Design Week Portland: The Right to Fail

August 07, 2020

On Monday August 3, 2020, PNCA Design co-hosted our first ever entirely remote Design Week Portland panel discussion, featuring MA Design Systems student Humaira Tasneem as moderator and host. Humaira brings a unique perspective as both student and professional; as a current MA Candidate in the Design Systems program at PNCA, and working in the areas of social design, architecture, and art. Graphic Design department faculty member Bijan Berahimi of FISK also participated in an all-star panel that also included Katie Augsburger of Future Work Design and JooYoung Oh of Multnomah Idea Lab (also a faculty member in the MA Design Systems program).

The Right to Fail: Risk + Reward in Building Creative Culture

"Fail harder" is emblazoned on the hearts (and walls) of many a designer, and mistakes are central to the design process and to learning in general. But risking failure presents unique challenges when seen through each of our individual lenses. Who is, and who is not, "allowed" to fail? How can we create a culture of experimentation and trust that truly empowers people to take risks, make mistakes, and come out the other side stronger?

Humaira led this panel conversation about taking risks, what's at stake... and how we can not only survive our mistakes, but thrive. Featured panelists included Katie Augsburger of Future Work Design, JooYoung Oh of Multnomah Idea Lab, and Bijan Berahimi of FISK.

The Right to Fail: Risk + Reward in Building Creative Culture

If you missed us in person, you can view the webinar (above) on PNCA's youtube channel. Humaira's hope for viewers is "to learn a lot about risk-taking, its rewards, and risk through a lens of equity. We hope that through this webinar you will go away with a new idea, a fresh perspective, or a new strategy that you can apply to your life."