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University of Greenwich

10 Stockwell Street

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The symposium is part of the School of Design University of Greenwich and the Cyprus High Commission Cultural Section in the UK.

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Join leading designers and academics to challenge what it means to design in a way that empowers individuals.

What does it mean to empower individuals? As designers, everything we create affects people. From typography to service design; the things we make construct systems. And these systems when scaled-up make worlds, placing users within systems of power that imply particular ways of being. As users, we are entangled in a range of social and commercial systems that shape the way we think and live in hundreds of little ways.

From the social to the political, to the technological; these worlds are largely normative, meaning that individuals have very little power to subvert the homogeneousness of design that assumes specific kinds of identity, sexuality, able-bodiedness, language or age.

This symposium seeks to create a platform to exchange ideas and practices that use methods, such as co-design, to explore how design diversity can empower individuals in new and exciting ways. It also seeks to question whether our design processes can amplify, diversify, and mobilise people – critically engaging with its own processes of world building.

The symposium will take place in the state-of-the-art building School of Design at the University of Greenwich, London.

Keynote Speaker

Gloria Kondrup’s professional career spans the fields of art, design, and education. As a design consultant she has helped evolve extensive branding, identity, and packaging systems. Companies benefiting from her expertise include Aon, Avon, and Goodwill Industries. As a full-time professor at ArtCenter College of Design, Gloria has been a dedicated design educator for over two decades, shaping and inspiring future generations of designers. She instills in her students the importance of ethical design practices, fairness and equality, and respect for our natural environment. As the Director of Archetype Press, ArtCenter’s unique and vibrant letterpress studio, she redefined the value of typography and analog technology in the digital landscape. In 2015, Gloria was instrumental in the fundraising for and creation of the Hoff-mitz Milken Center for Typography [HMCT] and currently serves as its Executive Director.

This is a FREE event, but registration is essential, Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided to all registered participants.

Participants will have the opportunity to visit the diversity + inclusivity by Design: Empowering Individuals exhibition in Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Supported by the Cyprus High Commission in London.

Further information:

http://diversityinclusivity.design/portfolio/symposium/

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University of Greenwich

10 Stockwell Street

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SE10 9BD

United Kingdom

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