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Jon Pittman

The Future of Design and Making Things




Jon Pittman

VP Corporate Strategy, Autodesk









One outcome of the first industrial revolution was the separation of designing things and making things. This led to the democratization of consumption in which design helped make things available, in volume, to the masses. The new industrial revolution will democratize the production of things. This will once again bring together the design and making of things.



Jon Pittman is Vice President of Corporate Strategy for Autodesk, the company that helps people imagine, design, and create a better world. Autodesk serves industries where design is critical to success - building, manufacturing, infrastructure, and digital media. Mr. Pittman is responsible for corporate strategy and engagement – connecting people both inside and outside the company with the big ideas that are important to Autodesk and its customers.

With over 30 years of experience in the computer-aided design and computer graphics industries, Mr. Pittman has held a variety of business development, product development, and strategy positions at Autodesk, Structural Dynamics Research Corporation (SDRC), Alias|Wavefront, and Hellmuth, Obata, and Kassabaum (HOK) Architects.

Mr. Pittman has held faculty positions at Cornell University, Art Center College of Design, Singularity University, and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He has published numerous articles and is a frequent public speaker.

Mr. Pittman holds a Bachelor of Architecture and MBA from the University of Cincinnati. He also holds a M.S. in Computer Graphics from Cornell University.

He is a licensed architect and commercial pilot.



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