Go beyond the sketchbook

An all-day, Student-Run design conference at Jefferson University – DEC Center.

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What Are we all about?

Tandem is a student-run conference that allows the cultivation of knowledge from multiple design disciplines in order to better understand our shared world. This conference is meant to instill the will to collaborate and gain knowledge from one another in order to grow as designers and become better individuals. Collaboration fuels design.

Meet and learn from some of the top professionals in their field and get a taste of what it's like to be a professional designer.

Tickets include access to the event, lectures, workshops, and demos as well as breakfast, lunch, and three raffle tickets for the opportunity to win prizes from our sponsors!

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Welcome to this year's roster of professional speakers and workshop hosts for Tandem 2018!



Underdone Design: What’s the Least We Could Do?

Allan Chochinov - Lecture

Allan Chochinov is the Founding Chair of the MFA in Products of Design graduate program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and a partner of Core77, the design network serving a global community of designers and design enthusiasts since 1995. Allan lectures widely at professional conferences, and has been a speaker and guest critic at schools including MIT, Yale School of Management, Columbia School of Business, RMIT, IIT, and Carnegie Mellon. He has moderated and led workshops and symposia at the Aspen Design Conference and the Rockefeller Center at Bellagio, and is a frequent guest critic and competition juror. Prior to SVA and Core77, his work in product design focused on the medical, surgical, and diagnostic fields (projects include work for Johnson & Johnson, Oral-B, FedEx, and Herman Miller). He has been named on numerous design and utility patents and has received awards from The Art Directors Club, The One Club, I.D. Magazine, and Communication Arts.

Berk Ilhan


Berk Ilhan is a New York-based Product and Experience Designer. His design work focuses on bringing humanity, delight, and empathy to technology. Berk's designs were recognized by over 15 international design awards including the Red Dot Best of the Best and iF Design Award.

Having worked as the Director of Innovation and Strategy for 10XBeta, Berk designed a number of groundbreaking products for company's global clients such as KLMPUMANRG, as well as health technology startups focused on disruptive innovation such as Inspiren and Myovue. During his years at 10XBeta, Berk also co-created a Design Thinking curriculum for Thomas Jefferson University's JeffSolves Incubation Program, and co-directed the program for three years, by facilitating design workshops and giving lectures.

Berk continues to design tomorrow’s products and experiences as an independent design specialist. No matter if it is a connected device or a special glassware collection, he brings his inventive imagination to create design narratives. Berk also is working on his Smile Mirror project, which is an emotionally smart mirror that is unlocked with the power of smile. With this project Berk explores how could Design be a catalyst for practicing self-kindness and cultivating joy. 

Berk received his master's degree from MFA Products of Design Program, of SVA (School of Visual Arts), in New York; and he holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Design from Middle East Technical University, Ankara.



Soft Goods Fabrication

Hamid Holloman - Workshop

Growing up on the streets of Philly, Hamid Holloman has been inspired by his surroundings in all forms. His style reflects the bold patterns, style, and vibe of city life and the people who make it come alive. By using abstract lines and vibrant colors, he is able to make a statement while stretching the imagination into new artistic views.

Currently his work is featured in galleries, commercial retail establishments, boutiques, published books, and various events from Philadelphia to New York. He is also a highly sought-after hand typographer and does custom lettering for signs, banners, buildings, and murals. When he doesn't have a paintbrush in his hand, you can find him in the workshop creating one of a kind custom clothing for both CustomLifestyle and Search & Rescue lines. He is also involved with East Coast-based Butcher Shop Rehab, a custom furniture and vintage industrial design company.

I wish Someone Told Me This 20 Years Ago

John Anastasiadis

John Anastasiadis is a Senior Manager of Industrial Design & Human Factors (IDHF) for Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices. He is currently leading the IDHF MedTech Solutions team that is responsible for the design and usability of systems that combine hardware and software components.

