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Dan Goods explains his life and career in one sentence: "After doing the dishes, reading bedtime stories to my kids, and spending time with my wife, I work on other creative problem solving projects around the world."

Named “One of the Most Interesting People in Los Angeles” by LA Weekly, Dan Goods created his own dream position as "Visual Strategist" at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Dan, along with his team of developers, creates works that help transform complex concepts into something that can be universally understood. Their work can seen in public spaces, art museums, as well outer space.

Using humor and an approachable style, Dan's speaking engagements takes the audience on his journey from graduating valedictorian from the graphic design program at Art Center College of Design in 2002 to his current role at NASA. Using his unusual journey as a guide, Goods explains how innovation, passion, and creativity can be unleashed to understand what it means to be you and what it means to be human.

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Drilling a hole into a grain of sand, creating a pipe organ out of soda pop bottles and coordinating people around the world to signal to a spacecraft flying past Earth on its way to Jupiter, is all in a day’s work.

Despite low grades and little direction early in life, Dan Goods found his passion and created a dream position at one of the most prestigious science and engineering institutions in the world—NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). Between his work at JPL and his own large-scale art projects around the world, Dan creates experiences that are beautiful, meaningful and profound.

He recently received an International Design Excellence Award and was named “One of the Most Interesting People in Los Angeles” by LA Weekly. A gifted speaker, he uses humor and an unpretentious and approachable style to share his unusual journey, giving insight into multidisciplinary collaborations, creativity, passion and what it means to be human.


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Seeing the Unseen: Dan Goods at TEDxSMU


Dan engages the audience at a TEDx Talk at SMU explaining how you can interact every day with something beautiful, meaningful, and/or possibly profound. Dan talks about intellectual curiosity and how to turn those concepts and ideas into real life tangible things.

Dan graduated valedictorian from the graphic design program at Art Center College of Design and last year he was select as "One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles" by the LA Weekly.

He currently works as "Visual Strategist" at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he and his colleagues create works that help transform complex concepts into something that can be universally understood.

Keynote Speech


Keynote Speech


LA Idea Project: Dan Goods



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Using his remarkable artwork as a base, Dan explains how to take things in the universe that cannot be seen by the human eye and make them real. He applies this concept to the physical world, whether it involves your business or your personal future.

Dan created his own position at NASA using his passion and creativity. His speaking engagements, filled with humor and grace, help bring the audience closer to their goals by taking weighty concepts and bringing them down to a universal level.

By creating moments in peoples lives where they can interact with something beautiful, meaningful, and/or possibly profound, Dan's programs are fun, interactive and extremely popular.

Seeing the Unseen

There are many things in the universe that exist, but cannot be seen with human eyes. This applies to the physical world as well as it does to politics, your business or your personal future. These thoughts have made an impact on Dan Goods life and work. Dan will share his remarkable artwork that brings you closer to an invisible world you never knew, while at the same time sharing his personal story of creating a career that did not formerly exist. With humor and grace, Dan distills complex and weighty concepts into stories that can be universally understood. Through his presentation, you will see that sometimes new technology is needed to see the invisible, but sometimes you just need a new perspective.





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Seeing the Unseen

There are many things in the universe that exist, but cannot be seen with human eyes. This applies to the physical world as well as it does to politics, your business or your personal future. These thoughts have made an impact on Dan Goods life and work. Dan will share his remarkable artwork that brings you closer to an invisible world you never knew, while at the same time sharing his personal story of creating a career that did not formerly exist. With humor and grace, Dan distills complex and weighty concepts into stories that can be universally understood. Through his presentation, you will see that sometimes new technology is needed to see the invisible, but sometimes you just need a new perspective.


Seeing the Unseen: Dan Goods at TEDxSMU


Dan engages the audience at a TEDx Talk at SMU explaining how you can interact every day with something beautiful, meaningful, and/or possibly profound. Dan talks about intellectual curiosity and how to turn those concepts and ideas into real life tangible things.

Dan graduated valedictorian from the graphic design program at Art Center College of Design and last year he was select as "One of the most interesting people in Los Angeles" by the LA Weekly.

He currently works as "Visual Strategist" at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where he and his colleagues create works that help transform complex concepts into something that can be universally understood.

Keynote Speech


Keynote Speech


LA Idea Project: Dan Goods