Justin Ferrell and Emi Kolawole discuss design, dollars and the future of journalism

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The Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, also known as the d.school, was founded in 2004. The d.school has developed an innovative curriculum, including the popular Design Boot Camp, which gives students a crash course in “Design Thinking,” a user-centric approach to prototyping and problem solving.

Justin Ferrell

Justin Ferrell

Justin Ferrell came to the d.school from The Washington Post, where he worked for seven years, most recently as Director of Digital, Mobile & Product Design. Ferrell headed collaborative teams of reporters, editors, designers and developers to design several award-winning projects at the Post, including a Pulitzer Prize-winning piece on Dick Cheney’s vice presidency.

Ferrell now serves as Levinthal Director of Fellowships for the d.school, where he helps mid-career professionals develop industry-changing ideas. He has spoken about creativity and design issues at diverse venues including SXSW and Education City in Qatar.

In 2011-2012 Ferrell was a John S. Knight Fellow at Stanford. The program brings mid-career journalists to Stanford to work on innovation, entrepreneurship and leadership.

Emi Kolawole is currently on leave from The Washington Post and is now serving as Editor-in-Residence at the d.school.

Emi Kolawole

Emi Kolawole

At the Post, she was the founding editor of Innovations, a blog that focuses on the intersection of culture and technology.

Kolawole plans to use her time at Stanford to explore new forms of digital storytelling and business models for the media industry.

In 2011, Kolawole was recognized as a Global Shaper by The World Economic Forum.  She has also been named a French-American Foundation Young Leader and one of the 2013 “Grio 100,” a list of influential individuals published by TheGrio.com, a site devoted to African-American news and culture.

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Further reading about our guests:

Emi Kolawole:

“Mars rover Curiosity lands”

“Elon Musk Unveils Hyperloop plans”

Of Apollo, newspapers and ticking clocks

Justin Ferrell:

On designing a user experience that adds value for the iPad

Knight Talk: Re-Engineering Journalism

John S. Knight Fellowship biography