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Event: Design and Social Policy - Monday 11 July

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  • AIGA Experience Design London/Nico Macdo
    Please feel free to circulate this to colleagues and friends. If you are not already on the AIGAExpDesLondon list please join (details at the end). - - - - -
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 27, 2005
      Please feel free to circulate this to colleagues and friends. If you are not already on the 'AIGAExpDesLondon' list please join (details at the end).

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      You are invited to the forty-eighth AIGA Experience Design London meeting.

      After five years focusing on interaction and experience design, this event signals a broadening of the remit of the group which came out of the last AIGA Experience Design London advisors' meeting. We hope you will find the discussions equally engaging. Please read on...

      Does design have a role in implementing social policy and addressing political challenges? From recycling and obesity to voting and citizenship, from education and healthcare to crime and punishment, initiatives are underway.

      In the US the AIGA has lead the development of the Design for Democracy campaign, which is now extending its remit beyond re-designing the US voting system. In the UK the Design Council established its RED unit to 'challenge accepted thinking on economic and social issues through design innovation'. It worked with leading UK thinktank ippr on the 'Touching the State' project, which asked: Can design enhance the experience of state-citizen encounters?, and, most recently, RED director Hilary Cottam won the Design Museum's Designer of the Year award for her team's work on the Kingsdale School project.

      Do design methods and ways of thinking offer new approaches to social and political questions or is this naive hubris? Are designers' user-centric models what are needed for an increasingly complex society, or are designers just the latest creatives to be flattered by New Labour's embrace? Please come and join the debate.

      Thursday 11 July, 6:30 for 7 PM (until 9:00 PM)
      The Design Council, 34 Bow Street, London WC2E 7DL
      (opposite the Royal Opera House)
      There is no payment to attend.
      Drinks will be available to those who arrive early.
      Please email all enquiries to this address, not the Design Council.

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      Panel debate: Design and Social Policy
      -- This will be a very informal event. Panelists will be invited to present their perspectives, and we will quickly open out the debate to the floor. The panelists will be:
      - Richard Eisermann, Director - Design & Innovation, Design Council
      - James Woudhuysen, Professor of Forecasting and Innovation, De Montfort University
      - Ben Rogers, Associate Director/Head of the Democracy team, ippr

      Full biographies, and notes from the last event, can be found at:

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      Events during 2005 are planned on the following themes. Ideas for presenters are welcomed:

      -- New technologies/networked home/fashion and technology
      -- Highlights of the end of year student shows
      -- Designing for 'Yuck' factor
      -- Design for mobility and mobile devices
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