Past OPEN Lectures

Open Lecture: Felix Heibeck

Tuesday, 28th May 2019

Hard Play – Exploratory Prototyping in Product Design
This talk is a collection of things I learned about how prototyping and experimentation can help throughout design projects, especially when they involve technology. I’ll share my experience from projects ranging from autonomous driving to consumer electronics that each in their way broke the mold of a pre-defined design process by allowing a sort of controlled creative chaos. Each case will show anecdotally how maintaining playfulness and experimentation can help develop better solutions.
Felix is an interaction designer, technologist and angry optimist. He works at Above, where he explores emerging technologies and imagines possible futures through prototypes, films, experiments, and interfaces. Felix is interested in physical embodiments of digital technology and increasingly involved in exploring sustainability in technology because that seems pretty important.
When: Tues. May 28th 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Victoria Kirk-Owal + Carl Alviani

Monday, 8th Apr 2019

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Narrative Prototyping: Using Stories to Make Better Design Strategy

You’re designing a new service, product, app, website, etc., and you want all the parts to work together. You want it to make sense; to be seamless. You want it to be *meaningful*. But where do coherence and meaning come from? In our experience, it’s narrative: the most meaningful experiences have the strongest stories, and a clear narrative arc makes for good strategy.

This talk discusses the psychology of storytelling and why humans tend to think in narrative. More importantly, it presents a concrete approach for turning written and visual narrative into a robust UX planning and prototyping tool, that enables rapid conceptual iteration early in a project (rather than burning hours on premature Agile sprints). Drawing on numerous real-world examples, this talk demonstrates Narrative Prototyping can inform user journeys, scenarios and service maps, and get design teams communicating and working in the same direction.

Victoria Kirk-Owal and Carl Alviani are design strategists and writers who’ve been tackling this problem for over a decade, and have found that the most meaningful experiences usually have the best stories–and that a good story always makes for better strategy.

When: Mon. April 8th 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Jen Sykes + Andreas Refsgaard

Tuesday, 2nd Apr 2019

Collaborating with Computers

In this joint Open Lecture Jen Sykes and Andreas Refsgaard will reflect upon their experiences as educators and creators when working with the computer as a creative partner. Focusing on the relationship between human and machine, the talk explores the poetic, random, error prone and often playful characteristics of this process. Taking tools often considered as means for functionality, they will discuss applying them to expressive outputs, opening up a dialogue around the materiality of computation within art and design.

Jen Sykes is a visual artist based in Glasgow, Scotland. Alongside her practice Jen is a Lecturer in Physical Computing and Interactive Prototyping at the Glasgow School of Art. Recent work includes commissions for the BBC, Glasgow International Visual Art Festival and the NeuraIPS Art AI exhibition, Montreal.

Andreas Refsgaard is an artist and creative coder based in Copenhagen. His works have been published in New Scientist, Vice, Gizmodo, PSFK and Designboom, awarded by Interaction Awards and Core77 and exhibited in museums and at festivals in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

When: Tues. April 2nd 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: Scott Paterson

Monday, 18th Mar 2019

Possibility Hours

Possibility Hours is an ongoing civic engagement project. The project facilitates complex solutions for a society-centered city. We all have power to participate in and enact change in some way and as designers, we have a unique skill to envision possibilities that can ignite the imaginations of our neighbors.

To address local & global issues, I host political, economic, and social leaders who are neighbors but strangers. During our conversations, I immerse them in signals, trends, and forecasts and then facilitate an activity that reveals common possibilities for preferable urban futures.

In this talk, Scott Paterson, will share a recent project of his studio, Adventuring Ventures, that explores the future of the Gràcia neighborhood in Barcelona.

Scott Paterson is the founder of Adventuring Ventures. He brings over 20 years of strategic creative leadership, award-winning design, and mentorship across multiple disciplines, to help public and private organizations across the globe, to design participatory methods that tackle complex urban futures. From a decade plus of international consulting with frog and IDEO, to teaching at CCA and Parsons, or his participatory artwork in the Whitney Museum and Walker Art Center’s Permanent Collection, he is passionate about creating the conditions to realize work with great impact.

When: Mon. March 18th 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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Open Lecture: David Sjunnesson

Tuesday, 12th Mar 2019

Thoughts on Data
Data is the buzzword of the century and has been labeled as the new oil. But what is it and more importantly how can it be used? In this talk, David will be musing about the implications of data on design and how we as designers can work with this material. He will pull from his experience at IDEO and hopes to facilitate an open discussion on the topic.


David Sjunnesson is a designer and maker working across industries. For 10+ years, he has helped build and elevate design thinking to an approach for problem-solving for all types of organizations, including startups, Fortune 100 companies, and non-profits. As Design Director at IDEO, he together with his teams, helps companies create new-to-the-world products and services, shape innovation capabilities, build brands, and rethinks how to work with data.

When: Tues. March 12th 2019, 17-18.

Where: CIID, Toldbodgade 37B, Ground Floor, 1253 Copenhagen K.

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