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Brian Black

MA work

MA work

The Overview Effect

In a near future where manned missions to Mars and beyond become feasible and common, how do space agencies share their accomplishments and engage with the public? The Overview Effect is an experience concept designed to increase public understanding by allowing users to remotely operate unmanned rovers on other worlds using a virtual reality interface.  The intention is to provide the public with a more visceral and meaningful experience in hopes this will elicit a greater understanding for the intention behind manned space exploration, and our place in the universe.



  • MA Degree


    School of Design


    MA Vehicle Design, 2017

  • Automotive Experience Designer

    The next several years are going to bring enormous changes in how we purchase, own, and interact with our cars.  Much of what differentiates one auto maker from the next will come down to a message or brand experience. What is the message you are trying to say?  How is your experience different from the next? What value do you bring to a customers life?

    I am passionate about vehicles and cars.  It is was led me to focus my career from product design to vehicles. The experiences I've had in them and the connections with people I've made around them has been a specifically positive theme in my life, and this has directed me as a designer to focus my work on bringing these positive interactions to others. 

    Those that have worked with me know I revel in harnessing a new piece of software or experimenting with a new material. Discovery and application is where I am happiest. To imagine, to prototype, and to produce innovations focused on a better product interaction.

  • Degrees

  • BFA Industrial Design, Art Institute of Colorado, 2010
  • Experience

  • Transportation design intern, DCA Design International, Warwick 2016; TAXA Outdoors, Lead designer, Houston 2012–2015
  • Awards

  • Modern Lifestyle Award, Dwell Magazine, 2012