Upcoming OPEN Lectures

None scheduled.

Past OPEN Lectures

Adam Little

Tuesday, 9th Feb 2016


The User Experience of Mobile Money

Adam will discuss how mobile money is being used to offer new products and services to the rural poor and ways that social enterprises are leveraging mobile money to reduce poverty around the world. He will share his experiences as an interaction designer researching and designing new products in countries like Uganda, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe and India. The lecture will show examples of how social enterprises are incorporating mobile money into their product-service ecosystems to offer new user experiences for customers at the base of the economic pyramid. 


Adam Little is a consultant with GRID Impact, a social enterprise that uses behavioral science and human-centered design to create scalable social impact for clients working in the areas of financial inclusion, agriculture, water and sanitation, education, and alternative energy. He has worked with a number of microfinance institutions and other social enterprises that use mobile money to give their customers better access to life-changing services. 



When: Tue, Feb 9th – 5-6pm

Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253

Sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-the-user-experience-of-mobile-money-tickets-20756820208

Kevin Cannon

Wednesday, 3rd Feb 2016


Design and the sleight of hand

Exploring the psychology behind magic and how it applies to design.

Magicians have been around for hundreds of years. They use a variety of techniques to amaze, tease, mystify and entertain their audiences. It’s a fascinating field, which has mostly been developed through trial and error over centuries, and has not been investigated scientifically until very recently.

In this talk, I will look at 4 core principles of magic; misdirection, illusion, persuasion and deception and explain what they are, why they work, and discuss how we already use these methods in design, both intentionally and unintentionally, and how we can start to consciously apply these methods to our own work.


Kevin is a Principal Designer at frog. Originally from Ireland, but now based in Munich, he has over 10 years experience designing a whole range of projects including mobile apps, medical devices and art installations.

At frog he creates immersive, usable products using Human-Centered Design methods. He keeps the user in mind from the very start of the project, when identifying core opportunities and concepts, and works closely with technical teams to ensure those values are carried through to production, resulting in amazing user experiences.

He is driven by a deep curiosity in both human nature, technology and how they interact.

When: Weds, Feb 3rd – 5-6pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253
Sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-kevin-cannon-tickets-20966693946 

Matt Nish-Lapidus

Wednesday, 27th Jan 2016


Beauty doesn’t have to be just skin deep, and many of the best designs throughout history have shown that. The need to make beautiful things is as critical now as it was to designers and architects over the last hundred years, only our materials and outputs have changed dramatically. Beauty is more than a layer on top of the product, it’s not superficial and “nice to have”, it’s a critical part of the human experience.

Every era has a different sense of beauty, from the renaissance through pop-art. Each of these evolutions has accompanied changes in the world, technology, culture, and politics. As the work of designers changes, so does our need to understand beauty and how to make beautiful things to put into the world. Design’s traditional critical language doesn’t adequately account for the aesthetic properties of these new kinds of design outputs and practices. We will explore a frame for beauty that extends tradition and works to evolve how we think about, and do, design in the age of the network.


Matt Nish-Lapidus

When: Weds, Jan 27th – 5-6pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253
Sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/matt-nish-lapidus-tickets-20966513406


Michael Peng

Tuesday, 19th Jan 2016


Inspiring Design

This year marks Michael Peng’s fifth-year anniversary in Tokyo, and he’s never felt more inspired. As designers, we thrive on inspiration, and Japan is overflowing with ways to stoke the creative fires, from carefully curated hospitality experiences, to beautiful, delicious food, and the incredible assortment of eclectic subcultures. Surrounded with so many creative sparks, Michael feels that it’s not just our job, but our responsibility to highlight some of the experiences that make Japan a mecca for design inspiration.

This Open Lecture will highlight places and experiences in Japan that “wow” us as designers, innovators, and human beings. They push us to think of the everyday in new ways. As with almost everything in Japan, each experience inspires a look beneath the surface to truly grasp its meaning and intention.


Mike Peng is co-founder and co-Managing Director of IDEO, Japan. He joined IDEO in 2006 and moved to Tokyo in 2011. As co-Managing Director, Mike works with colleagues to set the strategic direction of the business in Japan, mentor designers, and lead client relationships and projects. Industries Mike has worked on range from education and hospitality to financial services, food & beverages and consumer electronics. He is also a visiting lecturer at Tokyo University, Keio University, and Kyushu University.

When: Tue, Jan 19th – 5-6pm

Toldbodgade 37b
Copenhagen, 1253

Sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-inspiring-design-tickets-20756148198

Martina Pagura

Tuesday, 20th Oct 2015


Prototyping: inspiration, understanding, validation

Why do designers build prototypes? What is the goal of prototypes? Why do we sometimes talk with people to gather feedback on things made out of paper?

This lecture will showcase different ways and reasons to prototype, and how they affect the process of getting to the right solution. Different prototypes help us gather various feedback from users in different phases of the project: we ask questions to get inspiration, to understand if we are going in the right direction or to validate what we are doing. Different media and levels of resolution can help us to get diverse answers, depending on whether we want to talk about a concept at an initial stage or if we need to get feedback about functionality.

Martina is an interaction designer with a background in product design, for the past 4 years she has worked at CIID as an Interaction Designer and Prototyper.

Martina likes to find connections between abstract concepts and practical applications: She strongly believes that looking into the real world and talking to real people is the best place to harness inspiration that can then be used to drive innovation projects. Her strong ability in prototyping and her love for people-centered design processes are key factors in creating solutions that will create positive change for peoples lives.

She loves to work on new concepts (abstract or concrete) that explore the possibility of promoting new lifestyles and behaviours. Martina approaches design problems by looking into the future and imagining new ways of doing things.

When: Tue, Oct 20th – 5-6pm

Toldbodgade 37b
Copenhagen, 1253

Sign-up: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/prototyping-inspiration-understanding-validation-tickets-19097009670