Past OPEN Lectures

Taylor Hamilton

Tuesday, 7th Feb 2017

The Film ABCs: The 26 most important things in craft, history, and currents trends of filmmaking


Taylor Hamilton, an American filmmaker and Principal Designer at frog design, will give a film 101 class in an hour. Taylor (born and raised in Hollywood, California) is a self-taught filmmaker who has cobbled together a film education from a multitude of sources. Starting off with Akira Kurosawa and ending with Zoetrope Studio, Taylor will give a fast-paced lecture on what he thinks most critical to understanding cinema (loosely organized by the letters of the alphabet). He’s used his understanding of cinema to bring clarity and emotion to the field of design — both in his work at frog design and the students of CIID.

When: Tue, Feb 7th, 2017, 5 PM.
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Jan-Christoph Zoels and Matt Cottam

Wednesday, 18th Jan 2017


This Open Lecture will be presented by Jan-Christoph Zoels and Matt Cottam. Both faculty at CIID since the pilot year, they are back to teach Introduction to Interaction Design.

For the first half of the Lecture, Jan-Christoph will speak about Experientia’s sustainable behavior change processes in the built environment. He will focus how peoples home-sweet-home exceptions fit with prefabrication, passive or domotic (Iot) home opportunities.

For the second half, Matt will present a highly visual tour of activities at Tellart during 2016 ranging from beeswax robotic celestial maps to Machinic Life to automotive artificial intelligence to trans-Atlantic racing.

When: Wed, Jan 18th, 2017
Where: CIID, Ground Floor

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Hans Jørgen Wiberg

Monday, 31st Oct 2016


Hans Jørgen Wiberg, founder of Be My Eyes, will share the story about how an almost blind, non-techie guy from Denmark managed to help blind people in 150 different countries, by connecting total strangers to each other.

Be My Eyes is an app that connects blind and visually impaired with sighted helpers from around the world via live video connection.

The organisation started the design process in 2013 with the goal to make the app very easy to use so that also people who were unfamiliar with smartphones would be able to use their service, and at the same handle time zones and 80 different languages.

 When: Mon, October 31st – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
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Nuria Solsona

Wednesday, 24th Aug 2016


The Role of Engagement in Designing City Services

Before solutions are designed organisations need to be aligned. In service development, especially in public services with complex ecosystems, all organisations involved need to first align towards the same goal: people. 

Nuria will present Livework case studies on city services that illustrate the importance of engaging stakeholders as part of the service development process. She will share examples, tools and methods that helped clients adopt a service design approach.

Nuria is a Senior service design consultant at the Livework service design consultancy. She is currently based in Helsinki, responsible of leading projects for Livework international clients. Her experience includes clients from a wide range of sectors such as BBC, Telefonica, London Underground or Thailand government.

She combines a creative perspective with a management approach garnered by studying for an MA in Innovation Management at Central Saint Martins in London which built on her background in design.

When: Fri, Wednesday August 24th – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
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Lauren Serota

Friday, 12th Aug 2016


Reality is Relative: The practicalities of designing for anyone besides yourself

Fire engine red.

If you can picture this, you’ve been exposed, at some point in your life, to a fire engine. Now, imagine you hadn’t. 

The shape of each person’s reality is determined by her individual experiences. This perspective determines what we do and don’t do, what is familiar or frightening, and how we engage with the world around us. Modern designers are expert in empathy; the danger of empathy alone is its dissolution of difference. Appropriately designed products, services, and policies come from acknowledging the unique and distinctive realities of others. Lauren will be sharing stories and frameworks on how she has reconciled these complexities of seeing in a variety of projects—from designing financial services for the rural poor in Myanmar to building strategies for corporate collaboration in Australia.

Lauren Serota leads global research, strategy and design projects both independently and as the Design Director of Studio D Radiodurans. She is a member of the founding faculty at the Austin Center for Design. Independently, as well as through past work with companies such as Lextant and frog, she has worked with a volume of commercial, government, and nonprofit clients. She regularly speaks on and teaches design, design research and social innovation.

When: Fri, August 12th – 5.00-6.00pm
Where: CIID Toldbodgade 37b Copenhagen, 1253 – Ground floor
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