Guy Julier

design – culture, criticism, history, activism, politics, all of it


News and Events 2021-22


Lecture at Kingston University, London

Tuesday 17 May

Apologies for the grandiloquent lecture title. But I’m going to be speculating on what best could be done with regards to the creative industries — design, specifically.



Estrategias de desarrollo curricular en la Investigación Artística

Viernes 6 de mayo de 2022

· 16:00 Presentación. Coordinadora de la Comisión de Doctorado EAPA.
· 16:30 Sara Vilar. Universidad Politécnica de Valencia.
· 17:00 Mariela Yeregui. Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (EEUU).
· 17:30 Guy Julier. Aalto University, Helsinki (Finlandia).
18:00 Mesa de debate Publicaciones e investigación artística. Modera Diego Marchante

18:30 Pausa – café.

· 19:00 Mónica Bello. Arts at CERN, CERN (Suiza).
· 19:30 Efraín Foglia. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.
20:00 Mesa de debate Arte, investigación y transferencia. Modera Laura Baigorri


Programa de Doctorado Estudios Avanzados en Producciones Artísticas Facultad de Bellas Artes de la Universidad de Barcelona

Online a través de la plataforma ZOOM-UB. Enlace: https://ub-edu.zoom.us/j/99724678185



Public Talk

Design Talks #4
The Relevance of Design for Research


  • 16:00 – Event starts
  • 16:05 – Design in research. Bringing human-centric innovation methods into VTT – Niall Shakeshaft – VP of Design at VTT and Jane Vita – Design Lead at VTT.
  • 16:35 – Quick and Dirty, Slow and Thoughtful:  Design Research in Public – Guy Julier, Professor of Design Leadership at Aalto University.
  • 17:05 – Break
  • 17:15 – Guy + Niall + Jane – Discussion on design for research.

DesignTalks series consists of eight lectures during December 2021 – May 2022. Each event will have its own theme discussing the relevance of design in different contexts such as sustainable development, corporations, cities, business-to-business, research, accessibility, creative projects, and many more.



Hungarian cultural media „A design igazából a mindennapokról szól” Beszélgetés Guy Julier-vel 



Keynote Talk

‘Design Culture:  What is it for?’

 4th Daily Life and Design History Forum, 27th November 2021, Tongji Design Week, Shanghai


Keynote Talk

“Las economías del diseño y lo cotidiano: explorando sus relaciones a través de la investigación”

12° Seminario Internacional de Investigación en Diseño (SID12) , Universidad Pedagógica y Tecnológica de Colombia, 22 September 2021


Conference Paper

15-18 August 2021:  Nordes Conference

Elise Hodson and I are presenting a paper entitled ‘Value, Design, Scale:  Towards a Territories and Temporalities Approach’ at the Nordes 2021 conference. Our paper can be found in the proceedings here https://conference2021nordes.org/program/ 



Thursday, 15 April: https://barcelonareact.cat/en

I’m presenting a set of critical provocations on creative economy policies and practices as part of this ReAct Barcelona event.
Event in Spanish, Catalan and English.

Page 1 of my notes. Make sense of them if you dare.

Page 2 of my notes.


New publication

Julier, G. (2021) The Promise of the Creative Industries, Design Work and Livelihoods in Form follows Finance. Copenhagen: Parole Compendiums

I recycled parts of a chapter from Economies of Design and built on it for the Copenhagen project  Parole: “Parole describes contemporary phenomena through the eyes of design; design as discourse, design as intentions, design as materialized manifestations of ideas. Designing is not only the act of creating timeless beauty and functionality, in late capitalism, it is the business of materializing dreams, desires and fears of consumers. And as such we, designers, must reevaluate our self-image.”

Form follows Finance is an editorial project run within Parole by Asmus Lauridsen and Johanne Aarup Hansen.




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

My notes



Design and its Cultural Value:  in Conversation with Penny Sparke, Mes del Diseño, Chile

Tuesday 17 November


Notes for my 15 minute starter talk.


Design Culture Salon 31: How Can You Make a Living as a Design Activist?

Monday 9 November, 1400h (EET)
Public Panel Discussion Event

Panel discussion with

Päivi Ravio (Studio RaivioBumann, Helslnki),
Adrià Garcia i Mateu (Holon, Barcelona),
Johanne Aarup Hansen (PengeSpekulation and Parole Compendiums,Copenhagen)

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” PretentionsSociální studia/Social Studies17(1), 13-31.



Conference presentation

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



Festival Talk

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

Notes for my talk


Book Chapter

Julier, G. (2019) ‘Can Design Ever Be Activist?:  The Challenge of Engaging Neoliberalism Differently’, in Tom Bieling (ed.) Design (&) Activism:Perspectives on Design as Activism and Activism as Design, Berlin: Mimemis