John is driving innovation through J&J Medical Devices by employing IDHF and design thinking principles and practices.  These activities in collaboration with internal and external stakeholders contribute to the creation of usable, useful, and desirable product solutions.  John and his team are leveraging partnerships with Medical Safety, Medical Affairs, Quality, Regulatory, and all new product development functions to mitigate product misuse and reduce user variability to enable better patient outcomes.

Since joining Johnson & Johnson in 2012, John has been able to establish an IDHF presence in multiple business units and across J&J business sectors. In 2015, John supported Janssen efforts to combat Ebola in West Africa by conducting usability research at an Ebola Treatment Center in Sierra Leone, Africa.

Prior to J&J, John designed for Michael Graves and several other innovation consulting firms, where he was able to quickly and seamlessly integrate with client business units and teams. User insight, industrial design, brand building, design research and human factors engineering are among John’s specialties.

Many of John’s designs have gone on to earn design and utility patents. Additionally, he served as Visiting Adjunct Professor of Industrial Design at Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey.

John earned a Bachelor’s of Industrial Design degree at Pratt Institute followed by an MBA from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business. 



Portfolio Building

Neil Kwiatkowski - Workshop

As an Industrial Designer, Neil creates meaningful products that help people live better. He has worked across industries throughout all aspects of the user-centered journey with clients such as OXOGatorade and Frito-Lay. Prior to joining Smart, Neil worked in footwear and textile innovation, and his expertise spans athletics, kitchen, bath, consumer electronics, and home goods. When he’s not solving design challenges, Neil is an avid soccer player, and enjoys traveling, camping, craft beers and hip hop music. He holds a BS in Industrial Design from Philadelphia University.

Design Drawing

Carter Agvent - Workshop

Carter has three years of experience in the field of footwear. Since graduating from Philadelphia University with a BS in Industrial Design, he has gone on to work for Urban Outfitters, Timberland, and currently works as a footwear designer at Cole Haan. 



Future of XYZ

Inanc Eray

Inanc Eray is Partner at Eray/Carbajo, an architecture and design studio based in New York and Istanbul, with the mission of creating concepts that solve urban, social and environmental problems. With over twenty international awards in architecture, planning and product design, Eray/Carbajo's work has been published in major publications including Fast Company, Dwell, Wall Street Journal, Domus and Arch Daily.

Inanc started his career at Zaha Hadid Architects after completing his degree at Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. Throughout the 8.5 years he spent at the firm, he completed significant projects such as the Serpentine Sackler Gallery in London. Inanc is a frequent public speaker and lecturer on the subject of design and innovation.

Previous year's speakers

Below are the people who were so awesome as to bless us with their knowledge at previous conferences.  Check out our archive for photos on last years event!




Ticket includes

  • Access to the Event
  • Raffle Tickets
  • Catered Breakfast and Lunch
  • and a GREAT TIME!

Raffle Items

  • 6 Keyshot Licenses
  • 3 Month NextFab Membership
  • Custom tote made by Hamid Holloman 
  • 2 Field Notes Assorted Items Box
  • ... and more!
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Contact Us 

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Where we are

Jefferson University (Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University)

4201 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia Pennsylvania, 19144


Where should you stay?

We understand some of you might be coming from out of town and so would need a place to stay overnight. No worries! Depending on your situation and volunteers, some students can let you "couch surf" for the weekend of the conference. There are also other options, such as actual Couch Surfing, Air BNB, a hostel, or a hotel.

If your interested in staying with a PhilaU student please fill out the form above or email us and let us know so we can provide you with a place to stay. Below are some helpful links to get you started. 







We have a team of students dedicated to keeping you as close to campus as possible! Couch Surfing is ideal if you are not coming from the Philly area, but ask soon, we have a limited number of spots. Contact us to find out more. 



Here are some of our favorite places to stay near campus. PhilaU is located in East Falls, not Center City, so getting to and from the conference will be easy!

Crowne Plaza  (215) 458 2123

Hilton  (215) 879 4000

          Air B&B