DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS: October 12, 2020
SUBMISSION FEE: $0
Tune into Radio Free Montclair, our all-digital platform that will broadcast daily during Montclair Design Week, out of Montclair Innovation Lab (part of Montclair State's Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation). To kick things off, we invite you to submit questions to our new show Please Explain, about the things that have you stumped, right in plain sight. Challenge our diverse panel of co-hosts to go deep on the everyday and overlooked, and come up with some surprising finds.
WHAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
We love questions that take us down one rabbit hole, and have us popping back up through another one – with very surprising results. The key to arriving at the perfect question is, don't overthink it. Look right around you for inspiration. Chances are, you've probably passed by something nearly every day, giving it a fleeting moment of attention before it retreats out of mind. Inspire us with your question to dig deeper. Nudge us to figure out how things got to be the way they are, or how things might change in the future. Here are some sample questions to inspire you!
Where does our garbage go?
Best place to go fishing?
What does redlining look like today?
The real story behind a strange street name?
Whether it’s about the past, the present, or the future, it’s all fair game! We'll pick our favorite questions, do some research, and bring on some knowledgeable guests from the community to help answer them.
ABOUT OUR CO-HOSTS
The discussions will be led by award-winning journalist Scott Gurian, host of"Far From Home" podcast, who will be joined each day by a different co-host who comes with a unique perspective in the world of design:
David Ayllon is a Somerville, NJ-based art director, graphic designer, and superhero aficionado who's worked for numerous clients including Marriott hotels and the Grounds for Sculpture.
Krystal Persaud is an NYC-based product designer and "Shark Tank" winner who’s obsessed with developing products that fall in the intersection of education, technology, and society. Her design collective, Grouphug Tech, is working to make solar technology more accessible.
Nahin Shah is part of an Inclusive Design / Research consultancy called Manifold. She’s an NJIT alum, and she recently completed her masters degree in Inclusive Design from OCAD University in Toronto.
Rich Tu is the Vice President of Digital Design for MTV, VH1, CMT, and Logo at ViacomCBS. He also hosts the Webby Honoree podcast "First Generation Burden", which focuses on intersectionality and diversity within the creative industry.