jamer_hunt_profile“From the vexing challenges of sustainable growth to the disintegration of the Unites States’ nineteenth-century infrastructure; from the intractable complications of risky human settlement patterns to the perverse co-presence of obesity and hunger epidemics in developed and developing countries; and from problems in our backyard to those of global span: the world is on fire and many of us believe that design can play a role in extinguishing some of the blazes.”

Jamer Hunt collaboratively designs open and flexible programs that respond to emergent cultural conditions. He is the Director of the experimental graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons The New School for Design. His practice, Big + Tall Design, combines conceptual, collaborative, and communication design, and he is co-founder of DesignPhiladelphia, now the largest city-based design festival in the US. He is a Fast Company Expert Design Blogger and Huffington Post Education Blogger, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Center for Design, the Editorial Board of the journal Design and Culture, the Board of Directors of the Victor Papanek Foundation, and on the Icograda Design Education Manifesto Steering Committee. With MoMA and SEED Magazine he collaborated on and co-hosted MIND08: The Design and Elastic Mind Symposium as well as the project Headspace: On Scent as Design in 2010. He has consulted or worked at Smart Design, frogdesign, WRT, Seventh Generation, and Virtual Beauty. His written work engages with the poetics and politics of the built environment and has been published in various books, journals, and magazines, including I.D. magazine, which published his Manifesto for Postindustrial Design.


PhD, Social and Cultural Anthropology, Rice University


  • Designing the public realm
  • Critical and conceptual design
  • Transdisciplinary design
  • Industrial design
  • Design and society


  • Design and Ethnography
  • Collab: Supernormal Futures (with Fiona Raby)
  • Thesis Preparation (Transdisciplinary Design)
  • Professional Communication (Transdisciplinary Design)
  • Intensive 1,2 (Transdisciplinary Design)
  • Design 4: Information Design (Design and Management)
  • Transdisciplinary Seminar 1 (Transdisciplinary Design Graduate Program)
  • Projects Studio 1 (Transdisciplinary Design Graduate Program)
  • Collab: Critical Experiments in the Smell fo Space and Time


Journal of Design Strategies: Transdisicplinary Design, Guest Editor (Summer 2012)

2011 “Nervous Systems and Anxious Infrastructures”
Catalog essay for exhibition Talk to Me
Museum of Modern Art: New York2010 “Prototyping the Social: Temporality and Speculative Futures at the Intersection
of Design and Culture”
Design Anthropology, Alison Clark ed.
New York/Wien: Springer Verlag
“Manifesto for Postindustrial Design,” I.D. magazine (December 2005)