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Design by Fire Conference

Published in Conferences
14 October 2011


Conference on Interation Design

The Design by Fire Conference provides a stage for inspiring professionals to share their passion for interaction design with peers, refueling knowledge and competence to cope with the challenges of IxD's professional practice.

The conference is named after Andrei Herasimchuk's weblog The name ‘Design by Fire’ is a variation on the expression ‘Trial by Fire’: a test of one's abilities to perform well under pressure.

The conference features a full day of inspirational and pioneering sessions for anyone who practices interaction design, information design or experience design. Like last year, we have 200 seats available.

When: Friday 14 October 2011
Time: 9.30am - 6.30pm
Where: Utrecht, The Netherlands
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Published in Exhibitions
1 October 2011


TOTEM AND TABOO. Complexity and relationships between art and design.

TOTEM AND TABOO is an exhibition about conventions in art and design. Since the 1960s, artists have repeatedly used design objects in their work as references, and for some time design has been incorporating concepts and formats from art. One offs and limited editions are produced solely for exhibitions, transforming design from utility to an event. The exhibition concentrates on contemporary art and contemporary design. Rather than explaining its subject, it explores a gap in the discourse on design and art and questions the boundaries of disciplines.

TOTEM AND TABOO views art as a hypothetical "father figure" or relative of design. The metaphor of family relationships or family similarity led the group of writers and curators behind the show to take a closer look at Sigmund Freud's "Totem and Taboo". He wrote this collection of essays around 1910, about the same time that modern design first emerged as a discipline. The totem is an object representing an absent relative, and the taboo refers to the fear of incest, or in other words excessive closeness to a relative. The curators have used Freud's book as a model to describe the relationship between design and art.

When: 1 October to 20 November
Daily: 10:00-19:00 admission free
Opening:  Fri, Sep 30, 19:00 in the context of VIENNA DESIGN WEEK
Where: freiraum quartier21 INTERNATIONAL MuseumsQuartier Wien
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See 6The SEE project has recently launched SEE bulletin 6 and policy booklet 4, both seek to contribute to the growing interest in design policies and programmes across Europe and around the world. With the debate gathering pace, SEE continues to provide insight based on the shared experience of the 11 partners.

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  • Keywords Design Policies, Innovation, Research

SEE Project Final Conference

Published in Conferences
29 March 2011


NPolicy, Innovation & Design Conference.

Purpose of event:
This conference is the project’s final event and aims to provide delegates with an overview of design’s role in innovation, recent design policy developments in Europe, examples of successful design policies and promotion programmes. The programme will be opened by Polish MEP, Jan Olbrycht with reflections on design as part of the Europe 2020 strategy. During the day, the SEE project lead partner will also briefly present the project’s achievements over the last three years.

SEE Final Conference

Published in Conferences
29 March 2011


NPolicy, Innovation & Design Conference.

The SEE project is a network of 11 European design organisations engaging with regional and national government to integrate design into policy, particularly innovation policy. The project runs from September 2008 to June 2011, co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the INTERREG IVC programme.

Design Means Business

Published in Conferences
15 March 2011


A national conference promoting the value of design to business.

Design Means Business is an opportunity to listen, learn and be inspired by key design experts from multinational, national and local companies, design agencies and practitioners.

See 5SEE project launches its fifth Bulletin
February 2011

SEE is a network of 11 European partners exploring how to integrate design into regional and national innovation policies, co-financed by the ERDF / INTERREG IVC.

Additional Info

  • Keywords Design Policies, Innovation, Research
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