Workshops + speaking

I enjoy teaching and thinking out loud on the role of design for making life more interesting, adventurous and personally rewarding.

As part of this, I’ve led formally structured design-thinking and innovation workshops with Fortune 50 organizations, lectured at conferences around the globe, and created Chalet Workshop, an ongoing series of design-education and leadership experiments in my own backyard in the Rockies.

Contact me to discuss your speaking/learning opportunity: noel@franus.com.

  • Founder of Chalet Workshop design-thinking retreats in Boulder, 2017
  • Visiting Professor, Universidad Veritas Costa Rica, 2016
    Graduate program in interaction design
  • Workshops, 2016 UXPA Suzhou, China
    Mapping the Journey: Telling New Stories to Solve Old Problems and Unlocking Cultural Tensions to Clarify the Brief and Inspire New Experiences
  • Chair, 2016 IXDA Student Design Challenge, Helsinki
    The Future We Deserve
  • Chair, 2015 IXDA Student Design Challenge, San Francisco
    Envisioning the Connected City
  • Lecturer, 2015 McCann Women’s Forum, New York
    Disruptive Reclamations to Change the Culture of Healing
  • Lecturer, 2014 Universidad Veritas Costa Rica, San Jose
    Kickoff conference, graduate program design
  • Lecturer, 2012 SXSW, Austin
    Designing Relationships/Brands that Believe in Sex After Marriage
  • Lecturer, 2011 Sao Paulo World Usability Day
    Sound, Brands and Social Change
  • Lecturer, 2008 Harvard Graduate School of Design
    Experience Architecture Forum: Sonic Narratives in Physical Spaces
  • Lecturer, 2008 Design Management Institute, Cincinnati
    Demystifying Sonic Branding and Identity
  • Lecturer, 2007 AIGA GAIN Conference, New York
    Demystifying Sonic Branding and Identity
  • Lecturer, 2006 IDSA Conference, Austin
    Demystifying Sonic Branding and Identity