Upcoming OPEN Lectures

None scheduled.

Past OPEN Lectures

Sudhir Bhatia

Wednesday, 25th Jun 2014


Sudhir Bhatia is a design innovator and educator. In the past, he has been the Visiting Faculty of Interactive Design at the Indian Institute of Technology and the Pratt Institute, and the Director of Design at Symbol Technologies, now a part of Motorola Solutions. He is currently the Founder and Creative Director of bRnd Studio, a Mumbai based boutique studio and think tank committed to bringing innovation and invention to the Indian design environment by promulgating an integrative thinking process towards the development of product strategies for new and established markets.

He will present a synopsis of the history of mobile computing using a strategic planning tool designed for future casting. This exhaustive analysis delves into the object history, product life cycles, inflection points and technology trends that have been encompassed by the rise of mobile telephony, and explores their symbiotic relationship to each other and the ever evolving Zeitgeist.

The tool is composed of a series of physical cards, each of which enumerate and describe the landmark devices and turning points that have marked the development of mobile computing and communication from the 1940s to 2013. The cards can be utilized in numerous ways, whether mounted on a wall chronologically to create a time-line of technology, in a 2X2 matrix, or mixed among sketches and storyboards to add an additional dimension to a brainstorming session.

The project was executed using data collected and collated by Sudhir over the past 7 years as well as through his experiences working in the mobile hardware and software sector since 1993.

The paramount goal of this presentation and accompanying installation is not just for the attendees to get a cohesive birds eye view of the evolution and antecedents of the mobile communication industry, but also to envisage how such a tool could be useful in strategic planning. It is intended not only as a record for academic reference, but also as a tool to catalyze and inspire creativity, so that it becomes easier for designers to conceptualize their future ideas concurrent with the timeline, and thus project and predict how they may fit or deviate from the trajectories of history.

When: 5-6pm – Weds, June 25th, 2014

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

If you’d like to sign up, get your ticket here:

David Rose

Tuesday, 24th Jun 2014


Designing Enchanted Objects

Some believe the future will look like more of the same—more smartphones and tablets. David Rose has a different vision: technology that atomizes, combining itself with the objects that make up the fabric of daily living. Such technology will be woven into the background of our environment, enhancing human relationships and channeling our ancient desires for omniscience, long life, and creative expression. Come and learn about how the enchanted objects of fairy tales and science fiction will enter real life.

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When: 5-6pm – Tuesday, June 24th, 2014

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

If you’d like to sign up, get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-david-rose-tickets-11988013471

Special Projects

Thursday, 19th Jun 2014


Special Projects is a design and invention studio based in London, founded by Clara Gaggero 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 19th, 2014

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

If you’d like to sign up, get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-special-projects-tickets-11988067633

Joe Graceffa

Tuesday, 10th Jun 2014



Time Machine Manifesto is a set of design mindsets and beliefs that Joe wished someone would have delivered to him twenty years ago – although he, admittedly, would have been too much of an idiot to have paid attention. As he walks us through his thoughts, he’ll reference stories of success, screw ups, awkwardness, and rewarding twists and turns.

Joe is a Design Director at IDEO focused on developing new Brand Experiences. Over 13 years at IDEO, he’s learned how to create concepts rooted in “sticky” emotional stories by listening intensely, staying a healthy distance away from too many frameworks, constantly building things, and relying heavily on what he refers to as “informed intuition”.

During his career he’s worked on an expansive breadth of fun, engaging, and tough projects. Some recent endeavors include: injecting new life into a struggling Lincoln brand for Ford Motor Company; partnering with an Australian brewery to help connect with a younger population which has drifted away from beer consumption; developing and running Fortnight, an internal IDEO designer-in-residence program for young, inspiring talent; and his latest effort, creating new experiences for fans of the the Chicago Fire, his local MLS soccer club.

When: 5-6pm – Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

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

If you’d like to sign up, get your ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-joe-graceffa-tickets-11838927551

Chris Kray

Wednesday, 4th Jun 2014


Public Displays and Digital Signage

Public spaces are increasingly littered with screens and digital signage that bombard anyone passing with information. Most of that information is not really relevant to the place or the passers-by, which is why many people tend to ignore the displays. However, public displays can do more than just flood a place with (random) information. They have unique properties that offer distinct benefits in a large number of application scenarios.

This talk will discuss scenarios beyond animated advertisement boards, looking at places such as football stadiums and mosques. Designing and evaluating public display systems for such scenarios can be quite a challenge, and the second part of the lecture will thus focus on a light-weight approach to achieve this.

Chris Kray is based at the Institute for Geoinformatics (ifgi) at Münster, where he heads the Situated Computing Lab. He is interested in how space, people and technology interact in beneficial ways, and when they are not, he wants to understand why. Chris has a background in Artificial Intelligence, Human-Computer Interaction and Ubiquitous Computing, and has worked on various topics connected to these disciplines. Some examples include pedestrian navigation, spatialised interfaces and dynamic signage for large crowds.

When: 6-7pm – Weds, June 4th, 2014

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

If you’d like to sign up please get your (free) ticket here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/open-lecture-chris-kray-tickets-11838973689