Our Conversations series keeps us on our mental toes by exposing our studio and guests to leaders from a wide range of creative disciplines. In an intimate, salon environment, we are privy to the philosophies and processes of progressive thinkers and take a look at the worldview of artists, designers, authors and other creative explorers.

Marientina Gotsis: Interactive Design for Health & Happiness

June 27, 2013

As founder of the USC Games for Health Initiative and co-founder of the USC Creative Media & Behavioral Health Center, Marientina Gotsis employs virtual reality, games, and mobile media to tackle educational, diagnostic, and therapeutic challenges in healthcare.

Sonny Vu: Who, What, Wear: The Future of Wearable Health Devices

February 12, 2013

Healthcare entrepreneur Sonny Vu is leading the movement towards making wearables more socially acceptable and easily adoptable so fundamental change can ensue.

Moving LA: People-Powered Design & Innovation in Recreation

December 6, 2012

At this Conversations, we hosted a panel of local entrepreneurs who represent the innovative spirit of Los Angeles and have created some of the best fitness and recreation products.

Claire Wathen and Dena Emmerson: Innovation Inspired by Nature

September 13, 2012

We learned about bioinspiration from Claire Wathen and Dena Emmerson, two members of San Diego Zoo’s Centre for Bioinspiration–the largest hub for bioinspiration in the world.

Eric Kent Wine Cellars: The Art of Wine

July 25, 2012

Kent Humphrey & Colleen Teitgen-Humphrey, the owners of Eric Kent Wine Cellars, found a unique way to combine their passion for wine and art.

Jim Moriarty: Changing Tides

May 10, 2012

Jim Moriarty, CEO of Surfrider Foundation, shared how connecting people through the things they love, empowering them to act on it, and shifting power into the hands of individuals turned Surfrider into the largest grassroots force focused on coastal conservation.

Michael Giacchino: Composing Emotion

September 8, 2011

Michael Giacchino, the award-winning composer for films like “Up” and “Ratatouille,” shared his approach to identifying key emotional elements in the screenplay and expressing them with music.

Johanna Blakley: Designers in the Attention Economy

June 23, 2011

TED speaker Johanna Blakley joined us at the Karten Design studio for an evening of discussion on the role that designers play in the current media ecosystem.

The Business of Transience: A Panel Discussion on Pop-Up Businesses

March 17, 2011

Karten Design invited the owners of Los Angeles’ most prominent pop-ups, including CoolHaus, Green Truck, NomNom and Royal/T, to join us and share their stories with moderator and L.A.-based writer Alissa Walker.

Gerald Loeb: Pushing the Limits of Prosthetics

July 31, 2009

One of the original developers of the cochlear implant, which restores hearing to the profoundly deaf, Dr. Gerald Loeb is known as a pioneer in the restoration of function to damaged body parts.

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