Events Archive

Check out the designers, studios, professors, and cool cats who have headlined our past events

2018

Pop Culture by the Numbers

Thursday, February 22, 2018

How can we turn data into a new form of consumable media? Ilia and Russell of The Pudding will be speaking about the current state of data-driven storytelling, focusing on the role of design, the importance of interactivity, and the tension between form and function in the data visualization space. Come learn about the trends that are pushing data visualization forward as an emerging medium!

Computing Creativity

Thursday, January 25, 2018

In today’s digital era, designers act as translators between the visual language of the physical world and logic-based Computer-Aided Design tools. How can design and engineering come together to help us create better products? Pip Mothersill of MIT Media Lab will speak about her journey as a successful designer and an engineer who has created design tools for both fields.

Does Business Need Design?

Thursday, February 8, 2018

What is design worth to a business? Designers can bring tremendous value to companies, but how can you begin to put a price tag on design? BevSpot’s Chief Design Officer, Alex Turnwall, will be coming to speak about his experience as a designer who started a business, how to prioritize design, and why design-driven companies are well-set up to succeed. Alex Turnwall is the Chief Design Officer at BevSpot, a Boston-based startup trying to make life easier for the folks behind the food and beverage industry. He’s helped BevSpot grow from zero to around 900 customers across 44 states and 6 countries in just three years. Before that, he ran a small design consultancy serving startups, universities, and non-profits, while teaching interaction design at Northeastern and helping found Scout: Northeastern’s student-led design studio. He lives in Boston and teaches, writes, and speaks about design, entrepreneurship and web technology in between biking, kayaking, skiing, woodworking, and brewing.

2017

PillPack

Thursday, January 19, 2017

PillPack is stirring up the pharmacy world with innovative packaging and a fresh approach to business. Meet two team members from PillPack and hear how they are redefining the way prescriptions are filled!

Design Thinking: Fidelity Labs

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test! Fidelity Labs is teaching a crash course in design thinking and everyone is invited. Learn how to understand your user, define your intention and build products and ideas that will change the world for the better. Can't wait? Neither can we.

Agile Design Workshop

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Join us this Thursday for our Agile Design workshop with local Boston design agency Upstatement. They'll be talking about what agile design is. How to use it, and why it's important for designers, developers, project managers, and even executives. Can't wait? Get a quick intro to agile here.

Empathy in Design Thinking with John Hancock Innovation Lab

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Join us this Thursday with John Hancock to learn how to fall in love with the problem. In Design Thinking there are five main steps: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype and Test. In this hands-on workshop we will take a deep dive into the Empathize step. You will practice methods that help you gain a deeper understanding of your customer’s wants and needs.

Digital Branding with 36 Creative

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Business has changed and so must brands. 36 Creative, a creative agency based in New Hampshire, is coming in to discuss the evolution of brand strategy and its impact on both companies and consumers. They will teach us what designers and entrepreneurs must know to compete in this interconnected, social, and instantaneous world.

People Centered Products

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Data Viz with Deloitte InsightStudio

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Join Deloitte’s InsightStudio and Scout THIS Thursday for a workshop on Data Visualization. Deloitte’s InsightStudio combines design thinking, data visualization, data science, and big data to reveal insights and create impactful analytics-driven digital products. Attendees will learn about how they combine these disciplines to reveal insights and create impactful analytics-driven products. You’ll then have the opportunity to put their teachings into practice by collaborating in teams on Deloitte’s Design Jam case study, putting together a plan applying analytics and cognitive capabilities to measure the value and output of tangible business outcomes. This workshop is created for all disciplines, including data scientists, developers, and UX/UI designers.  


Event will take place in Shillman 215.

The Future of Urban Spaces

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Join Supernormal and Scout this Thursday to talk about the future of urban planning! Supernormal is a design collaborative that is working to change urban design, planning, and development of spaces to be repeatable and rigorous. CFO Will Cohen will explain how they use data to analyze human behavior in urban areas to develop strategic design solutions that remain sustainable over time, by embracing the rapid changes in culture, technology, and climate. This event is open to anyone and everyone who's interested. We'll see you there!!

Meet Scout: Make-a-thon

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Come to Scout’s very first Make-a-thon for two hours of collaboration, innovation, and creation with Scout members and alumni, as well as other “makers” in the community. We’ll place you in teams, and you’ll each have a little over an hour to create the best solution to our prompt. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about what Scout does and how you can get involved on one of our teams!

