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Reflections on Design Culture Salon 19: How does the design studio support emergent design practices?

About 20 years ago, a group of undergraduate design students I was teaching in Leeds gave a presentation about their idea of the design studio of the future. It was relentlessly utopian in a kind of beachworld, surfer-dude way. They … Continue reading

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Some Reflections on Design Culture Salon 18: Is Designing for Behaviour Change ‘Creepy’?

Falling in the midpoint between the return from the summer holidays and the Christmas period, this Salon was a popular one. In fact, it ended as standing-room only, even after going in search of more chairs. It was rammed. Clearly, … Continue reading

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Reflections on Design Culture Salon 12: Is innovation overrated and what is the role of design here?

A select group gathered in Clore 55 for this pre-Christmas discussion in which we buried innovation with a stake through it and then resurrected it in partial glory. If ever there was a perfectly shaped, end-to-end debate, then this was … Continue reading

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Reflections on Design Culture Salon 5: How does design produce new publics?

The idea of what, or who, constitutes a public takes fundamentally different forms under different authors. Proclamations of the public in singular, ‘One Nation’ and ‘Big Society’, form rallying calls for the current political parties. As Guy Julier, who chaired the evening … Continue reading

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