Upcoming OPEN Lectures

Katrine Rau

Tuesday, 11th Aug 2015


Co-creating the Industrial Internet

The Industrial Internet is the Internet of BIG Things: windmills, oil-rigs, medical equipment, jet engines…These machines are starting to “talk.” As designers, it’s our job to help others understand what they’re saying. If we do our job right, we have an unprecedented, global opportunity to improve healthcare, increase transportation and energy efficiency, and eliminate waste across every major industry.

At GE, this opportunity is too complex for any one person or group to address. That’s why they are taking a very hands-on and collaborative approach to designing the Industrial Internet. Co-creation is a big part of how GE work.

In this talk, Katrine will explore the challenges inherent in designing for the Industrial Internet, and ways that GE use co-creation processes to pioneer design in this new frontier.

What is the Industrial Internet?
What unique challenges does GE face in designing in this space?
How are GE using co-creation with their customers?
How can designers have more influence in strategy for new products?

It’s one thing to incorporate service design methods into one-off projects; it’s a whole other thing to make service design an integral way of working within a massive corporation. At GE, they are doing just that – using service design to change the energy business from the inside out. Embracing service design as a way to increase collaboration and innovation.


Katrine Rau is a Senior UX Researcher at GE. She is passionate about seeing companies change from within and believes that taking a user-centric approach towards product and service creation can transform organisations.

This event is co-hosted by CIID and Service Design Network Denmark.

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When: Tuesday, August 11th – 5-6pm

Toldbodgade 37b
Copenhagen, 1253


Past OPEN Lectures

David Sherwin

Friday, 10th Jul 2015


Designing for Positive Habits and Behaviours

We live in a world where we expect the applications and services we use every day to not only help us do what we want to do, but encourage us to help reach our goals in ways that will make us healthier, wealthier, and happier.

In this talk, David Sherwin will explore a growing trend in the interactive space, where product designers are using techniques drawn from the social sciences to support and shape the choices their users make. With the tools provided in this talk, you can create your first draft of a product intended for positive behavior change, as well as understand the challenges of testing your design solutions in a responsible manner.


David Sherwin is an interaction designer and creative director with expertise in guiding multidisciplinary teams in the creation of novel products and services. David is currently Director of User Experience at lynda.com, an online learning product utilized by millions of people worldwide to learn the skills they need to succeed and pursue their passions. He is also a Fellow at frog, a global product design and strategy firm, where he previously served as an Interaction Design Director. His clients have included GE, AT&T, Microsoft, JPMorgan Chase, Girl Effect, Tipping Point Community, UNICEF, and many others in the nonprofit and for-profit sectors.

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When: Friday, July 10th – 3pm

Where: (please note, this talk will not take place at the CIID studio)

KEA – Copenhagen School of Design and Technology
Guldbergsgade 29
2200 København N
(Exact room TBC, if you sign up, we will email you the details on the day)

Please enter through the bike entrance and come up in the lift to P4!

Sign-up here: https://www.eventbrite.com

Todd Siegel

Monday, 29th Jun 2015


Interaction First Design

In this talk and demo, Todd will explore an alternative workflow for designing and prototyping mobile apps.

Why are static tools like Sketch or Photoshop (even with artboards) used to design, layout, and think through interactive animated experiences? Does this not create a waterfall between visual design tools and interaction design tools > where the static assets are ported?

Avoiding context switching and stop disrupting your prototyping flow. Try designing and sketching interaction flows and animation using prototype level assets – all within the same tool context.

Todd will demo a live prototype in 30ish minutes linking initial paper sketches into flows, adding scrolling and transitions, then progressively enhacing with high enough fidelity assets along with refined interactive animation – all within Proto.io.

Todd Siegel is a product designer, entrepreneur, and wordsmith based in San Francisco.

Todd specialises in prototyping native iOS apps with interactive animation – and has given talks and demos on mobile prototyping at Xerox PARC, General Assembly, Apps World, Protohack, and range of companies such as Live Nation, Cibo, Linden Labs, PayPal, Salesforce and others…

He serves as the product evangelist for Proto.io – a tool for creating prototypes that feel real – without coding (and within minutes). Todd is represented by 10x Management (talent agent for independent developers and designers) and was recently interviewed in the New Yorker about the future present of work.

When: 5-6pm – Monday, June 29th, 2015

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

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If you’d like to do a bit of reading beforehand, here’s an article Todd wrote on Prototyping Interactive Animation: bit.ly/PrototypingInterativeAnimation

Special Projects (Clara & Adrian Westaway)

Thursday, 25th Jun 2015


Special Projects is a design and invention studio based in London, founded by Clara and Adrian Westaway – who formerly ran Vitamins.

In this talk, Clara and Adrian will talk about how the studio tackled three projects which completely transformed ordinary objects: a user manual, a blood pressure monitor and a calendar.

They will describe the briefs given to them, and the explain design process they used to research and transform the ordinary into the extraordinary by fusing the physical and digital worlds.


When: 5-6pm – Thursday, June 25th, 2015

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

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Francisco Gomez Paz

Wednesday, 24th Jun 2015


Since opening his design office in Milan in 2004, Francisco Gomez Paz has developed products for leading design companies such as Artemide, Driade, Danese, Lensvelt, Luceplan, Olivetti and Sector among others.

Francisco’s approach to design is driven by his own curiosity, the knowledge of technology and materials and a highly experimental hands-on creative process.

His work has received several international recognitions such as the Good Design Award 2010 and the Red Dot Award 2010; he has been honored together with Alberto Meda with the First Prize of the Index Award for the Solar Bottle, which has also been selected for the MOMA’s Study Collection and recently he received the Prize of Prizes to Innovation in Design from Italy’s president Giorgio Napolitano for the Hope chandelier and the prestigious Compasso d’Oro 2011.

He is active in the fields of research and education, he is visiting professor at Domus Academy from 2000 and has held lectures in Italy and abroad. His projects have been exhibited in several international events and published by main design publications.

Works and lives in Milan.


When: 5-6pm – Weds, June 24th, 2015

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37b, 1253, Copenhagen K, DENMARK

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