Upcoming OPEN Lectures

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Past OPEN Lectures

Open Lecture: Margaret Shear

Tuesday, 27th Aug 2019


Face the Strange: Managing Yourself and Others Through Change

As a designer working today, you’ve almost definitely had to confront change in some capacity. Maybe you’ve changed jobs or teams recently. Perhaps your organization is feeling the effects of a recent industry transformation. Regardless of the context, change can be one of life’s biggest stressors and can be deeply disorienting.

Fortunately, as designers, some of our most inherent traits make us natural leaders, ready to guide teams through uncertainty. This talk will offer tactics you can use to overcome the challenges associated with organizational change and help you flip the script from being paralyzed to energized by it.

Margaret Shear is an independent creative director based in New York City. With a background in interaction design and design research, she has collaborated with a wide range of industries and organizations to develop new products and services from strategy to pixel. From 2016–2018, she worked internally as Design Director at Condé Nast to establish a new practice of human-centered design within a legendary cultural institution facing massive disruption within the media industry.

When: Tues. August 27th 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Dianna Miller

Tuesday, 20th Aug 2019

Are We Ready to Design for Alternative Economies?

It is estimated that nearly 30% of the US population over the age of 65 is “aging alone” without the support of local family. Community-based economic models—where seniors are socially connected and can maintain reciprocal, trusted relationships—could lessen the burdens to care organizations and resulting costs to society. As creators of new potentialities, how might designers add value to initiatives aimed at addressing social-systems challenges such as this?

Transition Design is an area of scholarly inquiry that proposes how to design for alternative socio-economic and political paradigms. Designers will need to adopt new knowledge, skills, and awareness to demonstrate rigor when working alongside experts in the social sciences and adjacent fields if we are to meaningfully contribute to research and project work of this nature. This talk explores examples of challenges that aging individuals face, opportunities for design to add value to senior care initiatives, and roles that designers might assume as contributors to the development of new community-based models of care.

Dianna Miller is an associate professor in the School of Design at Syracuse University.  From 2012-2014, she was a design strategist on innovation teams at Fidelity Labs, an applied research unit of Fidelity Investments and a corporate fellow of the Stanford d.School. During that time, she became interested in the complexities of designing services that support individuals’ transformations over the life course. She is currently conducting design research looking at how to support stronger interdependent community connections among aging adults in Central New York State.

When: Tues. August 20th 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: James Tichenor + Joshua Walton

Tuesday, 25th Jun 2019

Design & Emerging Technology
A traditional view of technology suggests that it is invented in research, transferred to industry, and crafted into innovative products. However as the pace of invention and innovation increases, this model is proving inadequate for addressing the significant challenges in the world. This lecture will discuss the changing role of interaction design in the earliest parts of technology research.
When: Tues. June 25th 2018, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Francesca Desmarais

Tuesday, 18th Jun 2019

Design, Climate Crisis, & The Rational Imagination
What do our futures look like? Between the dystopia of environmental collapse and the utopia of solar-fueled floating islands lies a vast range of (more meaningful) possibilities. Design can be a superpower to amplify global efforts towards these climate-resilient futures—translating key scientific information, creating early warning services, and prototyping new services in our changed world. CIID has been fusing design practices with climate principles, developing methods and mindsets to amplify the work of policy makers, scientists, businesses, and designers. The talk will share some of the stories we’re hearing and the practices we’ve been shaping.
Francesca Desmarais is an interaction design lead with CIID, currently venturing a focus on climate adaptation. Prior to becoming a designer she worked for a leading US think tank in low-carbon design, and pioneered a campaign to reduce the embodied carbon of building materials. She has an educational background in international political economy, and is an activist with Global Aktion on climate justice.
When: Tues. June 18th 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Department of Unusual Certainties

Tuesday, 11th Jun 2019

City of Experiences: Using Emotion and Desire to Shape Future Cities

The City of Experiences is an ongoing project led by Department of Unusual Certainties that, through different experiments and engagements, continues to question how cities are constructed and who they are constructed for. If we modify the definition of cities to encompass the experiences of the invisible cities that extend beyond physical infrastructure, the city can become a space of greater potential to support and facilitate new people-to-people and people-to-object interactions.

The aim of this interactive lecture is to explore the proposal of city building through experience design, imagining the experiences of the city first and then building the physical and digital city up from those experiences, allowing us to speculate in new futures and alternate storylines of the past and using them as a driving force for design. The discussion will also touch on the true cost of products and whether our perception of sustainability accurately includes all dimensions of the impact.

Department of  Unusual Certainties (DoUC) is a multi-disciplinary studio who design collaborative processes for engagement, communication and education. In 2010, DoUC’s started as a result of a shared need to ask questions about our everyday existence. This curiosity continues to grow and has manifested over the years through projects that traverse urban design, public art, education, cartography and social engagement. Sometimes strange, beautiful or controversial, douc starts each project with a dedication to creating substantive experiences and content that people can engage with, reflect on and react to.

When: Tues. June 11th 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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