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DIF on AIR New Metaphors for Design, Economies, and the Systems of Everyday Life

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  • Dan Lockton, Devika Singh, Michelle Chou, Saloni Sabnis

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Many challenges facing humanity are complex, involving relationships and timescales that are difficult to understand. So, we simplify by using metaphors: media notions of national economies as larger versions of household budgets; data as 'new oil'; more progressive re-framings such as ‘circular economies’.

New metaphors can be disruptive. They're often used by designers to introduce new practices in everyday life. But there's potential to use them strategically at a higher level, to shift mindsets and inspire action towards a circular economy. In this DIF on Air session, we'll explore generating—and applying—new metaphors, and how expanded conceptual vocabularies could improve understanding and reframe debate.


Speakers

Dan Lockton

Dan Lockton

Director of Imaginaries Lab and Chair of Design Studies, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr Dan Lockton is a designer and researcher. He is Chair of Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon, in Pittsburgh, PA, where he runs the Imaginaries Lab, a new design research/teaching platform. Dan’s work centres on people’s interactions with technology, how that affects our understanding and actions, and how we might think and live differently, enabling transitions to more environmentally and socially sustainable futures. Dan is best known for Design with Intent, a design pattern collection for behaviour change. Previously, he was a researcher and tutor at the Royal College of Art, London.

Devika Singh

Devika Singh

Research Assistant, Imaginaries Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

Devika is a graduate interaction design student at Carnegie Mellon’s School of Design. She studied product design at the National Institute of Design, India. After graduating, she worked in roles in automotive, robotics, additive manufacturing, and telecommunication devices. She believes in design-led technology and solutions that are future-oriented yet grounded in sustainability. Currently, for her thesis she’s exploring how maps and navigation systems can be visualized to facilitate a deep cognitive understanding of place, while encouraging interaction and exploration of physical spaces.

Michelle Chou

Michelle Chou

Research Assistant, Imaginaries Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

Michelle is a research assistant at Imaginaries Lab, Carnegie Mellon School of Design, developing New Metaphors—an interaction design method for generating ideas and reframing problems, which is powerful to shift mindsets and inspire actions. She's a product designer, and currently co-leading As-A-Product-Designer (AAPD), a media and community service for product designers' personal growth globally. Her experiences include product design, strategy, and management across North America and Asia.

Saloni Sabnis

Saloni Sabnis

Research Assistant, Imaginaries Lab, Carnegie Mellon University

Saloni Sabnis is a research assistant at the Imaginaries Lab at Carnegie Mellon University. A master's student of interaction design at CMU, she is interested in the use of technology towards a more sustainable future. She also runs a not-for-profit project called Good Alternatives in India which helps people find alternatives that reduce waste and environmental impact.

Host

Laura Franco Henao

Laura Franco Henao

DIF Intern

Laura is ½ of the DIF intern team. Laura has an academic background in Economics and International Development and she has done her masters research on how the Circular Economy can help address environmental and social challenges in the Uruguayan context. In addition, she has worked at the University of Sussex in the project: Understanding the Circular Economy-Entrepreneurial motivations, business and consultancy practices.

Laura has received several scholarships and awards for her academic results. She loves languages, sports and most of all, travelling and discovering new places and stories.

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