Wistfully Vague & Aggressively Direct
“My greatest pain in life is that I’ll never get to watch myself perform live.” – Kanye West
Architects, interior designers, and design professionals as a whole are all pros in the art of selfish selflessness. Martyrs in our own eyes, we constantly let ego get in the way of the good we do and the potential for good we have to offer. We’ve created an internal culture disconnected from reality, a practice constantly playing reactive defense, and have developed a bitterness and cynicism that’s caused us to lose touch with our own humanity – and worse, of those we’re meant to serve.
Join Obi Okolo as he discusses why the era of the ego in design has to end. For that to happen, we first have to be real with ourselves and what we’ve become as a profession. Let’s talk about why Kanye West just might be the most successful designer of our time, and more importantly, why that’s a huge problem.
$15 in advance | $20 at door
Light snacks and beverages included in ticket price.
05:30 PM - 06:00 PM: Registration
06:00 PM - 07:30 PM: Presentation with Q&A
Obiekwe “Obi” Okolo is a Nigerian-American designer, Creative Director and Co-Founder of the gō.DesignCollective in Washington DC (godesigndc.com
) . A graduate of The University of Texas in San Antonio, TX, Obi served on the national board of directors for The American Institute of Architecture Students, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, the AIA Council For Human Centered Design, and the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. But that tells you nothing about him.
Obi sees design as the ultimate storytelling tool. He believes that any superficial tensions that exist - the constant battle for the market’s real estate - between design crafts, whether Architecture, Interior Design, Industrial Design, or Graphic Design is a waste of time and a disservice to humanity. Obi’s time working abroad taught him what to look for in what he sees, and more importantly, how to communicate it to those who may not be looking. His life - from being the child of a proud cultural lineage in Nigeria, to the son of immigrants and definition of "other" in America - has been about reconciling conflicting truths. Obi has loved design before he knew what it was, and wakes up every day humbled by the opportunity to help others find the design in their narratives.