Ken & Andreas have presented at schools and conferences in the past and are occasionally available for future speaking opportunities. Due to workload, Ken did not schedule any speaking engagements in 2016 but is back at the Intra.net Reloaded Conference as a moderator and judge for 2017. Ken’s previous talks have been focused on user experience design for large enterprise intranets which has been a main focus for him at Disney. Ken also manages a blog about intranet design at DesigningTheEnterprise.com
Andreas, being hearing impaired, has been a guest lecturer at the Rochester Institute of Technology National Technical Institute for the Deaf.
Speaking Topic: ROD is the New ROI: Designing Intranets to Enhance Enterprise Value
At the Intranet Reloaded conference Ken presented on how a well designed intranet can make your employees more informed, more productive, more engaged. At Disney, Ken oversaw the design of a sharepoint based intranet for the Consumer Products division which serves the needs of approx. 5,000 employees across the Walt Disney company. In 2013 this site won the Webby award for Best Intranet.
Andreas visited the College of Imaging Art and Sciences – School of Design at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, New York to teach and give the senior students a glimpse and opportunity of what it’s like to work in an in-house design department in a fast-paced, high-energy environment.
He taught four classes about publication design and identity design, and gave the students one project in each class. They had to complete this task within a week in order to learn to work independently with the capacity to handle multiple projects in a fast-paced environment and the capacity to prioritize tasks effectively with a sense of urgency, which is of critical importance in today’s complex business environment. Gaining a sense of unexpected priority shifts, such as an art director requesting a design change, they learned to weather the storm of changes while managing to still produce solid work.
Topic: A 360 Degree Visual Portrait of a Designer’s Process
Andreas Wezel-Peterson gave a speech to the student and faculty at Rochester Institute of Technology during the Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship Series event. The main focus was an insight of what it is like to work at his employment, in the in-house design department of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media. The concepts were, including but not limiting to, the creative process of visual communication design that combines the visual arts and technology to communicate ideas. It all start with a message that, in the hands of a talented designer, has been transformed into visual communication, transcending more words and picture.
Edmund Lyon (1955-1920) was a noted manufacturer, inventor, humanitarian, and philanthropist in Rochester, who served as a trustee of both RIT and the Rochester School for the Deaf. In 1980, his daughters established the Edmund Lyon Memorial Lectureship to brig distinguished speakers to RIT/NTID.