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.

Karten Design Conversations with Dr. David Rhew of Samsung Global Healthcare

David Rhew: Digital Disruption in the Healthcare System

April 4, 2014

As VP of Global Healthcare at Samsung, Dr. David Rhew leverages emerging technologies such as digital health, electronic medical records (EMRs), and cloud computing to improve patient care.

Frances Anderton at Karten Design Conversations

Frances Anderton: Discovering L.A.’s “DnA”

November 22, 2013

As the executive producer and host of KCRW’s “DnA: Design and Architecture,” “To the Point,” and “Which Way, LA?” Anderton has spent the past 20 years exploring the intersection of people, design, fashion, politics, and architecture in Los Angeles and beyond.

Raymond W. Cohen: Turning Technology into Profit

September 5, 2013

As part of Karten Design’s Conversations series, Raymond Cohen presents “Turning Technology into Profit.” See video highlights from his talk, including how to determine whether a product is market-worthy, how to commercialize new technologies, and how to give your product the “WOW” factor that will impress investors and end users.

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.

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