DesignTalks is a day of inspirational talks by leading designers and design thinkers on the impact and relevance of design. With DesignTalks we hope to inspire creative professionals, businesses, thought leaders and designers themselves, to take design seriously and to creatively collaborate towards a future we all want to share.
DesignTalks 2017 theme: We feel it's time to explore our relationship with nature - with each other - and ourselves. We set out to explore if and how uncertainty may be reinforcing our quest for the pure, the authentic, the raw. For beauty â and perhaps ugliness too. How we increasingly seek to reconnect with nature and ourselves through heightened senses, sometimes controversially mediated through technology while in other cases, through authentic experiences. All this while cities are struggling with growth and inclusion, citizens with cohabitation and we're running as fast as we can to save the planet - and ourselves.
Marshmallow Laser Feast
Marshmallow Laser Feast is a creative studio exploring technology to make work that reinterprets the idea of human perception. The studioâs In the Eyes of the Animal just won the WIRED Audi Innovation Awards for best âInnovation in Experience Designâ. Previously the project was nominated for the London Design Museumâs Beazley Design of the Year Award.
Christien Meindertsma is one of the most thought-provoking designers of today. Exploring raw materials and products she aims to regain understanding of processes that have become so distant in industrialization, like in her ambitious award winning book on Pigs, PIG 05049. Meindertsma's work has received international awards and been exhibited in MOMA (New York), The V&A (London), the Cooper Hewitt Design museum (New York) and the London Design Museum.
Paul Bennett â IDEO
IDEO is a global design company, known as a pioneer of human-centered design. IDEOâs work has inspired the world of design to apply their creative skills to tackle complex challenges and apply the positive impact of design towards improving societies at large. No topic is untouched, whether it being education, mobility, transport or redefining ageing. Bennett speaks at major forums, including The World Economic Forum and his thought leadership is regularly published in a range of influential media. Paul will also be moderating DesignTalks 2017
Driven by an interest on how the future can be shaped, MichĂ¨le Degen a recent cum laude graduate from Design Academy Eindhoven, questions the ordinary and current social behavior. With her design, she aims to stimulate conversations and challenge the viewerÂ´s perspective on ordinary things and normality.
Degenâs âVulva Versaâ a hand-fitting mirror that allows women to discover themselves, was created to raise the status of the female sexual organ and to dissolve shame via an intimate exploration and appreciation of her own body. With this mirror, she aims to open a dialog not only amongst women but in society as a whole.
DesignTalks is curated by Hlin Helga Gudlaugsdottir, Design Thinking Consultant at Capacent. HlĂn Helga specialises in design for social innovation and future thinking.
DesignTalks is the keynote event of DesignMarch, Icelandâs annual design festival. The seminar is produced by Iceland Design Centre with support from the City of Reykjavik and Arion Bank.