About Speaker Dan Goods…
Dan Goods was born in Palmer, Alaska and was raised in Salem, Oregon. Growing up he had no interest in art or design, or much of anything else besides creating a newsletter for his fantasy football league. By a twist of fate, a friend could see Goods’ interest and suggested that he look into art schools, at which point Goods scoffed. However, when he got home, Goods found a postcard on his bed from an art school and decided he should look into the idea. A few years later, Goods graduated valedictorian from the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, while at the same time having a baby right before his final semester.
While studying at the Art Center, he received a fellowship to work at the California Institute of Technology, a science heavyweight and consistently rated as one of the top 3 schools in the world. There he developed a love for the big ideas and questions about humanity that scientists grapple with every day and decided that he wanted to work at a research center. After school, he had the amazing opportunity to create his own job at NASA’s famed Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he is now a visual strategist. He runs a creative studio, working on everything from art pieces that speak to the incredible discoveries that NASA makes, to working with their visionaries to help them brainstorm the missions of the future. His projects are seen in public spaces, art museums and are in outer space.
Goods has his own studio where he collaborates on personal creative projects around the world. He won an International Design Excellence Award for his work on the eCLOUD which is a 110-foot-long digital sculpture at the San Jose International Airport. He has worked on other large-scale art projects at the Atlanta International Airport, at SIAS International University in China and for BMW in Paris. He has shown his work in museums around the world.
Goods was named “One of the Most Interesting People in Los Angeles” by LA Weekly and has been profiled in The Los Angeles Times, FORTUNE magazine, Leonardo magazine and the National Endowment for the Arts Magazine. He is also on the board of the Caltech Management Association and ITACCUS (International Astronautical Federation’s Technical Activities Committee for the Cultural Utilization of Space), and is an advisor to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s Art and Technology program.