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Good design benefits us all – welcome to open Design Talks lecture series

Join us for open lecture series discussing about the relevance of design in different contexts.
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In an increasingly complex world, being able to simplify and make complexity understandable is extremely useful and valuable. Good design strives for best possible sense-making, usability, attractiveness and style. 

DesignTalks series will have 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 goals, corporations, cities, business-to-business, research, accessibility, creative projects, and many more.  

All lectures will feature a speaker from Aalto University and one visiting professional. The first three talks will be held via Zoom, you can check the links for these talks below.

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 ETCS 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]

The relevance of design for sustainability

#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!

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The relevance of design for corporations

#2 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for corporations

All companies can substantially benefit from design. Tua Björklund (Aalto University) and Juho Paasonen (Posti) will share their findings. Everyone is welcome to join!

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Relevance of design for cities

#3 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for cities

Why design is especially useful for cities? Núria Solsona (Aalto University) and Hanna Harris (City of Helsinki) are sharing their insights. Everyone is welcome to join!

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Design for research

#4 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for research

Why design is especially useful for research? Guy Julier (Aalto University), Niall Shakeshaft (VTT) and Jane Vita (VTT) will share their insights.

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The relevance of design for business

#5 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for business

What is the value of design for business? Taija Turunen (Aalto University) and Harri Kiljander (Alpha Design Partners) will share their insights.

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DesignTalks - The relevance of design for innovation

#6 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for innovation

What is the value of design for innovation? Severi Uusitalo (Aalto University), Andreas Benker (Fiskars Group) and Thomas Abrell (Volkswagen) will share their insights.

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Relevance of design for creativity

#7 DesignTalks: The relevance of design for creativity

What is the value of design for creativity? Riikka Mäkikoskela (Aalto University) and Marco Mäkinen (TBWA/Helsinki) will share their insights.

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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)

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