DesignTalks highlights the relevance of good design and how it benefits us all

Take the opportunity to easily explore the role and relevance of design in different contexts! Find all DesignTalks recordings here, available for anyone to take a chance and dive a bit deeper into the world of design
Illustration: Sabina Friman


What comes to your mind when you think of design?

If you only associate the word with arts and creative practices, you are surely not alone, nor necessarily wrong. But design is also much more. It has a massive role in how we see, experience, and make sense of the world around us. Despite that, its vast role in our everyday lives often goes unnoticed.

If you would like to extend your understanding about design and its role and relevance in different contexts, DesignTalks is made for you. All talk recordings are now available for everyone who is interested in exploring the concept of design further.

Seven sessions discuss the relevance of design and explain how it is present all around us and why does it matter. Each DesignTalks event brings together a professor from Aalto and an external professional, to shed a light upon the role of design within some specific context, from sustainability to business, cities, research and creativity.

The concept bridges Aalto professors' vast knowledge, research, and expertise in design with hands-on experience and insights from the experts in the field. Together these two voices offer a comprehensive but easy-to-digest overview of design in different contexts.

All the recordings are available below. Start from the beginning or pick the ones that interest you the most. A word of warning – you might end up going through them all!

Design Talks lecture series took place during December 2021 and May 2022. The series complements and continues an introductory online course to design, Design Bits.

Lecture series is organized by the Design Inside initiative in collaboration with Radical Creativity.


More information

Paulo Dziobczenski
Designer in residence at Aalto University
[email protected]


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

Design Bits online course for non-designers (external link)

Become more creative problem-solver by learning how to learn through exploration and experimentation.

Radical creativity illustration: Anna Muchenikova

Radical creativity

We build an outstanding creative community for new thinking.

Our strategy
  • Published:
  • Updated:
URL copied!

Read more news

Research & Art Published:

Automatic Coordination of Construction Actors – ACTOR Webinar Videos

ACTOR is a Finnish R&D project that builds new capabilities towards automated coordination of construction actors. On November 3, 2022, ACTOR organized a webinar with a panel discussion and partner presentations. The recordings of the program are now openly available.
Thesis materials. Photo by Aalto University, Riia Vidgren
Research & Art Published:

Interdisciplinarity within sustainable materials and sustainability education

Master's thesis by Riia Vidgren 'Sustainability Assessments for Novel Materials in Development: Crystalline Nanocellulose from Biowaste'
A star-shaped lattice of atoms
Research & Art Published:

The smallest robotic arm you can imagine is controlled by artificial intelligence

Deep reinforcement learning can build precise nanoscale shapes
Professor Marko Hinkkanen/ Aalto University/ photo: Anni Hanén
Honoured, Research & Art Published:

Professor Marko Hinkkanen named IEEE Fellow

He is being recognised for contributions to control methods for electric motor drives and grid converters.