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Designing Disruption

Two-Day Workshop with Javier Verdura, Tesla Motors
Date: February 19–20, 2016
Location: Gestalten Space | Sophie-Gips-Höfe | Sophienstraße 21 | 10178 Berlin
Language: English
Participation Fee:

€ 2,500 (Early-bird price: € 1,950)
$ 3.500 (Early-bird price: $ 2.950) 

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Gestalten teams up with ArtCenter College of Design to host the workshop
 Designing Disruption guided by Javier Verdura, Director of Product Design at Tesla Motors in Berlin, February 19-20, 2016.

The workshop is the inaugural edition of our Creative Leadership Series. This hands-on workshop explores disruptive change that is driven by design through the example of Tesla Motors. Currently in the spotlight as the most successful independent automaker in the electric car market, Tesla challenges the energy infrastructure and the automotive industry as a whole by refusing to accept the status quo of manufacturing, functionality, design, and even the way cars are sold.

Creating disruptive ideas is not the tough part, its implementing them. Because disruptive innovations and technologies ruffle feathers and disrupt adjacent businesses and agendas, the greatest challenge lies in putting them into practice and making them part of the norm.

Guided by Javier Verdura, Director of Product Design at Tesla Motors, and a team of seasoned ArtCenter educators, participants will practice using creative tools to conceive disruptive ideas and develop strategies to actually implement them in their own professional contexts.

Please note that the event will be held at Gestalten Space, rather than Gestalten Pavilion as previously stated.

The Audience:

The workshops are tailored to creatives and business leaders: Creatives who want to learn how to approach business problems. And business leaders who want to learn how to facilitate the creative process.

What you will gain by participating:

  • Learn from one of the most inspiring and trending creative personalities with an established reputation in product design.
  • Practice hands-on creative strategies to implement disruptive ideas that will drive your personal career.
  • Earn a certificate for successful completion of this creative hands-on workshop.

About Creative Leadership Series:

The Creative Leadership Series is designed as a premium learning experience for 15 to 20 participants in a two-day format. Thematically, the workshops revolve around creative strategies that are applicable to corporate and institutional environments, as well as to boutique and start-up cultures.

A team of ArtCenter educators will be present at the workshop in Bikini Berlin and participants may benefit from engaging in a dialog with the seasoned educators during lunch or during dinner following the workshop on Friday.

At the end of the two-day-event, participants will be awarded a certificate proving the completion of the executive workshop that is designed to have an impact on their professional path and portfolio.

The Creative Leadership Series is supported by brand consultancy Sasserath Munzinger Plus and German Design Council, who is one of the worlds leading centers of expertise on design.




About the host

Javier Verdura

Director of Product Design at Tesla Motors

Mexico City-born Javier Verdura graduated from Pasedena’s ArtCenter College of Design with a degree in Product Design in 1991. His first position as a product designer was at Group Four Design, an award-winning New England firm. He later joined inno as Design Manager while he also became a part-time professor of Industrial Design at Georgia Tech’s School of Design and Architecture in Atlanta. In 1998, he joined then start-up firm Product Ventures, where he remained for 15 years as Vice President of Design and Development. His most recent position has brought Javier back to the Los Angeles area to Tesla Motors.

Over his 23-year career, Javier has designed everything from surgical equipment to consumer products and packaging. His work has won some of the industry’s most prestigious awards: 3 Red Dot Awards, 7 Good Design Awards, and an IDEA award. In addition, his name appears in more than 130 patents in the U.S. and abroad. Javier’s philosophy on Industrial Design is that if you can’t manufacture what you create, it is not worth designing.

Acting as the Director of Product Design at Tesla Motors, Javier Verdura belongs to in the inner circle of the elite design team. His goal is “to make the Tesla brand a household name” by designing products that meet the customer’s expectations. Read more on Javier’s thoughts and goals for Tesla here.

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