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Tricky Design: Design Ethics for a Complex World
What role should design play in today’s complex world? What tools and strategies are available for design to engage with the ethical conundrums of the present? And what type of ethics does design need most?
This two-day conference invites citizens, designers, theorists, activists and educators to consider what design ethics, and design as an ethical discipline, should look like in the 21st century. On the first day of the symposium, leading designers and theorists discuss some of the challenges facing ethical design today, including: the ethics of participatory design; design’s role in the public sphere; the relationship between objects and complex networks; and design’s relationship to the non-human.
On the second day, participants are invited to take part in a series of ‘applied ethics’ discussions, focusing on specific case-studies related to migration, assisted suicide, political activism, artificial intelligence and identity. Through the course of the day, participants will be introduced to different tools and ways of framing complex ethical challenges within design practice.
This symposium builds on the publication of Tricky Design: The Ethics of Things (Bloomsbury 2019) and is a collaboration between University of the Arts London, the Design Research Society and the Design Museum.
Please find the full programme and speaker list below.
AGENDA DAY 1
Friday 7 June, 10.00 – 17.30
10.00: Registration open
10.30: Welcome and Introduction: What is Tricky Design?
10.45 – 11.45:
Panel 1: How can we design with others in an ethical way?
Bahbak Hashemi-Nezhad (RCA)
Eduardo Staszowski (Parsons New School of Design)
Torange Khonsari (public works)
12.15 – 12.55:
Panel 2: How does ethics shape the things we design?
Mahmoud Keshavarz (Uppsala University)
Kate Davies and Liam Young (Unknown Fields Division)
Stephanie Hankey (Tactical Technology Collective)
14.15 – 15.15:
Panel 3: How should design intervene in the public sphere?
Adam Thorpe (Central St Martins, UAL)
Lucy Kimbell (Institute for Social Design, UAL)
Shana Agid (Parsons New School of Design)
15.45 – 16.45:
Panel 4: Can new ecologies provide a more equitable path for design?
Jeremy Kidwell (University of Birmingham)
Carole Collet (Central St Martins, UAL)
Amy Twigger Holroyd (Nottingham Trent University)
16.45: Closing Remarks
AGENDA DAY 2
Saturday 8 June, 10.30 – 15.30
10.30: Registration Opens
11.00: Introduction from Lucy Kimbell (Institute for Social Design, UAL)
11.15: Morning Discussion: Applied Ethics ‘Speed Dating’
13.30: Afternoon Discussion: PHD Pecha Kucha’s
14.45: Audience Q&A
15.00 – 15.30: Closing Remarks
The 2-day pass is now sold out. Day 1 and Day 2 tickets are still available.
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