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Workchops - Public talk with Andrea Siodmok & Liz Sanders
Wed 22 March 2017, 17:30 – 20:00 NZDT
Workchops, Massey University, Toi Āria: Design for Public Good and Digital Arts welcome you to a public talk on strategic design practices by Andrea Siodmok and LIz Sanders, who will be in New Zealand to facilitate sessions at Workchops retreat.
Andrea and Liz will talk about their design practices, as well as their experience during Workchops. This will be followed by reflections by participants, who will be confirmed in the lead up to the event.
Liz Sanders is a well known visionary in co-design research, having introduced many of the tools, techniques and methods being used today to drive and/or inspire design from a human-centered perspective. Liz has practiced co-designing across all the design disciplines. Her current focus is on bringing participatory, human-centered design thinking and co-creation practices to the challenges we face for the future. She is co-author of the book Convivial Toolbox: Generative Research for the Front End of Design. Liz’s workshop at Workchops will engage the experienced practitioners in a learning environment with hands-on, co-design activities and experiments.
Andrea is both a practitioner and design thinker with an international reputation for applying design for public good. Formerly Chief Design Officer at the Design Council, she is currently head of the UK Government’s Policy Lab and a Deputy Director at the Cabinet Office.
She is passionate about expanding the boundaries of design practice. From the earliest days of her career at BT’s Adastral Park Labs, through to her more recent Policy Lab projects, her work demonstrates practical ways to improve peoples' lives using design principles and practice.
Over twenty years her clients and commissions have taken her around the world (and beyond – with some of her earliest consultancy work being designing the World’s smallest x-ray machine for NASA). During that time she has worked with global corporations, government departments, charities and social enterprises on multi-award winning projects. She was an early proponent of service design, and has been a champion for public involvement in designing better public services.
As a representative of British design she has been invited to run workshops across five continents, regularly speaking and writing about design. She was appointed a member of the European Commission’s Design Leadership Board and has been a contributor to a number of books on design including: Design for Policy (with MindLab), Design Transitions, Restarting Britain and Design for Growth and Prosperity.
Andrea has a first class honours in Industrial Design and a PhD in Virtual Reality. As an academic she taught product and transportation design, a link she maintains as a visiting fellow at the University of Northumbria. Andrea is also lifetime fellow and an active member of the RSA where over 20 years she has been involved in the Student Design Awards; as a student, tutor, sponsor, judge and more recently chair of judges.
Workchops is a 4-day immersive experience to help develop strategic design practices for experience practitioners in New Zealand. The inaugural event takes place from 19th to 22nd March at Silverstream Retreat in the Hutt Valley. Find out more at www.workchops.website