Upcoming OPEN Lectures



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Past OPEN Lectures



Mike Peng

Wednesday, 9th Aug 2017

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Wet Chopsticks, White T-Shirts, and Other Inspiring Stories from Japan

In 2011, I moved to Japan to help start the IDEO Tokyo studio and immediately started collecting a list of things that push us to think of the everyday in new ways. As designers, we thrive on inspiration, and this country is overflowing with it, from carefully curated hospitality to an incredible assortment of subcultures. As with everything in Japan, each experience compels a look beneath the surface to truly grasp its meaning and intention.m

When: Wed, Aug 9th 2017, 5 PM.

Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Daniel Letts

Wednesday, 2nd Aug 2017

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Service Design’s coming of Age – the next big challenge

You could say that in the last couple of years Service Design has come of age. It’s now on everyone’s agenda and very much in demand. Its practices and methodologies have been widely adopted, and it’s taught in courses all over the world. And yet there’s a real danger that it won’t deliver on its initial promise.

This is because an essentially creative way of looking at the world faces real problems when inserted into a traditional, hierarchical, left-brain type of organization (in other words pretty much every organization out there).

There’s no doubt these organisations need Service Design and the Design Thinking mindset that comes with it – but how can we ensure that the improvements and innovations it creates have the best possible chance of making it into the real word and taking root?

This is the challenge for the next phase of Service Design, when it moves from adolescence to maturity. And just as importantly it’s a challenge for organisations to move beyond paying lip service to creativity and truly embrace it within their business.

When: Wed, Aug 2nd 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Simone Rebaudengo

Tuesday, 27th Jun 2017

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~6 hours in the future

There is a lot of talk recently about WeChat and its infinitely nested services, the crazy e-commerce products and platforms, the digital treasures of the markets of Shenzhen and the fast pace of evolution of infrastructures and businesses happening in the the megacities in China. Even fiction writers are asking for the need of a new literally genre, the “ultra-unreal”, to describe how Modern China surpassed every fictional scenario. In this talk Simone Rebaudengo will share a little piece of this ‘future’ or ‘parallel present’, stories and projects from his experience as design consultant and as part of automato.farm. working and designing ~6 hours in the future.

When: Tue, June 27th 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Gene Kogan

Tuesday, 13th Jun 2017

Gene Kogan

Learning interaction

This lecture reviews the intersection of machine learning and interaction design. It will focus on applications of neural networks which infer, describe, and map high-dimensional data fast enough for a human being to respond to it. As machine learning becomes more adept at information processing, the scope of interaction design will gradually widen to include scenarios previously unfit for automation, challenging designers to consider how to integrate these new capacities into their workflows in the most beneficial ways. The lecture will include a demonstration of ml4a, a collection of practical resources to help artists, designers, and activists acquaint themselves to AI.

When: Tue, June 13th 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Yasaman Sheri

Tuesday, 6th Jun 2017

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In Dialogue with the Sciences

The 21st century has blossomed to grant us with technological advancements in computer vision, augmentation, synthetic biology and artificial intelligence. Naturally, we are inclined to ask questions around ownership, control, and the limits of machine, nature and human alteration. As we expand tracking, build autonomous machines, push intelligence and redefine our living materials, we challenge the boundary of what is human, machine or nature and venture in to a new world of moral landscape. What new forms will we give to represent the world when we augment our perceptual apparatus? When we alter our senses, perception, ecology and urban landscape, what kinds of systems will be inclined to create and what ethical implications might we stumble upon? The new era of design requires us to cultivate a curious and critical mind to help facilitate important conversations among other disciplines and begin bridging gaps with not only computer science but also social and life sciences.

Yasaman Sheri is a Designer and Researcher who works with new technologies to explore possible and becoming futures. Her research focuses on Life Sciences, Synthetic Sensing and Augmentation.

When: Tue, June 6th 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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