#1 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for sustainability

The first Design Talks will discuss why design is relevant for sustainability transformations with Idil Gaziulusoy (Aalto University) and Kimmo Timonen (Adventure Club). Everyone is welcome to join!
The relevance of design for sustainability
Illustration: Sabina Friman

Watch the recording of the event below:


  • 16:00 – Event starts
  • 16:05 – Opening words - Turkka Keinonen, Professor of Industrial Design and Vice Dean of Research in School of Arts, Design and Architecture
  • 16:15 – How to accelerate start-ups with the help of design; Impact Club -driver for sustainable growth - Kimmo Timonen - CEO of Adventure Club and founder of Impact Club 
  • 16:45 – Break
  • 17:00 – Design for Sustainability: A Multi-level Innovation Framework - İdil Gaziulusoy, Professor of Sustainable Design at Aalto University.
  • 17:30 – Kimmo + İdil - Discussion on design for sustainability.

DesignTalks series consists of eight lectures during December 2021 – May 2022. Each event will have its own theme discussing the relevance of design in different contexts such as sustainable development, corporations, cities, business-to-business, research, accessibility, creative projects, and many more.

The series will complement and continue our introductory on-line course to design, Design Bits. The series of talks is open for everyone, but Aalto students can get one 1 ECTS study credit upon participating to all lectures and returning a learning diary. 

Lecture series is organized by the Design Inside initiative in collaboration with Radical Creativity. If you have any questions about this event, send a message to Paulo Dziobczenski - Designer in residence at Aalto University: [email protected]


Idil Gaziulusoy
İdil Gaziulusoy

İdil Gaziulusoy, Professor of Sustainable Design, Department of Design, Aalto University

I'm a sustainability scientist and a design researcher, developing a teaching and research portfolio for imagining sustainable, equitable and resilient future systems through various approaches in design research and developing interventions to achieve these proposals. 

Her work is concerned with socio-technical and socio-ecological systems with a particular focus on production-consumption systems and cities. She is a global pioneer in the emerging area of design for sustainability transitions, developing theories and methods/tools for design practice dealing with sustainability transitions. 


Kimmo Timonen
Kimmo Timonen

Kimmo Timonen, CEO & Founder Adventure Club & Impact Club

Seasoned entrepreneur, investor and digital professional with growth mindset. Founder of design agency Adventure Club; focusing on business design, brand and experience design currently operating under 4 studios (Amsterdam, Helsinki, Turku and Berlin). Investor in impact-driven start-ups (such as Mightifier, Chillaa) focusing on SDGs #3, #12 & #13 (preventive healthcare, sustainable consumption and fighting climate change) and board professional.


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Relevance of design for cities

#3 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for cities

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Good design benefits us all – welcome to open DesignTalks lecture series

Join us for our open lecture series discussing about the relevance of design in different contexts.

Design Bits is Aalto's introductory online course to design for non-designers. Illustration: Paulo Dziobczenski

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