KISDtalk: "Design for Social Impact"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design , 04. Juni 2019

Design for Social Impact realizes positive social change for communities and individuals. It is the role of designers to provide global communities with socially responsible, ethical, and sustainable design solutions – in order to contribute to the betterment of society. In this public lecture, KISDtalk speaker Ian de Vere will elaborate on the correlations between design and society.

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KISDtalk: "Design for Social Impact"

KISDtalk: Theories and Practice of Design


  • 04. Juni 2019
  • 17.30 Uhr bis 19.00 Uhr
  • in meinen Kalender übertragen


KISD – Köln International School of Design, Ubierring 40, 50678 Cologne


free entry


KISDtalks: Theories and Practice of Design


Prof. Ian de Vere, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Melbourne


KISD – Köln International School of Design

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Design can play a significant role as a ‘shaper’ of society, empowering communities through direct engagement and design innovation. Design for Social Impact is an important agenda for design education. Design graduates must be ethical and responsible, cognizant of the potential impact of their professional activities and need to understand their capability to make positive contributions to global communities. Ian de Vere introduces a community engagement model that enables students to realize effective design inventions in their local community – through an empathetic co-design process.

Prof. Ian de Vere is Associate Dean, Industrial Design at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia, and previously was Head of Design at Brunel University, London. He is an award-winning industrial designer with extensive industry experience in new product development and an experienced design educator who is keen to ensure designers contribute positively to global communities through a socially responsive approach.

The talk will be held in English language.

The KISDtalks are a public lecture series on relevant perspectives of design. They give space for an open-minded and profound analysis and reflexion of the manifold issues of design, culture, society, technology, and different scientific disciplines. Topics are interdisciplinary, integrative, and provide internationality by domestic and international speakers.
The talks take place on specified dates on a Tuesday at 5:30 pm in the conference room 11 at KISD. The 60-90 minutes-long presentations with “Q&A“ are a public event and free of charge.