CW&T | The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

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This speaker event was recorded live on Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 5:30 pm at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI.

CW&T is the recipient of the 2022 National Design Award for Product Design from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum. CW&T started as and remains the two-person design practice of Che-Wei Wang and Taylor Levy. With backgrounds in Architecture, Film and Computer Science, the duo met at NYU ITP where they began their scale- and medium-agnostic approach to design.

Since 2009CW&T’s work has spanned from interactive software to human-scaled tools that enhance their relationships to work, life, and time. Their practice centers around an iterative process of sketching, prototyping, testing, writing code, machining parts, and building each edition themselves to assess their intuitions around improving their everyday experiences. Their projects have included devices that alter our perception of time, an electronics curriculum for artists, an astrological compass for space travelers, and objects engineered to last multiple generations.

Sharing their process with their community is essential to their practice. CW&T cultivates an ethos of openness through teaching and open source software and hardware. Their pedagogy extends into the home/​studio where they host office hours to lend a hand, or offer insight to anyone interested in figuring out how to make something themselves.

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The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series Spring 2024 Season

This spring, the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theater for weekly in-person events.

Detroit Public Television and PBS Books, in partnership with the Stamps School, will stream each week’s event Fridays at 8pm.

See the full schedule of events livestreamed by PBS Books here.

Some programs may not be available online, depending on artist requests. Interested in receiving notifications before online videos go live? Sign up to receive a reminder before each event begins streaming.

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