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1 March – 1 September 2019
Finnish Pavilion:  XXII Triennale di Milano

Chief Curator:  Kaisu Savola

Commissioner:  Guy Julier

Symposium:  Friday 24 May

Photo: Monica Romagnoli

 

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

Aalto University
Otaniementie 14, Espoo

Free event.
All welcome.

Speakers:

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).

 

 

 

O U T POST Ed. 3 continues the series of thematic evening events organised by POST Design Festival. This time we collaborate with FAOD – Forbundet Arkitekter og Designere – in investigating the theme of PROFITS.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are very proud to present to you designer and theorist Guy Julier (Aalto University) and designer Johanne Aarup (PengeSpekulation).
Thursday, January 31th from 18:00-21:00 at
ENIGMA, Øster Allé 1, Copenhagen

Who profits from design? The global rise of design is intimately entangled in the spread of neoliberal thinking. A key element of the success of neoliberalism has been financialisation, where design plays a crucial part in adding value to places, products, services, and messages.

But how does design actually function in this system? How has neoliberalism shaped aesthetics? How does it affect your own working life, the type of work you do and relations to your collaborators? Who profits in the current economies of design and who should profit in the future?

In this third edition of O U T POST we will learn how neoliberalism has shaped not just the design of cities, policy, working life, public sector, and education but even our language in the course of just 40 years. Our speakers will present different strategies for working with, against, and around neoliberalism and help us imagine a world beyond our existing systems of economy.

Through simple exercises, we will reflect on the speakers’ points and help formulate new questions and ideas, creating an open discussion between our two speakers and the audience.

The ambition with O U T POST is to develop, enhance and spread the critical debate concerning the political, social and ethical aspects of illustration, digital and graphic design in the Nordic region and beyond.

The O U T POST events are in English and open to everyone. However, you will need to register and bring a ticket. Please come early.

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Please meet the speakers of the evening:
 
Guy Julier has over 30 years professional experience in design practice, research and education. His most recent book, Economies of Design (2017), provides an in-depth analysis of the roles of design in the contexts of contemporary, neoliberal orthodoxies. He is Professor of Design Leadership at Aalto University, Helsinki, where he works with researchers and students in exploring post-capitalist and hybrid design practices. Other books include The Culture of Design (3rd revised edition 2014) and he is also co-editor of Design and Creativity:  Policy, Management and Practice (2009) and Design Culture: Objects and Approaches (2019). Guy Julier has worked with organisations across Europe and Latin America in developing critical discussion and practice in design for societal benefit.
Johanne Aarup is a Danish designer working within graphic, service and relational design. Among other projects, she is involved in PengeSpekulation(Money Speculation) – a design-anthropology collective, engaged in investigations, experiments, and public interventions at the intersections between economic worlds, design, anthropology, and art. The group formed in 2016, drawn into the enigmatic nature of money, its semiotic, material, and technological relations, and frustrated by the lack of political will to enact systemic change following the financial crisis of 2007-09. Across a range of exploratory and communicative projects, PengeSpekulation allows money to emerge as a designed and social phenomenon, one which takes many forms and is tied to varied societal effects. For this talk, PengeSpekulation will discuss existing and future monetary systems, both official, alternative and speculative, from a design perspective, reflecting also on the groups organisational work processes and their view on design as a political practice.

 

Design Culture Salon 27: What are the limitations of user-centred design?

Free Public Panel Discussion Event

Wednesday 12 December, 1300h
Register on Eventbrite

Lecture Theatre U4 / U142
Otakaari 1
Aalto University
02150 Espoo

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Panel:
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.

Design Factory
Aalto University
Betonimiehenkuja 5C
02150 Espoo

Panel:
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.