Friday, November 30, 2007

InterSections 07: a debate on design

Several presentations from InterSections 07 available for download ...

"The UK Design Council sponsored conference InterSections 07 brought together 34 leading thinkers in design to consider how design is evolving and how this is affecting its relationships with other fields.

The conference, held in NewcastleGateshead in October 2007, asked how design is transforming as it adapts to a world in transition. Two days of stimulating and energetic debate considered how designers are adapting to the new landscape by acquiring new know-how.

Audio and transcripts are now online and feature a series of keynote presentations:

* Frans Johansson (Medici Capital Management) on innovation at the intersection of disciplines and cultures: audio | transcript
* Tim Brown (IDEO) on the challenges of design thinking: audio | transcript
* James Woudhuysen (De Montfort University) on the limits of design: audio | transcript
* Peter Higgins on the convergence of architecture and communication media: audio | transcript
* Richard Seymour (Seymour-powell) on designers’ approach to the future: audio | transcript
* Clive Grinyer (Orange France Telecom) on the silence of design: audio | transcript

as well as panel discussions and breakout sessions:

* What is the new know-how in service design? (audio | transcript)
Services have been around for centuries, but Service design has recently become a hot topic. Designers Gillian Crampton-Smith (IUAV), Chris Downs (live|work) and Heather Martin (Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design) outline some examples of good, and bad, service design and discuss what the core skills of service designers are whether traditional designer notions such as craft, beauty and visualisation are still important. Jeremy Myerson (RCA) moderates.

* As designers, are we guilty of killing the planet? (audio | transcript)
John Thackara (Dott07) will argue that 80 percent of the environmental impact of the products and buildings is determined at the design stage; and the ways we have designed the world force most people to waste stupendous quantities of matter and energy. But for John, playing the blame game is pointless, the best way to redeem ourselves is to become part of the solution."    (Continued via Putting people first)    [Usability Resources]

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