle of Higher Education among others.  The Atlantic calls the new platform “Big” and maybe even “revolutionary.”  While The Washington Post remarks that TED-Ed uses “sophisticated animation, professional editing and high-quality production values to produce online lessons that are hard to forget.”

Check out this feedback from Marc’s former UX Design students:

“This was the best class I have ever taken, period. The subject material was really interesting and something that I can use in my career. I felt challenged, yet fully supported by Marc and the class. Out class also felt really cohesive and aligned. Awesome networking!”

“I wish Marc taught more classes! He is a great teacher, 110% knowledgeable, and really engaging. He makes a class in user experience a totally awesome user experience. I can’t thank him enough for all the advice, support and direction.”

“While he was an authority on everything we discussed, I liked that he also embraced other’s knowledge and expertise in the field.”

Apart from his upcoming User Experience Design course, you can also catch Marc at Big City Forum’s Mapping LA: Design Based Thinking, taking place May 2nd at the Armory Center for the Arts.

 

In Conversation: Deborah Sussman and Andrew Byrom

WHAT: UCLA Extension instructor Andrew Byrom sits down with Deborah Sussman to discuss her celebrated career and their recent collaboration curating and designing the current A+D Museum exhibition: Eames Words. Chairs will be arranged with-in the exhibit space, giving the audience a unique opportunity to see the work as it being discussed.

WHERE: A+D MUSEUM, 6032 WILSHIRE BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90036

WHEN: Thursday, December 8th from 6:30 – 8:30PM

Deborah Sussman started her career working with Charles and Ray Eames. During more than a decade at the Eames Office, she worked on seminal exhibits for IBM, the Government of India, and the Ford Foundation. She later opened her own studio and was joined by husband Paul Prejza in 1980. Sussman/Prejza & Company are at the forefront of environmental design working with Walt Disney Resorts, The Gas Company of Southern California, Hasbro Inc. and on the identity and environment of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. Sussman is a former AIGA board member and was the founder of AIGA Los Angeles.

Andrew Byrom is a graphic designer, typeface designer, and a Professor at California State University Long Beach. His clients have included The New York Times Magazine, Sagmeister Inc., and Pengiun Books. Byrom’s experimental type design has been honored by the TDC and AIGA – and can be seen in the December issue of Print Magazine and on the current UCLA Extension catalog cover.

Admission:

$15 Individual
$7 Student (w/valid ID)
A+D Members FREE

Ticket Purchase: www.aplusd.org/inconversation

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