Content Strategy + Design Workshop

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Once upon a time, “doing content” meant calling in a writer to fill in the blanks on wireframes. These days, content strategists are getting involved at the earliest stages of projects, from sales calls to kickoffs. In this session, Senior Content Strategist Dana Ortegon will show you what the content-first approach to design looks like at Mad*Pow, and walk you through their most popular content workshop activity. Working in teams, you’ll create a Message Architecture for a sample project/client and explore how it might inform future design and content decisions. This event is open to everyone, so join us this Thursday for some pizza and some sweet, sweet content strategizing!!

2016

Superstition vs. Simplification - Visual Data Mining & Its Pitfalls

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Information design is a rapidly growing field. More and more companies are leveraging big data to gain insight into their market. Come learn how information design can help translate numbers to organization goals with Dietmar Oftenhuber, Head of the Northeastern Information Design Graduate program. No prior experience required!

Meet Scout

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Hello, it’s Scout. We were wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet. We're connecting designers, developers, and creative professionals to form a collaborative community of thinkers and doers and produce killer work. Let's connect. Come meet us on January 21st. Don’t make us call a thousand times.

Design Thinking Crash Course

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Design thinking isn’t just how designers think. It’s how creative problem-solvers think. It requires logic, imagination, intuition, and systematic reasoning, to make an outcome the most comprehensive and efficient it can be. Come learn how you can apply design thinking to your class projects, group work, leadership roles, co-op, business goals, start-up, or anything that involves creative and organized problem solving.

UX Workshop with Fresh Tilled Soil

Thursday, February 18, 2016

User interviews provide a lot of data, but they don’t tell you how to interpret that data. Join us for a workshop with Fresh Tilled Soil, where we’ll use empathy mapping to understand the user journey, pinpoint key insights, and design a thoughtful solution using data from one of Fresh Tilled Soil’s past clients. Afterward, there will be time for a Q&A.

Web Development: 10 Tips & Tricks

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Modern web development involves an endless abyss of frameworks, libraries, and other tools. Increase your productivity by learning more about efficient development tools, plug-ins, and languages to expedite your workflows. *Worried about the required skill level? If your know basic HTML & CSS, then this event is for you.

Using Typography To Build A Brand

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Steve Matteson created Cambria, Open Sans, and the Droid family, among other typefaces. He's a branding expert, having worked with Google, Microsoft, and others to craft the right brand tone and style using typography. He will share how typography influences branding and ultimately changes the way you interact with and experience technology.

Meet Scout

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Come hang out with Scout: Northeastern's student-led design studio. Bring your friends, venture, or interests to mix with the design community, grab some free food, and see what's going down this year. Find out how you can be a part of our events, our freelance network, or studio team even if you don't consider yourself a designer. See you there!

Storytelling in Product Design

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Geoff House, Design Director at Yeti, believes that the strongest brands and products are the ones that have a story behind them. Yeti is a development company that designs and develops innovative digital products. They are trusted by a long list of industry leaders like Google, Hershey's, and Qualcomm. Come see how crafting a narrative influences consumers to trust and engage with both digital and physical products.

Shawn Hesse: Lessons From the Climate Apocalypse

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Shawn Hesse is an architect, sustainability consultant, and… zombie expert? Over the last several years, Shawn has committed his professional life to researching climate change, and his personal life to enjoying all things zombie lore, from movies and books to games and training simulations. And while the risks of climate change are very real, we all know that the risks of the zombie apocalypse are things of fiction… or are they? Resource scarcity, despair, violence, and global catastrophe – all are frighteningly similar to those we face with rampant climate change. In his talk, Shawn will share his discovery that, in addition to similar risks, there are similar solutions that can be applied to help save us all.  

Insights for Innovation

Thursday, October 13, 2016

As the managing director of IDEO's research and development network (Colab) Matt Weiss is designing for the future. Whether its the internet of things, blockchain, or virtual/augmented reality, IDEO Colab is tasked with matching emerging technology with human needs and partners. Join us on Thursday 10/13 to hear him share IDEO's valuable insights that has lead them to develop some of today's most ambitious projects in food, energy, health and money.

Museum as a Startup

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Founder Sam Aquillano has changed the way that museums are viewed by building an innovative organization focused on educating Boston on design, entrepreneurship, and urban innovation all without a physical location. Exhibitions and events are held in places people already go: retail space, public space—even outside. Come hear about his incredible entrepreneurial journey and how important it is to appreciate design exactly where it is: everywhere.

Women in Design

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Badass women in design: they're everywhere. Whether they're kicking butt on the back end or designing amazing visuals and brands, a formal shoutout is long overdue. We invited Cristina Silva, a killer designer/developer at Thoughtbot to come in and lead a talk about past and present certified badass designers and how they can inspire you in your own work.

