In the last few weeks I've spoken at three great conferences in the US on the future of design:
Emergence06 at Carnegie Mellon on Service Design,
IIT's About, With & For on user-centred design,
And the Sarasota Design Summit.
I talked about three things: the need to design a new generation of public services, what RED is learning about how to design for behaviour change around issues like climate change and chronic disease, and transformation design as a way to bring policymakers, economists, designers and innovators together to create new solutions.
The excitement around design thinking and where it may lead businesses has been growing in the US for some time now, and these conferences highlighted the power design has to inspire and transform organisations and their offerings.
Most interestingly for me, I found a huge appetite out there for applying design to social issues - and judging by the number of relevant presentations and discussions it's a fast-growing area.
RED OPEN HOUSE - 22 September 2006
As part of the London Design Festival, on 22 September the Design Council's RED unit opens its doors and invites you to drop in and meet the team, hear about their approach and exchange ideas.
On the day we would like to talk about RED's approach to Transformation Design. In this context we will share our most recent work, including ideas on ageing and new services for older people, and the outcomes of 'Kitchen Cabinet' - a short project looking at how to better connect people and politicians.
The RED team will give a presentation at 1.00pm and there will be plenty of time given over to informal discussion with the team throughout the day.
11.00 - 7.00pm
Design Council, London
Please fill out the online form to register your interest in the event and to let us know if you would like to attend the presentation. We will be in touch shortly.
Please fill out the online form to register your interest in the event. We will be in touch with you shortly.
RED energy talk @ Dott Newcastle
Tomorrow for Dott I'll be talking about the RED energy project - the ideas we developed last summer and the energy service that our associate Robin Murray is prototyping with London. Keep up to date with Dott events on the new Dott website.
DESIGNS OF THE TIME (DOTT07): EXPLORERS CLUB
What would it mean, in practical design terms, to make one just one household, in a real place, carbon neutral? We'll discuss this scenario at the next Designs of the Time Explorers Club on 11 July. Many of the greenhouse gas emissions that come from residential households could be reduced if we made our houses more efficient, generated our own energy, switched suppliers, or simply switched off devices. But cumulative energy use is invisible, and alternative energy solutions tend to be offered by multiple, fragmented suppliers. They are therefore hard to procure. The evening will explore the design components of a whole systems solution to this challenge. Leading the discussion will be Chris Vanstone from RED at the Design Council, and Stephen Dormer from the Eaga Group. The event is at the Robert Stephenson Centre in Newcastle, UK. Tickets are free but you need to reserve by emailing Beckie Darlington by the end of this week: email@example.com
Participatory Design Conference
Expanding Boundaries in Design
Trento, Italy, August 1-5, 2006
The theme Expanding Boundaries in Design focuses attention on the multiple contexts in which design takes place and on an expanding range of possible design outcomes.
While participatory design principles and practices are most often applied to the design of technical systems and artefacts, increasingly there is both the need and the opportunity to focus PD approaches on other domains, such as physical environments, organizational practices, and IT-enabled services.
See PDC06 site for full details and to tregister
Limited Edition - end of year exhibition 2006
The end of year exhibition for the final graduating class of Interaction Design Institue Ivrea features 17 thesis projects including that of ex-RED intern and guest blogger Alex Deschamps-Sonsino. Alex's work titled, Mine, yours, ours: Design for new ownership patterns explores the potential for design in reshaping the our attitudes to ownership and use of high-tech objects. Alex looks at how we might reduce waste and curb obsolescence by extending our acceptance of sharing into this realm. For more details on Alex's work see her site, www.designswarm.com. For more information about the show check out the Interaction Design Institue Ivrea site. It opens on the 7th of June in Milan.
Core77's Design 2.0 Panel Discussion in San Francisco
Core77 are hosting their second DESIGN 2.0 event:
Discussions on Design Strategy and Innovation
Products and their Ecosystems:
Understanding the power of context in product innovation
Details as follows.....
Date: June 6th, 2006
Location: San Francisco, CA
See the Core77 site for details
From the Doors of Perception newsletter......
