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Design for a Changing World

Join leading designers and innovators from Beazley Designs of the Year for a new series of online talks exploring the challenges of designing for a changing world

What to expect

The unprecedented events over the last 12 months have created a new world, one that is defined by social, ecological, and economic uncertainty.

This new digital talk series will invite leading designers and thinkers to discuss three nominated projects from the current exhibition Beazley Designs of the Year 2020
to explore how design can help find new directions in this shifting landscape.

the talks

The Ouroboros Steak

Join designer Orkan Telhan and curator Michelle Millar Fisher as they discuss the controversial Ouroboros Steak, a DIY meal kit for growing gourmet steaks from human cells.

Please note that as the first talk of the series, this event has now ended.

The Xenobot

Join designer Josh Bongard and Senior Curator in the Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA, Paola Antonelli as they discuss the design of a new kind of living robot, the Xenobot.


Orkan Telhan

Orkan Telhan designs interrogative objects, interfaces, and media that investigate critical issues in cultural, environmental and social responsibility. He is Associate Professor Fine Arts—Emerging Design Practices at the University of Pennsylvania’s Weitzman School of Design.

Michelle Millar Fisher

Michelle Millar Fisher is the Wornick Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work investigates the confluence power, people, and all forms of design. Her current project, with design historian Amber Winick, is at @designingmotherhood on Instagram.

Josh Bongard

Josh Bongard is the Veinott Professor of Computer Science at the University of Vermont. He runs the Morphology, Evolution & Cognition Laboratory, which focuses on automated design of crowdsourced, soft-bodied and biological robots using evolutionary algorithms. He is the co-author of the book How the Body Shapes the Way We Think.

Paola Antonelli

Paola Antonelli is Senior Curator at The Museum of Modern Art in the Department of Architecture & Design, as well as MoMA’s founding Director of Research & Development. In collaboration with critic Alice Rawsthorn, Antonelli is currently working on @design.emergency, an Instagram and book project on the role of design in building a better future for all.

Related exhibition

Beazley Designs of the Year 2020

Explore the best designs across fashion, architecture, digital, transport, product and graphic design, nominated by design experts and the public.

As a specialist insurer, Beazley is well placed to understand the value of good design. It sees first-hand the consequences when things go wrong and its products and services are expertly designed to help people and businesses when they most need help.

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