Past OPEN Lectures

Open Lecture: Hadas Zohar

Tuesday, 9th Oct 2018

5 Things I have learnt about Danish design
Danish design is well known for its minimalist aesthetics, high quality craft and smokey color scheme. However, it also reflects some of the fundamental principles and characteristics of Danish society, such as trust, homogeneity, democracy, responsibility, and traditional approach alongside advanced technology.
This talk will focus on the ways in which these principles manifest in Danish design today, through the stories of designers, objects and design-processes.
Hadas Zohar is a graphic designer and design writer who has been living in Copenhagen over the past four years. During this period she has been interviewing prominent Danish designers in various fields for a column in Portfolio magazine. The Danish Arts Foundation supports the interviews. In this talk, she will share what she has learnt along the way.
When: Tues. October 9th 2018, 17-18.

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

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Open Lecture: Nicolay Boyadjiev

Tuesday, 18th Sep 2018

WeWork is a co-working start-up. It’s one of the “six most valuable private tech companies in the world”. It’s a “branded real-estate-arbitrage middleman that doesn’t own any offices”. It’s a (self-proclaimed) “capitalist kibbutz”. It’s a “convenient space-as-a-service provider.” It’s a “state of consciousness on its way to transform white-collar labor.” It’s a “trove of data for optimal office design”. It’s an “extended apparatus for tracking and control on behalf of our corporate overlords”. And it’s part of an incredibly ambitious, well-funded and all-encompassing speculative design narrative with unpredictable and potentially empowering reverberations for architects, labor activists and designers.
Nicolay Boyadjiev is an architect and design strategist based in Montreal and Moscow. He is working at the intersection of architecture, service design and platform urbanism, with his recent projects focusing on addressability and cognitive extraction at the urban scale. His design and conceptual work has received multiple awards and has been showcased in Volume, Moinopolis, Fast Company, and Architect Magazine. Nicolay is currently the Design tutor of The New Normal programme at the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design in Moscow.
When: Tues. September 18th 2018, 17-18.

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

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Open Lecture: Akarsh Sanghi + Christian Hertlein

Tuesday, 11th Sep 2018

Designing a Bank
This talk will introduce how N26 #Themobilebank is influencing the financial decision making of people. Exploring the role of trust while designing a bank and identifying user’s needs has been one of the key reasons for the growth and acceptance of N26 in Europe. We will discuss what it could mean to be disruptive not for the sake of being disruptive but for the sake of a mindset change where we influence how people deal with their money and form a relationship with their bank. This talk will also touch upon the question of how we can continue providing value to users as money becomes less and less physical? Finally, we will share some differences in terms of culture between roles of people who work in retail banking vs. at N26 and how this group of people are on the brink of re-shaping an entire industry.

Akarsh Sanghi is a designer & engineer from India currently leading the growth product team at N26 in Berlin. Previously he worked with IDEO & Zalando in Berlin and holds a Master’s degree from the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. In the last years he has managed to live, study & work in Delhi, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Singapore and plans to continue his cross cultural wanderings.

Christian Hertlein is currently the Head of Design at N26. He is constantly working with his team of designers to create disruptive products from a holistic approach, incorporating strategies and frameworks from a design-minded perspective. In his free time he loves tinkering with electronics to make his home smarter and explore the mountains during the winters on his snowboard.

When: Tues. September 11th 2018, 17-18.

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

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Open Lecture: Cecilie Astrupgaard + Sofie Thorsen

Tuesday, 28th Aug 2018

Thinking with Images: A visual exploration of the climate change debate on social media

What do a polar bear and Donald Trump have in common?

They have both in recent years been used as contested motives in the visual debate on climate change. In fact, online circulation of visual data – from photographs over scientific diagrams to memes and GIFs – on social media is playing an increasingly significant role in shaping public perception of the climate issue. This is because climate imagery function as representations of how we understand the world around us, and simultaneously act to reinforce certain discourses and drive particular “ways of seeing” the climate issue.

In a big data analysis of +200.000 climate change images from Instagram and Twitter, we explore how the combination of network analysis and emergent image recognition software can enable us to identify patterns in the visual debate on climate change, bringing visual analysis into the realm of digital studies.

When: Tues. August 28th 2018, 17-18.

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

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CANCELED: Open Lecture: Eilidh Dickson and Francesca Desmarais

Tuesday, 21st Aug 2018

Design as a combinatory discipline
Human Centered Design has never been such a big a deal as it is now. The design process and design thinking continue to be lofted through corporate culture as an elixir. It’s safe to say that design, when combined with business thinking and ethnographic practice, has become a valuable approach. However creating things that can be implemented and have impact requires more than just designers. Designers need to work with people whose fields are worlds apart from design and its processes. It’s about building empathy and respect for these people and relinquishing a little control. Francesca and Eilidh will talk about their experiences of tweaking the the HCD process and where we see the potential for ‘design’ to be combined with fresh new practices.