Designing for the Next Generation of Innovators

Krystal Persaud

Designing for the Next Generation of Innovators

Filmed on October 19, 2016 at the 2016 AIGA Design Conference

It is impossible to prepare students for what we think—today—will be the careers of the future. Krystal Persaud explores how littleBits, a platform of easy-to-use electronic building blocks, is designing unique learning experiences that draw on principles from the maker movement, STEM/STEAM, and ambush learning. Through this framework, the company aims to empower students with creative confidence, technological literacy, and lifelong learning skills to prepare them for the 21st century and beyond.

Krystal Persaud is the director of product design and product management at littleBits, the award-winning platform of electronic building blocks that empowers people to invent things, large and small. A graduate of the Georgia Tech School of Industrial Design, she is also the founder and managing member of the design collective Grouphug.

Persaud teaches product design at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. She is committed to the idea that product design will revolutionize the fields of education, public health, and sustainability, and is passionate about bridging gaps between industrial design and other disciplines.