Designing Inclusive Interactions


British Council, in collaboration with University of Dundee and Microsoft


Designing Inclusive Interactions

A British Council 'Knowledge is GREAT' Lecture supported by DesignSingapore Council and host venue: National Design Centre

About the Lecture:

The 21st Century discipline of interaction design considers not only our interactions with devices and apps, but also our communication and interactions with each other, through objects and services. Making these interactions inclusive demands that they are accessible, but also that disabled people have a sense of ownership of them.

This talk will feature Social Sewing, a project to reconnect a community of older seamstresses in Athens, Greece;Hands of X, a service to enable wearers of prosthetic hands to choose materials and create their own hand; and other projects from DJCAD, University of Dundee and elsewhere

Event Details:

The event will take place on Friday 27 April 2018. Registration will commence promptly at 6.00 p.m.

Venue: Auditorium, Level 2, National Design Centre, 111 Middle Rd, Singapore 188969

Time: 6.30 p.m to 9.00 p.m.

Pre-booking is essential and places are limited.

Dress code for the evening is business attire

Please note: All registrations are subject to availability. We reserve the right to limit and/or refuse registration without assigning any reason. We will confirm all valid registrations with a reminder email. If you do not receive a reminder email but have a valid registration please email us at education@britishcouncil.org.sg for confirmation before arriving at the venue.

About the Speaker:

Graham Pullin

Graham Pullin is a designer, researcher, teacher and author of the manifesto Design Meets Disability (The MIT Press, 2009). He is senior lecturer in interaction design and product design at the University of Dundee, where he co-founded the Social Digital group and founded the Museum of Lost Interactions. Here his research is pioneering more expressive communication for people who cannot speak and currently find themselves limited by text-to-speech synthesis, through projects such as Six Speaking Chairs and a mid-career PhD entitled 17 ways to say yes. He is also exploring radical new materials for prosthetic hands: materials that do not imitate human skin, but are instead chosen for their aesthetic qualities, cultural resonances or personal significance.

Previously, Graham was a studio head at the design consultancy IDEO, leading multidisciplinary teams on projects as diverse as commercial Vodafone Simply phones for people in their 40s and 50s, concept hearing–enabling furniture for the HearWear exhibition at the V&A Museum, London, and the critical design project Social Mobiles that was exhibited in Tokyo, Ars Electronica and MoMA. Twenty years ago, he was designing bespoke prosthetic hands for his Master of Design at the Royal College of Art, following a post at the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering. Experiencing such different cultures within these different design fields inspired Design Meets Disability, a monograph that argues for more art school–trained designers to be invited into disability-related design, in order to contribute not only their skills but also their sensibilities. This would be a healthily disruptive influence within assistive technology, but could influence design in return.

About the Panellists:

Dr Daina Beitler

Dr. Beitler leads Microsoft Philanthropies in Asia Pacific. She works with her team across the region to leverage Microsoft’s strongest assets –technology, community investments, people and its voice – as a force for empowerment and inclusion. Her work spans across several areas, including youth engagment, natural disaster and human crises response, NGO capacity building, and accessibility.

Working in the field of international development for more than 12 years, Daiana’s professional and volunteer experience encompasses government, international organizations, corporations and NGOs. Before joining Microsoft, Daiana worked at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in the Global Policy and Advocacy team. At the Foundation, she managed a significant portfolio of grants and contracts to advance advocacy efforts in donor markets and designed the Donor Govenrment Relations team’s national ‘defending aid’ campaign strategies.

Her experience also includes managing the Policy and Research team at Tony Blair Associates (TBA). Before joining TBA, Daiana lectured in economic sociology at the London School of Economics and Political Science, one of the leading universities in Europe. She also worked for McKinsey & Company in the Public Sector Practice, and for the New Economics Foundation, a think tank specialising in economic, social and environmental policy. Her experience also includes assignments for the Inter-American Development Bank and the Pan American Health Organisation (regional office of the World Health Organisation) in Washington, D.C.

Daiana holds a PhD in Economic Sociology from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree in Social Policy and Development from the same university. She authors and publishes on innovation policy and on the use of technology in government in peer-reviewed journals and is a frequent speaker in academic conferences. Daiana is originally from Uruguay and has two children, Ben and Zoe.

Mario Van Der Meulen

Principal Designer, Foolproof

Mario believes people ignore design that ignores people. He’s a creative who is able to see what others are saying, and a versatile, ambidextrous designer. Mario discovers, designs, and delivers experience design principles, giving a voice to the end-user, meaning to the solution, and value to the design thinking.

Mario has made ideas happen for a variety of businesses, from forward-thinking startups to large international brands, across Financial, Healthcare, Hospitality, Technology, FMCG, Lifestyle and Professional Service categories. At the core of each is the desire to connect a brand with an audience, with coherence, consistency and clarity of thought and expression. Regardless of the media platform or touch point within a customer journey. Previously, Mario worked at firms like EuroRSCG, Tribal DDB and frog Shanghai and ran his own studio in Shanghai for a good stretch of time. He currently teaches an evening class in design thinking and brand design at Singapore’s NAFA design school, delivers talks and keynotes regularly and does design award jury work whenever he can.

He has lived and worked in Asia all of the 21st century, including Hong Kong, Shanghai, and now in Singapore.

About the Moderator:

Patrick Chia

Founding Director, Design Incubation Centre, Division of Industrial Design, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore; and Founder Squeeze Design (Singapore)

Born in Singapore and having studied Industrial Design in Australia, Patrick Chia’s designs have been exhibited and represented by galleries in Paris, New York, Los Angeles, London and Tokyo. Since 2002, he has collaborated extensively with the Japanese company Time and Style. In 2006, Patrick was awarded The Best Breakthrough Act by the influential international design magazine, Wallpaper*, during its 2006 Annual Design Awards. In 2013, Patrick received the Designer of the Year Award at the President’s Design Award for his body of work, which includes his practice, research and teaching.

Since 2006, Patrick has been the founding director of the Design Incubation Centre (DIC), National University of Singapore. The DIC was recently voted by Surface Asia magazine as one of the most progressive design laboratories in the Asia Pacific region. Under his direction, the DIC has conducted design research and investigations into new tools and processes that explore and expand new possibilities for design practices in Singapore.

Projects developed by the DIC have been published extensively in design journals and have been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the AMC Siggraph. The collection of table top objects developed by the DIC under the d.lab brand has been represented by major galleries and retailers around the world and was awarded the Design of the Year at the President’s Design Award in 2010. In 2013, Patrick wrote Design Incubator: A Prototype for New Design, a handbook on design strategies and workflows applied by the DIC, published by Laurence King Publishing, UK.

Patrick has also been appointed Jury member for various competitions and awards such as the Red Dot Design Awards, James Dyson Award, the Singapore Furniture Award and the President’s Design Award Singapore, for which he served as a Jury Chair in 2015 and 2016. He is also a member of the Design Advisory Panel as well as the International Advisory Committee for the Singapore Furniture Industries Council.

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