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News and Events 2019-2020
EU Design Day: Social Dimension of Design, Co-creation and Civic Engagement
Wednesday 25 November
I spoke on ‘The Elusive Value of Social Design’: https://errin.eu/events/eu-design-days-2020
Design and its Cultural Value: in Conversation with Penny Sparke, Mes del Diseño, Chile
Tuesday 17 November
Notes for my 15 minute starter talk.
Monday 9 November, 1400h (EET)
Public Panel Discussion Event
Panel discussion with
Chair: Guy Julier
Arguably, activism through design is as old as the profession itself. However, since the 2008 financial crisis, new possibilities for designers to work as activists have opened up. The range of activist practices and ways of doing these has grown. While these may have been motivated by genuine desires to effect change, many of its exponents have come up against challenges in working professionally. What financial models are available for work in design activism? How do economic pressures affect practices of design activism? Can you change the world and pay the rent at the same time? Our expert panel will discuss these and many other related questions in this Salon.
Blog coming soon: https://designculturesalon.org
A joint piece on how Helsinki thinks it can be sustainable… but can’t. Mostly written by Eeva Berglund with a few flourishes and angry bits by me.
Berglund, E., and Julier, G. (2020). Growth in WEIRD Helsinki: Countering Dominant Urban Politics and its “Green” Pretentions. Sociální studia/Social Studies, 17(1), 13-31.
I dug out my #Colleex project I instigated last year and developed it in a presentation entitled ‘What is 60 Minutes in Smart Kalasatama?: experimenting with performance as method’ at Urban-Related Sensoria: Environments, Technologies, Sensobiographies : International Conference on Sensory Transformations 10–12 June 2020
I teamed up with my good friend and collaborator, Lucy Kimbell, to talk about:
Social Design: Realities. Opportunities. Possibilities.
How to Work: Experimental Design Research Festival, Hamburg 8 July 2020
From history to present day
Dates: 28-30 November 2019
Location: Kaunas Faculty of Vilnius University, Kaunas, Lithuania
Confirmed keynotes: Guy Julier (Aalto University), Javier Gimeno-Martinez (VU Amsterdam)
Date: Thursday 19 September 2019
Venue: London College of Communication (LCC)
University of the Arts London
Elephant and Castle
London, SE1 6SB.
Keynote: Staying with the Problem: Social Design Research and Practice
Professor Guy Julier, Head of Research and Professor of Design Leadership, Dept. of Design, Aalto University, Finland.
Time: 6pm – 7.30pm | Drinks reception: 8pm – 9pm
Venue: Lecture Theatre A, LCC
Design History Society Annual Conference 2019
‘Fixing Liquidity, Making Change Reasonable: Design, Finance and History’
The Cost of Design, University of Northumbria, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Nida Summer School — Venice
The 5th Nida Doctoral School
Fight The Power 2019/1989: We, the Ungovernable
26-31 August 2019
1 March – 1 September 2019
Finnish Pavilion: XXII Triennale di Milano
Chief Curator: Kaisu Savola
Commissioner: Guy Julier
The Past as Catalyst for the Future: historical knowledge in design education and research
Symposium Thursday 4 April, 2019, 1 pm – 5 pm
To mark the retirement from Aalto University of Professor Pekka Korvenmaa
Otaniementie 14, Espoo
prof. emer. Jonathan Woodham, University of Brighton: “Meeting the past, experiencing the present: Some thoughts about design history”.
prof. Sara Kristoffersson, Konstfack, Stockholm: “Why history matters”.
Panel discussion with main speakers and: Leena Svinhufvud(Museum lecturer, Designmuseum, Helsinki); Guy Julier(professor, Dept. of Design, Aalto University); Kaisu Savola(doctoral candidate, Dept. of Design, Aalto University).
Free Public Panel Discussion Event
Wednesday 12 December, 1300h
Register on Eventbrite
Lecture Theatre U4 / U142
Claudia Garduño García, Partner, Design Your Action, Mexico City
Sampsa Hyysalo, Professor of Co-Design, Aalto University
Rose Matthews, Helsinki-based designer specialising in underserved populations
Chair: Guy Julier
The term ‘user-centred’ design comes with a range of associated practices, including human-centred design, participatory design and co-design. As with these, user-centred design has a mixed pedigree, including developments in the 1960s stemming from ergonomics in Scandinavia and elsewhere and human-computer interaction (HCI) explorations of the 1980s. It therefore covers a variety of expected ‘users’, objects and situations as well as politics.
But does the term risk reducing conceptions of users to mere consumers? How does it engage, if at all, with social practices beyond the individual? Does it capture the complexity of economic, social and cultural contexts and actions? Who is the user in any case!!??
These and many other questions that will be debated.
Biographies of panellists
Claudia Garduño García is Partner and Research Director, Design Your Action, Mexico City. Design Your Action is an NGO focused on exploring collaborative solutions that are innovative, pertinent and relevant to complex social situations. Its object is to community action at various levels of social innovation that improves quality of life and collective wellbeing. Claudia was Project Manager of the Aalto LAB in Mexico and holds a PhD in design from Aalto University.
Sampsa Hyysalo is Professor of Co-Design at the Aalto School of, Art, Design and Architecture. Sampsa’s research and teaching focus on codesign, user involvement in innovation and the co-evolution of technologies, practices and organizations. He received his PhD in Behavioral Sciences in the University of Helsinki and holds a Docentship in information systems, specialising in user-centered design. Sampsa has published over 40 peer reviewed articles (jufo ranked), 10 refereed book chapters and 5 books, out of which the two most important are The new production of users: Changing innovation communities and involvement strategies (with Elgaard Jensen and Oudshoorn, Routledge, 2016) and Health Technology development and use: From practice-bound imagination to evolving impacts (Routledge, 2010, New York).
Rose Matthews is a Design and Innovation Lead with global experience in developing new interventions for public health and in identifying economic opportunities for restricted income communities. Having initially trained as a nurse in the UK, Rose turned to design as a way to achieve greater impact on a larger population and has never lost sight of that aim. She currently works on global health, financial inclusion and government programmes with a focus on underserved populations.
Design Culture Salon – Helsinki
The Design Culture Salon is back in action.
Its first Helsinki event is at 1400h on Wednesday 24 October.
Päivi Hietanen,City Design Manager of the Helsinki Lab.
Petteri Kolinen, CEO Design Forum Finland
Kari Korkman, CEO Helsinki Design Week
Suvi Saloniemi, Chief Curator, Design Museum Helsinki
Chair: Guy Julier
Free Public Panel Discussion Event
Booking not required.
After a 16 month break, the Design Culture Salon is re-established in Helsinki. We are starting off with a local question of ‘What is Finnish Design Culture?’.
Finland is hot. Hardly a day goes by without an article in the international press extolling the virtues of Finland’s more equal society, its high happiness index and, of course, the strength of its design. But what are Finnish design’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats? How is Finnish design culture shaped and what consolidates it? How does the turn towards service design and design thinking re-shape conceptions of Finnish design? Is it appropriate, in an era of globalisation, to talk about design in national terms?
These are just some of the questions we shall be discussing with our panel.