Last week in Boston MIT Media Labs helds its first summit dedicated to design, Knotty Objects. The meetup brought together scientists, designers, engineers, scholars and other various makers to explore the transdisciplinary nature of design through a unique collection of lenses: bricks, bitcoin, steak and phone.
To introduce each subject, MIT Media Labs worked with production company mssngpeces and some of the summit's tech and design experts to create playful, informative videos that raise some thought-provoking questions: How does bitcoin bring currency control into the hands the consumer? How has the humble brick concept led to astounding developments in technology? Can in-vitro meat solve problems posed by industrialized food production? And who are designers really catering to when they think up new mobile phones?
The experts featured in the films include Ayah Bdeir, founder/CEO of LittleBits, David Benjamin, principal of architecture and design firm The Living, MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito, Artist/Designer Daisy Ginsberg, Artist/Philosopher Koert van Mensvoort, Andrew "Bunnie" Huang, founder of design studio Kosagi and Kevin Slavin, Area/Code co-founder and assistant professor/founder of Playful Systems at MIT Media Lab.