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Nathan Felde

Nathan Felde is Professor of Design in the Art + Design Department in the College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern University. He holds a Master of Science from MIT’s Department of Architecture, was a founder of Lightspeed Computers and Executive Director of broadband media research laboratories for NYNEX (now Verizon). His design work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum and the Musée de la Arte Decoratif in Paris and has received recognition from the American Academy in Rome, AIGA, International Union of Concerned Scientists, NEA and the Aspen International Design Festival.

His projects include work for Bitstream, Fujitsu, Mercedes Benz, Samsung, Harvard School of Business and Orange Labs. Nathan trained and performed for many years as a classical violist, is a Colonel in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, has sailed across the Atlantic and worked with semper fiber to promote creativity and innovation amongst young people in devastated regions of the world. His current focus is delineating a new conceptual framework for experience design that studies attention and trust as coefficients of aesthetics and etiquette.


Research/Publications Highlights

• Institute for Study of Anticipatory Systems; Art of the March Poster Collection; “A Table of Universal Aspects”, Infinite Instances, Olga Ast, Editor, NYC, Mark Batty Publisher, 2011

• “Toward a Model of Innovation” Interactions, ACM, Vol. XV.1, Jan – Feb. 2008: 28-36.

• “From Wilderness to Bewilderment” Design Management Journal, Vol. 14, No. 4, Fall, 2003: 10-17

• “The Metabolism of Information” New England’s Journal of Higher Education, Vol. IX, No. 2, 1994: 26-28

• “Healthcare Communications” International Symposium on Information, Beijing, China, 1994

• “Multiplexing Media” Communications Magazine: Special Issue on Multimedia, I.E.E.E. Vol. 30 Issue 5, 1992: 90-98

• “Seeing Things in a New Light” Communication Arts Magazine, Vol. 32, 1980

• Public Works: The Posters of Nathan Felde and Julius Friedman. Louisville: Hawley Cooke Publishers, 1979

• “Implement, Ltd” Communication Arts Magazine, Volume 20, 1978: 42-48

Professional Affiliations

• Colonel, Commonwealth of Kentucky


Art + Design


  • M.S, Department of Architecture, MIT
  • Music-konservatoriet i Oslo; Interlochen Arts Academy


  • 2011 Lesley University, Impact Award
  • 1994 Commonwealth of Kentucky, Honorary Colonel
  • 1982 American Academy of Rome, First Alternate for Design Fellowship
  • 1981 Union of Concerned Scientists, First Prize – Poster Design
  • 1979 New York Art Director’s Club, Gold Award
  • 1978 American Institute of the Graphic Arts, Poster Annual Prize Exhibition

Professional Experience

  • Founder, Communication Arts and Technology Group and Lightspeed Computers; President, SimX Inc.
  • Executive Director of broadband media research laboratories and university sponsored research programs for NYNEX (now Verizon)
  • Partner, Images; Proprietor, memesplicing; Publisher, Vicino Press
  • Originator, Oksbo – Turn knowledge inside out.™

Past Clients

  • Bitstream
  • Fujitsu
  • Mercedes Benz
  • Samsung
  • Harvard School of Business
  • Texas Gas Transmission
  • Socratic Systems
  • Pharmetrics
  • Orange Labs

Research Focus

  • Design
  • The role of the studio in design education
  • Delineating a new conceptual framework for experience design that studies attention and trust as coefficients of aesthetics and etiquette

Courses Taught

  • Graduate Thesis MFA Information Design and Visualization
  • Curiosity, Conversation and Connection
  • Design Process, Context, and Systems
  • Exploring Design in Your Life
  • Identity and Branding
  • Experience Design
  • Design Systems