If the Emude seminar in Milan is too bottom-up for your taste, check out CustomerMade. The event explores the "phenomenon of user-driven innovation that goes beyond do-it-your-selfing, customization, and personalization. It's no longer a matter of choosing between models - consumers are designing the very models they choose". The speakers include Teo Härén who is billed as "Sweden's most popular lecturer on creativity'. The conference is also an opportunity to visit the new, beautifully designed IT-University by the famous Danish architect Henning Larsen. Copenhagen, 20 April.
RED's Touching the State project looked at how design might change the way people experience citizenship by looking at 3 key touchpoints between the state and citizens - jury service, voting and the citizenship ceremoy. In a similar vein, Everyday Democracy is an exhibition organised by students from Curating Contemporary Design MA, at Kingston University, in collaboration with Demos, which aims to reconnect people and their daily lives with politics. The exhibition includes a series of workshops and an element of visitor participation in the creation of the exhibition itself. Check out the Kingston University website for details.
Plea to designers to help bin throwaway culture
Designers are being urged to pitch into a national drive to make their products longer-lasting and help bin the 'throwaway culture'.
A think-tank will put designers at the heart of the sustainability debate in a unique conference at the Design Council in London in April (11 April, 2006).
Some of the country's top design researchers will come together to discuss the future of the profession and whether designers are victims or culprits in the battle to stem the nation's appetite for short-lived disposable items.
health and design
Designplus are hosting an opinion formers evening at the Design Council to discuss collaboration between industry, consultancies and research establishments to explore the increasing importance of Design in the healthcare and medical industry.
Details: 28nd March 2006, refreshments at 5pm for 5.30 start - 8.30pm finish. For further details contact James Hebbert.
Oliver King on Beautiful Minds
The Britsh Library is running a series of events celebrating the vital role of creativity in the arts, sciences and entrepreneurship as part of the new Beautiful Minds programme. It is now quite late notice but Oliver King of Engine is speaking tonight - Is there a difference between invention and innovation? Can anyone be a designer, inventor or entrepreneur? Oliver King will look at the some of the unusual design processes which have resulted in objects which we all take for granted but cannot live without and explores the designer's role in turning original ideas into things people want and in creating visions of how we might live our lives in the future.
See the British Library website for details.
Design2.0: Discussions on Design, Strategy & Innovation
Core77 are launching this new initiative with their first panel discussion taking place in New York City on Tuesday, February 28th, at the Union Square Ballroom (swanky!).
They've got design evangelist Bruce Nussbaum moderating, along with all-star panelists Kevin Farnham from Method, Marissa Mayer from Google, Jeaneanne Rae from Peer Insight, and Andrew Zolli from Z-Plus Partners. It'll run from 1pm - 6pm, with check-in and snacks, presentations, panel discussion, Q&A, networking, and a full-on cocktail reception.
Here's the link.
Energy, IT and Design - Jennie goes to Sweden
On the 17th of January our Senior Design Strategist, Jennie Winhall, will be speaking at the Swedish Energy Council's Energy, IT and Design Conference in Eskilstuna, Sweden. Jennie will talk about design as a means to address social and economic issues using the Future Currents project as a case study. The conference is a collaboration with the Power Unit of the Interactive Institute Sweden (TII) who we have mentioned before on this blog with reference to their Static project. If you are interested in further details for the conference best to email the conference secretary, Lars, who should be able to give details.
What isn't design?
What isn't design? This is your chance to engage in the controversy over the changing definition of contemporary design, together with 2005's Designer of the Year Hilary Cottam, product designer Jane Dillon, Mark Delaney of Plan and Marcus Fairs, editor of icon magazine, in Script, the first of a new series of topical monthly design debates in the Design Museum Space. The debate will run from 7pm to 8.15pm, with doors opening at 6.45pm. Tickets for each Script session - including a couple of drinks - cost £5 each.
For information about Script and to book, please contact 020 7940 8783 or email the Design Museum directly.
The second icon Pecha Kucha night will take place at the ICA, London on Thursday 9 February. The format is 16 participants (architects, designers, artists and other creative types) showing 20 slides for 20 seconds each - their work, their concepts, their ideas. The Pecha Kucha format was invented by Klein Dytham Architects in Tokyo and this is the second of 2 pilot London nights. Tickets will go on sale on Monday 9 January through the ICA box office - phone 020 7930 3647 or email.