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Event Description

RealityxDesign, the ninth annual conference from HarvardxDesign, will be hosted virtually 10:30am-4:30pm ET on Sunday, February 28,  2021. Now more than ever, we live our daily lives through not just one but multiple and blended realities. Design plays a critical role in helping us confront our lived realities, escape them, and then construct new, better ones. Together with a multidisciplinary panel of artists, curators, architects, and thinkers, we will explore exciting examples of designers who play with notions of reality, and discuss the roles and responsibilities they take on in doing so.

HarvardxDesign is an annual conference, launched in 2012, that brings together over 500 creative thinkers, design luminaries, and students each year to celebrate the impact of design across scales and sectors. It is a student-run event organized by student clubs at the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.


Speaker highlights for the xDesign conference include interdisciplinary leaders and designers including but not limited to:

Shelby Jiggetts-Tivony – VP of Creative at Disney Parks at Disney Imagineering

Sofie Anderson – Head of Digital, Metropolitan Museum of Art

Michaela Kane – Head of social branding at immersive art exhibition Teamlab

Jason Napolitano – Speculative Designer, former Experience Design Director at McKinsey Design

Alexandre de Betak – Founder of Bureau Betak, fashion show production and design

Jane Gormley – Design for America WashU strategic planning

Lee Moreau – Design Lecturer at MIT, former VP of Design at Continuum

Sheng-Hung Lee – Vice-Chair at Industrial Design Society of America Boston Chapter, former designer at IDEO

How to Join

Tickets and more information about the conference can be found at

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Anyone requiring accessibility accommodations should contact the Public Programs Office at (617) 496-2414 or [email protected].