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Weiwei Xu and Aosheng Ran: Designing for Coziness

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jan 26

Wed, Jan 26 2022, 5PM - 6PM

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Part of event series: Spring 2022 Design Lecture Series


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Studio Forward x Google

Event description

As more and more of us spend time online, our social connection is mediated by digital environments and tooling. However, the spaces we inhabit are often shaped and architected by enterprise software. The result of this is online social hangouts and digital celebrations being forced into stale and non-configurable environments we don’t have agency over. This got us curious: How can we facilitate spaces that belong to us, and how can we create opportunities for authentic connection and for building trust?

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Weiwei Xu likes to design new interactions, both on screen and off. She mixes toys, art, architecture, and community design to create surprising new ways for humans to interact. Her past work ranges from research and development at Dynamicland, to community design at Tiny Factories. Sometimes, you’ll find her dreaming about the multiverse of magical disciplines, authoring environments, and inter-generational neighborhoods.


Aosheng Ran is an interaction designer who aspires to build systems and technologies that empower individuals and communities. He is currently designing at Sprout, where he brings visions of a more humane and collaborative computing future to life. He’s also the inventor of Semilattice, a collection of concepts for knowledge management tools.

ASL interpretation will not be offered at the event. The lecture uses a slide presentation. All content from the slides will be read aloud or described. Closed captioning will be available during this webinar. Please email access questions to Kimberly Macdonald at

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