City of Data

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Andrew Therriault is Boston’s Chief of Data and he's on a mission to put Boston on the cutting edge of data-driven governance. Come hear him discuss how Boston is using Big Data to measure, monitor and report on services, crime, complaints, traffic and more to better serve the city and you.

2015

How to Hire a Freelancer

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Leave it to the experts, hire a freelancer. Whether it's for creating a website, building an app, or designing a logo, hiring a freelancer is a useful and often unavoidable part of creating a company. Hiring the right one requires more than sending out a couple emails. Join us this Wednesday to learn how to hire and manage a freelancer who will add the most value to your venture.

Decoding Web Content

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Whether you're a writer, web designer, or coder, content is a make-or-break factor for your website. This Wednesday night, join Scout for an event centered around the hierarchy of web design and understanding how words and layout can change a viewer's experience. We'll take a close look at how well-designed product websites differ in approach and efficiency from crappy high school websites.

Building brands that matter

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Anyone can put buttons on a page. Former Zappos UX Director Brian Kalma teaches us how to start with the "why" when approaching UX, for a more focused and personal experience. Learn what makes the difference between brands that matter and brands that don't.

Astro Studios Talk Product Design

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Astro Studios, an industrial design firm, works at the intersection of product design & popular culture. They've prototyped and developed top of the line products for companies like Nike, Art of Shaving, and HP. This Tuesday, join Scout and IDEA as we host the studio for a talk about their design process. Come hear about how they've created multi-dimensional brand experiences for companies across industries.

Data Inspired Art with Sosolimited

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Sosolimited focuses on conveying a product's message by displaying data in the design for the most information-rich viewer experience. Come by and learn about how you can make data pretty and accessible in design.

Feedback Driven UI Design with Thoughtbot

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Design Can Save Lives

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Some think of design as a way to make things look nice. To Jon Guerra, better design can mean saving lives in the ICU. Join Scout this Thursday to learn how design can be applied across disciplines, and how Jon's previous experiences at Disney, Johnson & Johnson and IDEO influenced his career at GE Healthcare.

Lettering Like A Type Designer

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Walking the line between fine art and design, Victoria Rushton finds her passion in hand lettering and typeface design. This Thursday, she will share her work from the Font Bureau, her love for typography, ascenders and the lowercase letter ‘k’

Git in 60 mins

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Have you heard about Git but don’t know what it is? Do you ever accidentally overwrite files and folders? Come to Scout’s event to learn about Git and how it simplifies version control. We’ll make sure you walk away knowing the basics of working with a version control system. Now add this new skill to your reportoire with us on Thursday.

Good F**king Design Talk

Thursday, November 5, 2015

Other than their foul mouths, Brian and Jason are well known for their belief that passion is the driver of brilliant ideas. The two designers founded GFDA five years ago to share inspiration with budding designers. Today, with a sense of candor and commitment that the f-word best communicates, Brian and Jason travel to tell the tale of their successes, failures and the many lessons they learned along the way. This event is free and open to public. Invite your friends and co-workers in Boston! Check out GFDA: http://goodfuckingdesignadvice.com/

Design Sprints: No, design doesn't go faster

Thursday, November 19, 2015

A design sprint is a focused and timed method to get validation of a concept, so you can create products users need and love. Join us as C. Todd Lombardo from Constant Contact’s InnoLoft walks you through the elements, process and outcomes of a design sprint, and give you a better knowledge of how to implement this framework within your team.

Data Visualization: An Exercise in Thoughtfulness

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Whether rendered as an art piece or as an instrument for understanding the world around us, Data Visualization is a powerful tool for realizing trends and patterns. From organizing information and data curation to visualization methods and design, Ryan Morrill from Northeastern’s Graduate Information Design and Visualization Program will walk us through the process of presenting data in a meaningful way.

2014

Meet Scout

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Join us for our semester kickoff meeting! Come learn about what we do at Scout and how you can get involved in Northeastern’s student design studio. Whether you’re a designer or developer, marketer or writer, photographer or strategist, we want you to help us grow the Scout community. Pizza will be served

Understanding UX

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Ever wonder why no one can spend less than 10 minutes on Facebook or why it’s so easy to find new music on Spotify? In this workshop we’ll dissect the thinking process that goes into creating an elegant User Experience. From wireframing to empathy maps, we’ll go over basic techniques used throughout a UX project. Sound too technical? Not to worry, this workshop is designed for students of all disciplines and experience.

Read the book. Come talk about it

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Open Critique

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Interested in design? Come join in the process. Hear Scout designers explain works in progress and respond to specific criticisms from experts and students like yourself in the audience.

Knowing Your User

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Join award-winning design studio Fresh Tilled Soil for a workshop overview of their design process and a deep dive into understanding how your user thinks and feels through a process called Empathy Mapping.