Past OPEN Lectures



Open Lecture: Rune Madsen

Tuesday, 19th Feb 2019

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Programming Design Systems
In this talk, design and programmer Rune Madsen will present his work in the intersection of graphic design and programming languages. The talk will focus on key concepts from his book Programming Design Systems, and how these same ideas influence the work of his company Design Systems International when creating dynamic identities, custom design tools, and design systems for digital products.
Rune Madsen is a designer, artist, and educator who use programming languages to create things with the computer. As a co-founder of Design Systems International, he specialises in code-based design projects including non-trivial interfaces, custom design tools, design systems, and dynamic branding projects. He is also the author of Programming Design Systems and Rune.js. He believes in simplicity, organized complexity, and that the pragmatic and poetic is inseparable.
When: Tues. February 19th 2018, 17-18.

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

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Open Lecture: Erik Dahl

Tuesday, 22nd Jan 2019

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Designing Our Future(s)
Design is increasingly gaining influence in the companies we work in and the world at large, which means our actions as designers have an increasing influence on shaping the world around us. All of our individual choices collectively form our manufactured world, and these choices shape our behaviour and thoughts.
Do you know where the choices you are making are leading, not just on the scale of your project, but on a larger scale? Are you making choices that matter or choices that lead to desirable outcomes? Are you designing mindfully for our larger collective futures or are you just “checking a box” or blindly chasing the latest design craze or “silver bullet” process?
The success of good design isn’t new and relies on a core set of first principles that if followed lead to better outcomes, but it is up to all of us to make it happen. Join Erik as he discusses these first principles of good design as we collectively shape our future, and create the world that you want to live in.
When: Tues. January 22nd 2018, 17-18.

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

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Open Lecture: David and Mary Sherwin

Wednesday, 9th Jan 2019

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Turning People into Teams: Rituals and Routines that Redesign How We Work
Today’s teams want more alignment among their members, better decision-making processes, and a greater sense of ownership over their work. Join us as authors and design experts David and Mary Sherwin share from their new book, Turning People into Teams: Rituals and Routines That Redesign How We Work, which was released in October 2018 and is distributed internationally by Penguin Random House.
Inspired by their long-running CIID course “Collaboration Techniques for Designers,” the book contains dozens of practical activities that help teams find a common purpose at the beginning of a project, get unstuck, and wrap things up before moving on to new teams. Customizable for any industry, work situation, or organizational philosophy, these rituals have been used internationally by many for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. By implementing just a few of these rituals, a team can capture the strengths of each individual for incredible results, making choices together that matter.
David Sherwin and Mary Sherwin are cofounders of Ask The Sherwins, LLC, a consulting and training firm that helps organizations around the world develop the capabilities they need for stronger teamwork. They have coached product and service design teams and developed innovation training for organizations such as Philips Oral Healthcare, Google UX Community and Culture, and Eventbrite. The Sherwins have collaborated on three books, including the bestseller Creative Workshop. They are both on the visiting faculty of Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design’s graduate design program.
When: Wednes. January 9th 2019, 17-18.

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

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Open Lecture: Lennart Briesenick

Tuesday, 20th Nov 2018

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Happy Teams – A story from Olympic sailing
Team work is essential in today’s world across the entire spectrum of society. Most of us have our own experiences with team work and for many it is a regular part of their everyday life.
Professional (Olympic) sailing provides an interesting environment to support and observe teams operating in high-pressure situations as the sport comes with a great deal of complexity. A gold medal is the ultimate (extrinsic) goal for every serious Olympic sailor. This naturally imposes pressure on ambitious athletes originating from themselves as well as additional outside pressure like sponsors and media.
Lennart will share some simple frameworks about internal team communication on and off the water and tell stories of creating a culture with positive energy. These principles were developed in the context of sailing but he believes that they are applicable to team dynamics in different contexts. The talk should be a starter to a good discussion about experiences with teams in other areas.
Lennart Briesenick:
Since a young age, Lennart has been involved with sailing leading him to pursue a path in professional sports in the Olympic 49er class until 2012. As an adviser and coach, he worked for the German national team until 2015 parallel to his studies before becoming Danish 49er national coach for the preparation and Rio Olympics 2016.
Lennart holds a business degree with a focus on innovation and got immersed into the interdisciplinary and user-centered approach to product and service development using design thinking at the Hasso Plattner Institute. His latest experience and research dealt with how user-centered design approaches (i.e. design thinking) and evidence-based product development (i.e. lean startup) are applied in large corporations. He now helps curate programs for events and conferences at Innovation Roundtable® which is the leading network exclusively for innovation practitioners in large firms.
Lennart also enjoys all kinds of water sports, flying gliders, climbing, and telemark skiing whenever conditions fit well.

When: Tues. November 20th 2018, 17-18.

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

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Open Lecture: Kyle McDonald

Monday, 12th Nov 2018

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Machine Learning and Art

What happens when we collaborate with algorithms to tell stories, or expand our creativity and curiosity? What happens when these algorithms act less like simple predictable tools, and take on identities, biases, and nuances of their own? How far can we take it? What are the consequences of completely automating social interaction itself? Where does the machine end, and where do we begin?

Kyle McDonald is an artist working with code. He creates interactive and immersive audiovisual installations, performances, and new tools for creative exploration. He uses techniques from computer vision, machine learning, networking, and computing to create unusual experiences.

When: Monday November 12th 2018, 18:15 – 19:15.

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

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