Past OPEN Lectures



Open Lecture: Akarsh Sanghi + Christian Hertlein

Tuesday, 11th Sep 2018

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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

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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

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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.

CIID Lightning Talks & open lecture by Yasaman Sheri @UN City Copenhagen 2018 – week 5

Tuesday, 31st Jul 2018

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CIID Lightning Talks & open lecture by Yasaman Sheri @UN City Copenhagen 2018 – week 5

For the last week of this year’s Summer School in Copenhagen, CIID combines the weekly Lightning Talks with an open lecture by Yasaman Sheri.

The first part of the evening will be comprised of a series of 7-minute long talks, demos, or opinion pieces by the Summer School faculty of the week, on a topic that they are passionate about.

For the second part of the event, Yasaman Sheri will give a 30-minute talk about Designing for the Invisible:

“Wifi, Smell, Microbes: they are the abstract invisible things we interact with on a daily basis yet we are rarely aware of their networked impact.

With technological advancements we have been able to push our human perception beyond the immediate world surrounding us to extend our senses. Cameras on satellites, sensors on self driving cars, proxy robotics are attempts at extending our biological limits to incorporate a larger field of view in sensing. What other senses will we be attuned to beyond vision, sound and proprioception? What is it like to design for scales that are outside of human perception and expand to the scales beyond us? Designing for the invisible asks us to consider the hidden things that affect us everyday and incorporate them in to our design practice.”

Tickets are free, but you need to book a ticket before 3:00pm on the day of the event (in the name that is in your passport), and you need to bring this ticket AND your passport to the door at the UN Building. Please come some time in advance, the security check may take a little time.

When: Tues. July 31st 2018, 17.30-19.00.

Where: UN City, Marmorvej 51, 2100 Copenhagen

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Open Lecture: James Tichenor and Joshua Walton

Tuesday, 19th Jun 2018

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Design for Created Realities
What would design look like if we couldn’t distinguish between the physical and the digital? Does VR/AR/MR require a new design discipline? The Design of Created Realities will draw from classic design methods in a broad range of disciplines and blend it with new practices and strategies.
About James and Joshua:
As an interactions designer and educator Joshua Walton works primarily in reactive video, programmatic motion graphics, and interactive architecture. Joshua has worked with award winning museums, design firms, and interaction studios in New York and San Francisco. In 2000 he was part of a team that received a presidential teaching award for their work with at-risk youth in San Francisco. Joshua received his Masters degree from the Cranbrook Academy of Art where his work focused on non-linear narrative in new media.
An architect by training, James Tichenor returned to school in 2002 to receive a Masters in Design and Computation from the MIT School of Architecture. At MIT his research focused on the intersection of design, electronics and materials. Borrowing from the world of robotics James began building interactive prototypes to study his ideas first hand. His technology and electronics research continued at the Interaction Design Institute of Ivrea in Italy.
When: Tues. June 19th 2018, 17-18.

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

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