Design Education Talks

Design Education Talks

Since its inception in 2019, Design Education Talks podcast has served as a dynamic platform for the exchange of insights and ideas within the realm of art and design education. This initiative sprang from a culmination of nearly a decade of extensive research conducted by Lefteris Heretakis. His rich background, intertwining academia, industry, and student engagement, laid the foundation for a podcast that goes beyond the conventional boundaries of educational discourse. At its core, the Design Education Talks podcast functions as an open forum, fostering discussions that delve into the intricate facets of art and design education, unravelling the layers of creativity, and exploring the depths of design thinking in education. This podcast stands as a testament to our commitment to addressing the pressing challenges facing contemporary art and design education. Each episode becomes a nexus of exploration, where innovative solutions are sought and shared. The collaborative nature of these discussions reflects a commitment to bridging the gap between theory and practice, academia and industry, and tradition and innovation. One of the podcast's distinctive features is its role as a valuable resource for skill-building among the new generation of aspiring designers. The episodes serve as an intellectual toolbox, offering practical insights, strategies, and real-world experiences that contribute to the holistic development of creative professionals. Moreover, the podcast serves as a compass, providing clear directions for those interested in reshaping the models for teaching and learning in the dynamic field of design. As we continue our journey through the Design Education Talks podcast, our aim remains resolute: to inspire, inform, and ignite a transformative dialogue that propels the evolution of art and design education. By fostering an environment of collaboration and innovation, we aspire to contribute to the positive growth and adaptation of educational practices, ensuring that they align seamlessly with the needs and aspirations of the ever-changing creative landscape.

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May 1, 2024 35 mins

Steven Heller is the co-chair and co-founder with Lita Talarico of the MFA Design: Designer As Entrepreneur program at the School of Visual Arts, NYC. He was an art director of the New York Times for 33 years, Art Director of the Times Book Review for almost 30 of those years and “Visuals” columnist for the Book Review and “Graphic Content” column for the Times’ T-Style. He frequently wrote for Upper and Lower Case, Baseline, Creat...

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Pavel Pisklakov — designer, typographer and educator. Born, lives and works in Chelyabinsk, Russia. Assistant Professor at the South Ural State University.

Received a degree in Applied Maths, Pavel Pisklakov deeply engaged in the study of communication design. Specializes in posters, identity, and typography. His works were exhibited all over the world: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Czech Republic, Mexico, Montenegro, Liechten...

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Pontus Wärnestål (he/him) is an award-winning Service Designer and Human-Computer Interaction researcher, with 20 years of work experience in User Experience, Service Design, and Human-Centered AI. He is the author of 40+ scientific papers and books, including "Designing AI-Powered Services" (available at Studentlitteratur in Swedish and English). Pontus is passionate about teaching and an experienced public speaker and w...

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Pawel Pokutycki (PL/NL) is an interaction designer, researcher and lecturer at the Royal Academy of Art (KABK) in The Hague and Design Academy Eindhoven, The Netherlands. In 2005 he initiated early activities of the RFID Lab, later called the AR+RFID Lab, an experimental interdisciplinary platform for research in the application of Augmented Reality (AR) and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies in the field of art and...

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Tony graduated from Middlesex University in 1984 gaining a first in graphic design. He began work in the studio of his tutor Peter Gill. Eventually this association formalised into the design consultancy Root 2 Design (https://www.root2design.com). The consultancy was involved in many large-scale initiatives such as devising the visual identity and implementation for the London Research Centre. Tony was both an associate of Root 2 ...

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Alex is an internationally recognised creative education practitioner with an extensive career that stretches over twenty-five years. His work encompasses an extensive portfolio of international education development, creative project management, artist mentoring and educational policy-making.

In the UK, Alex played a key role in steering influential campaigns such as ‘Youth Arts Transforms Lives – FACT,’ benefiting from i...

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Design Education Talks Ep. 78 - Predrag K. Nikolic

Dr. Predrag K. Nikolic is a Full Professor and Chair of the Graduate User Experience (UX) Design Program at the College For Creative Studies, Detroit, United States. He is an experimental designer, interactive media artist, and digital media expert with a PhD in Digital Media and an MBA. His research focuses on mixed-experiential reality, singularity, human-AI interaction, artificia...

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I studied for five years in total at art school in the 1970s, Graphic Design and Illustration. At Maidstone College of Art my tutors included Greenaway Medal-winning Gerald Rose and, by contrast, Brian Eno. I worked solely as a freelance illustrator for 15-20 years, across most areas of the field while gradually takin on part-time teaching alongside my practice, eventually taking on Course Leader role for BA Illustration.

