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TEDxNOLA - Michael McDaniel - Reaction Emergency Housing System

Michael McDaniel was born and raised in Centreville, Mississippi. He earned a B.F.A with an emphasis in graphic design from Mississippi State University where he remains actively involved serving on the College of Architecture Art and Design's advisory board. After beginning his design career in California, he now lives in Austin, Texas, where he is a Senior Designer at frog design. Prior to joining frog design in 2008 as a Senior Designer, he worked on large, diverse teams to solve complex interaction, experience, transportation, wayfinding, environmental, and branding problems for a variety of industries. His broad skill set and thoughtful approach to design has led to very unique and effective solutions for a variety of clients including Sprint, AT&T, American Airlines, Best Buy, HP, and Disney. Michael's work on design teams for M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, has been recognized by several professional design organizations, including the Society of Environmental Graphic Designers (SEGD). His redesign of the entire Interstate Highway System won top honors from the Cooper Union in 2006. His design work has been featured in major design publications such as Print, Critique, Communication Arts, How, and Step Inside Design. Michael's Reaction Housing System has been featured by GOOD magazine several times including an online documentary. His heart is truly in using meaningful design to help people in their daily lives. This goal is apparent from his development of various systems to help weakened patients around hospitals to housing systems designed to aid communities in rebuilding their lives following major disasters. About TEDx, x = independently organized event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.) About TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at
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