Upcoming OPEN Lectures

Jenny Shirey & Wouter Walmink (CITRIX)

Wednesday, 27th May 2015


Demystifying the Role of In-house Designers

This role of the Product Designer (also often called “UX designer”) is increasingly crucial to the success or failure of software products. In the past few years there has been a rise of design-driven startups such as Airbnb, Pinterest, and Dropbox, as well of a renewed focus on design at large companies like Google and Intuit.

So, what does it mean to be a product designer at a software company? What is specific to designing a digital product, rather than a website, and working in-house, rather than at an agency?

During this talk, Wouter Walmink and Jenny Shirey will answer these questions based on first-hand experiences working as designers at a range of companies, from small startups to large global corporations. They will talk about the practical details such as tasks, processes, and environments at these companies. They will also share personal stories about the positives, the negatives, and the biggest misconceptions about in-house product design.


Jenny Shirey is a Lead Product Designer at Citrix GoToAssist, where she uses human-centered design methods to create better customer support experiences. She has 9+ years of experience as a designer, starting out in print design and transitioning to UX and product design after receiving a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Wouter Walmink is a designer at Citrix Podio, where he works to make Podio the most flexible tool for managing any kind of business. He loves cracking complex problems with a mix of user research, design exploration or systematic thinking. Before joining Citrix, he ran his own company called Studio Ludens, worked for a research lab in Australia and moved to Denmark in 2013 to study at CIID.


When: 5-6pm – Weds, May 27th, 2015

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

Sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-jenny-shirey-wouter-walmink-citrix-tickets-17062384050

Past OPEN Lectures

Marco Triverio

Tuesday, 26th May 2015


Designing Products for Humans

Interactions characterise our lives. From the moment we wake up we interact with the objects around us and increasingly so, with the digital world. Only some of those interactions feel meaningful and resemble the human dimension we often long for.

We are often delighted by those interactions that elicit an emotional reaction and communicate with us in a human way.

How do we design the physical and digital entities around us speak in a more human way?

Marco Triverio is a Product Design Lead at IDEO San Francisco, where he helps teams uncover latent behaviours, needs, and emotions to build solutions that feel deeply humane and personal.

His work has been recognized by the Interaction Design Awards, Core77 Design Awards, and Lovie Awards.

When: 5-6pm – Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

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

Sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-marco-triverio-tickets-17120587137

Joshua Noble

Tuesday, 19th May 2015


3 Years On: how I finally learned how to understand what I learned in design school. What I’ve learned so far about the design industry and some thoughts on what it means to choose design as a career.

Joshua Noble is a principal designer at Teague in Seattle where he focuses on smart objects and spaces and tools for creation and creativity. He’s the author of six books on code and electronics for artists and designers and writes, teaches, and speaks on interaction design, technology and contemporary art. As an undergraduate he studied linguistics and cognitive science and in 2011 he graduated from CIID.

When: 5-6pm – Tues, May 19th, 2014

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

Sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-joshua-noble-tickets-16938218668

Marie Koch

Wednesday, 13th May 2015


Doing, Making and Being

What is it to learn?
Marie Koch is searching for new valuation and thinking that will increase knowledge within the field of artistic and design research seen from the perspective of the learner.
Research is entering unexplored territories within craftsmanship as well as exploring the interface of doing art, craft and design and doing textile graffiti. The overall purpose is meant to lead to a mirroring of learning and identity in formal learning spaces and in informal spaces.
This lecture will take you through learning processes based on activists doing graffiti and a cross-disciplinary discussions between an artist, a mathematician and a didactic approach to creation.

Marie Koch works at CIID Research and Education where she helps shape new strategies and research agendas in close collaboration with the CIID network. She has many years of teaching experience at various institutions in subjects such as textile experiments, scenography, fashion design and history.
For eight years Marie was a rector at The Teachers College for Arts and Crafts, Kerteminde were she took the initiative to challenge traditional arts and crafts education from the perspective of modern society. 

When: 5-6pm – Weds, May 13th, 2014

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



Tuesday, 12th May 2015


Sweet and Sour Futures

We are building a future of things that observe us and the environment, things that learn and that are trained to take decisions for us. Things that we do not only interact with, but actually live with.

In this lecture we will tap into the weird, awkward, and potentially ironic relationships that emerge with objects of near futures in our homes. Using a mix of speculative design and storytelling Simone will talk about some sweet objects with very sour aftertaste.

Simone is an Interaction Designer at Frog in Shanghai where he designs digital, tangible and behavioural interfaces – and tortures many objects. In his work he tries to build futures that are not perfect glass homes, but something that looks like a messy present with some unexpected glitches.

He started as product designer but then realised that he preferred sensors to chairs. He moved to Sweden where he was a researcher at Mobile Life Institute, designing Pervasive Gaming experiences. He graduated from Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he focussed on tangible interfaces, interactive spaces and playing with generative architecture.

When: 5-6pm – Tues, May 12th, 2014

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

Sign-up: www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-simone-rebaudengo-tickets-16937556688