I was alwa...

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September 8, 2023 24 mins

With two decades of experience working in design and tech roles across various industries and sectors (from banking, construction, public infrastructure and more), Amit founded a design education academy/training consultancy, Experience Haus, in 2017 after being inspired to help people navigate career paths inside the creative economy. Experience Haus aims to shape the next generation of digital creatives, and to provide the essent...

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"Meet Tim Weaver, AKA The Brand Weaver, the ultimate Creative Solutions Activist! With over 14 years in the creative industry, he's not afraid to shake things up and challenge the status quo. Tim's worked with big shot corporate brands like DC Comics, Lucozade, and EasyJet. Now, he's performing a dual role - leading a team of 15 creatives at Interactive Schools, a global independent school storytelling agency AN...

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Lisa Winstanley is an Assistant Professor in the School of Art Design and Media. For the past decade she worked internationally as a design educator, however her academic career is also underpinned by over 20 years of commercial experience; working in the UK as a creative practitioner and design consultant.

As a visual communicator, Lisa’s work has won many prestigious design awards including, 3 A’ Design Awards 2020, a Pl...

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February 2, 2023 71 mins

Cal Swann attended art school in his hometown at Leicester College of Art in 1951. Specialising in typography under Tom Westley for the last three years, he gained the National Diploma in Design (Typography) and Full Tech C&G in Typographic Design in 1956. 

RAF National Service followed, and then quick career moves in print design, a couple of advertising agencies and eventually lecturing. Job chasing took him to Londo...

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Emanuel Barbosa is a designer, educator (Adjunct Professor and International coordinator at ESAD College of Art and Design) and researcher from Porto, Portugal. From 2012 to 2016 was creative director of Casa International magazine (Beijing). Founder and President of ACLC - Portuguese-Chinese Cultural Association, later known as ACPT – Portuguese Cultural Association. Curator and promotor of design and creativity events in Porto, M...

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Professor Ting Chawchen is a scholar who play a role in leading Chinese design education into the future in addressing the needs of both local and global community. His knowledge and understating come from his years of pedagogical experience in learning and working abroad, he generates international perspective to better interpret cultural differences and apply to his jobs in daily basis. He’s engagement in design practice focuses ...

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Prof Duri is a published author, translator, artist, and educator, having taught in Architecture, Interior Design, Health Sciences and the Built Environment and History and Theory of Art and Architecture for twenty years.

Prof. Duri practiced architecture and interior design for a decate in New York City with specialization in the design and construction of health facilities and hospitals before being appointed overseas (UAE) to sta...

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Oscar Diaz is a London based Industrial designer and educator. His work is characterised by a plain, innovative and playful take on everyday objects. He has worked for companies such as Muji, Joseph & Joseph or Hermès designing products and installations.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/OscarDiazStudio
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/oscardiazstudio
Website: http://www.oscar-diaz.net
Bio: http://www.oscar...

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Shalini Prasad is an educator, integrative designer, brand consultant, and graphic artist. She runs her own design practice under DeSha Consulting and teaches visual communication and typography at the College of Art and Design at Lesley University. In addition to her professional and academic roles, she is a classical trained dancer, and actor. She loves traversing the many modalities of the creative arts along with the performing...

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After graduating as Industrial Designer Justus Theinert carried out a one year field inquiry on “Methodology and didactics in European design education”, visiting the leading design schools in Europe. Later he participated as Research Fellow in the project “Design quality of engineer-buildings” at the University Stuttgart, investigating the phenomenon of Gestalt-quality in engineer buildings. He then became an Assistant Professor a...

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Professor Antony Eddison PFHEA. With a professional lifetime of teaching, management & leadership in Further and Higher Education in the UK and internationally, Tony is Advisor and External Examiner at several universities for innovative post-graduate programmes, as a practitioner he has worked in Architecture, Design and related Creative Industries and as an artist has most recently exhibited his work at The Royal British Soci...

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Bradford Hansen-Smith spent the first half of his life as a sculptor; then it changed. Inspired by the work of Buckminster Fuller he took ten years to educate himself in geometry and math seeing that it all goes back to the image we draw of the circle. The next thirty-two years he has been exploring folding circles with people interested. Without any degree, and no certification, he taught folding circles in and out of classrooms, ...

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