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Ben Barry of Facebook gives lecture Feb. 22 at MSU

February 16, 2011

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Ben Barry, who is focused on developing the voice and brand for social media giant Facebook, will lecture at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at Reynolds Recital Hall at Montana State University.

Barry is a communication designer, illustrator, printer, programmer and thinker for Facebook. His focus has been developing Facebook's presence, voice and brand. His lecture is titled, "Move Fast and Break Things."

"It's an exciting opportunity to be able to focus on developing such a young brand that millions of people all over the world already interact with on a daily basis," Barry said. "I am immensely interested in the massive potential that we have to influence social change by encouraging an atmosphere of openness and sharing."

Barry is a graduate of the University of North Texas. He worked for the design firm and screen-printing shop The Decoder Ring in Austin, Texas, before joining Facebook. There he honed his skills with a range of clients, doing packaging, merchandising and a lot of screen-printed posters. He's also an alumni of John Bielenberg's experimental design education program, Project M, where he explored the role graphic designers can play in encouraging social change.

Barry's presentation is sponsored by the MSU Graphic Design Program as part of the group's ongoing lecture series. It is free and open to the public.

Jeffrey Conger (406) 994-2292, jconger@montana.edu