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A Designer of National September 11th Memorial to Speak in Auerbach Lecture Series

Posted 11/02/2010
Posted by David Isgur

Jake Barton, founder and principal of Local Projects, an award-winning media design firm that is one of the lead exhibition designers for The National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center in New York City, will give a talk about "Local Projects - Current Studio Works."

Barton is recognized as a leader in the field of interaction design for physical spaces, and in the creation of collaborative storytelling projects where participants generate content. The talk, which is part of the Hartford Art School's Auerbach Lecture Series, is free and open to the public. It will take place on Monday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 p.m., in Wilde Auditorium in the Harry Jack Gray Center on the University of Hartford campus, 200 Bloomfield Ave., West Hartford.

Barton's Local Projects is partnered with Thinc Design as lead exhibition designers for The National September 11th Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. Other projects include interaction design for StoryCorps, six films for the Beijing 2008 Olympics, media design for The National Museum of American Jewish History, media design for the Official New York City Visitors Information Center, and co-creation of Timescapes for the Museum of the City of New York. Additional clients include jetBlue, the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Historical Society, the National Building Museum, and the Cooper-Hewitt Design Museum.

He was a finalist for the National Design Award in Communications in 2006 and attended the White House reception hosted by the First Lady and the Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. He has lectured extensively at conferences, including the Gravity Free Design Conference in Chicago, UX Week in San Francisco, and the IDEA Conference in both Seattle and New York.

His work has received two gold, one silver, and one bronze medal from the Industrial Designers Society of America, as well as five awards from ID Magazine and three from the AIGA. He serves on the board of AIGA/NY and on the advisory council of the Gravity Free Design Conference.

Barton has a master's degree from New York University's Interactive Telecommunications Program, where he currently teaches the master's thesis class. Before founding Local Projects, which is an award-winning media design firm for museums and public spaces, Barton worked as an exhibition designer for Ralph Appelbaum Associates for seven years.

For more information, contact Karen DeGrace, executive assistant to the dean of the Hartford Art School, at 860.768.4392, or