Designer, Educator, Musician (in no particular order)
- Austin, Texas (Austin, Texas Area)
Brent Dixon's Overview
- Founder at The Cooperative Trust
- Designer & Interactive Curator at TEDxAustin
- Advisor at Filene Research Institute
- Teaching Fellow at Singularity University
- Creative Director at Trabian
- Graphic Designer at Freelance
- Support at Texas A&M University Computing Information Systems
- Art Director at Houston's TravelHost Magazine
- The University of Texas at Austin
- The School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe
Brent Dixon's Summary
￼When Brent was a kid, he wanted to be a tractor. That didn’t work out, and so he’s a designer, musician, and educator living in Austin, TX.
Brent is an MFA design candidate at the University of Texas where he studies design, music therapy, and interactive technology.
He runs The Habdash, a creative consultancy, and is a board member of The Cooperative Food Empowerment Directive, a network that empowers students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses.
In 2013 Brent organized hands-on art, design, and technology workshops with kids at Travis Heights Elementary School, Dell Children’s Hospital, TEDxYouth@Austin, Dallas Makerspace, SXSWEdu, Brooklyn’s Alpha One Labs, and NYU’s Tisch School of Arts designed to help children open new doors to creative inquiry and exploration.
He was a 2012 Teaching Fellow at Singularity University and mentored 80 students from 36 countries on using disruptive technology to address global challenges. In 2010 while advising for The Filene Research Institute, Brent founded the The Cooperative Trust, a grassroots network of hundreds of young people fighting for the future of socially responsible finance.
Brent also recorded and released "Cradle to Cradle," a five-song collection that is available for your ears on iTunes and Spotify.
Prior to founding his studio, Brent spent five years as Creative Director of Trabian, an Indianapolis-based interactive agency.
His work is driven by a fascination for what makes people tick.
Specialties: losing keys.
Brent Dixon's Experience
Sole Proprietorship; 1-10 employees; Design industry
September 2008 – Present (6 years 1 month)
A creative studio that loves you and wants to pinch your rosey little cheeks.
Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
November 2012 – Present (1 year 11 months) Berkeley, CA
Inspiregize, set, and evaluate the organization's strategic direction. CoFED empowers students to create ethically-sourced, cooperatively-run food enterprises on college campuses.
Nonprofit; 11-50 employees; Financial Services industry
November 2009 – February 2013 (3 years 4 months)
Launched Millennial applied research initiative and proved commercialized research business model, lead strategic brand redesign. Gave George Hofheimer ulcers.
Educational Institution; 11-50 employees; Higher Education industry
June 2012 – August 2012 (3 months) NASA Ames Research Center, Mountain View, CA
Mentored students to converge global grand challenges with exponentially growing technologies into beautiful answers.
Educational Institution; 10,001+ employees; Higher Education industry
November 2001 – October 2004 (3 years)
Helped users of the Open Access Labs with design and production software.
Brent Dixon's Projects
- January 2011 to Present
"Youth is too serious to become obedient." - Edward Filene
The future of consumer finance is cooperative and socially enriching. We bring together the young people who want to build that future together.
- June 2012 to February 2013
Team Members: Brent Dixon, Robert Wuss, Carrie Jaquith, Tim Bartlett, Elizabeth Rhodes, Sergio Krakowski
- June 2013 to Present
Inspired by Imogen Heap's midi gloves, our team decided to build our own version. Using online resources we conducted research, bought materials, and got to work. We are now all proud owners of a truly cool midi remote.
Brent Dixon's Skills & Expertise
- User Experience
- Graphic Design
- Public Speaking
- Design Thinking
- Video Editing
- Concept Development
- Out Of the Box
- Strategic Planning
- Social Media
- Public Relations
- Web Design
- Marketing Communications
- Marketing Strategy
- New Media
- Online Marketing
- Brand Development
Brent Dixon's Education
Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Design
2013 – 2015 (expected)
The School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe
Art & Technology
2014 – 2014
"School of Machines, Making & Make-Believe is an organisation dedicated to the imaginative and non-sensical exploration of art and technology. We’re passionate about interactivity and storytelling."
2013 – 2013
Extracted our own DNA, analyzed ancestry through bioinformatics, spliced genes into bacteria, and learned all the standard techniques such as using pipettors, gel electrophoresis, amplifying DNA with PCR reactions, working with restriction enzymes to build plasmids, and growing and transforming bacteria.
ITP Summer Program, Art & Technology
2013 – 2013
A summer of digital fabrication, creative coding, and interactive media at the "school for the recently possible."
BA, Journalism & Public Relations
2000 – 2004
Brent Dixon's Additional Information
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- consulting offers
- new ventures
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