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DesignTalks
23.03.2017

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.

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DesignTalks speakers

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Alexander Taylor

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Ersin Han Ersin
Marshmallow Laser Feast

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Christien Meindertsma

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Paul Bennett
IDEO

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Michèle Degen

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BRUT NATURE

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 — 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. 

Alexander Taylor

 

Alexander Taylor is a British industrial designer, entrepreneur and innovation consultant for adidas. He recently designed the adidas x Parley shoe, with the sport’s brand, where the upper is made entirely from ocean plastic. 
 

Alexander Taylor

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Marshmallow Laser Feast

Marshmallow Laser Feast is a creative studio exploring technology to make work that reinterprets the idea of human perception. The studio’s In the Eyes of the Animal just won the WIRED Audi Innovation Awards for best ‘Innovation in Experience Design’. Previously the project was nominated for the London Design Museum’s Beazley Design of the Year Award.

Marshmallow Laser Feast

Christien Meindertsma

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

Christien Meindertsma

PIG 05049 Video

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Paul Bennett — IDEO 

IDEO is a global design company, known as a pioneer of human-centered design. IDEO’s 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

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Michèle Degen

Driven by an interest on how the future can be shaped, Michèle 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 viewer´s perspective on ordinary things and normality. 

Degen’s „Vulva Versa“ 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.

Michèle Degen

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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, Iceland’s annual design festival. The seminar is produced by Iceland Design Centre with support from the City of Reykjavik and Arion Bank.