“What Does It Mean To Make An Experiment?” is a research project between KADK’s School of Design and CITA set to investigate the position, role and significance of the experiment within design led research.

Daniel Charny presented the opening keynote asking: are experiments really a part of design practice as much as designers claim ? or does the reoccurring lack of hypothesis, method and rigour mean it’s a misguided use of the concept ?  Where does experimental design take place and who is actually experimenting with design?  These questions were intended to set the scene for the symposium at KADK, the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, organised by Lecturer in Textile Design Mary Ann Hansen and CITA Associate Professor Martin Tamke.



LDF is gearing up for the 2013 festival and this year among the many events it looks like there are more critical debates than ever before. Is this a classic sign of recession prone low cost events or a step up towards a proactive culture of enterprising engagement? With platforms as varied as the international Global Design Forum heavyweights to the experimental off-ground TREEHUB it definitely seems more of the latter.

Daniel Charny will be taking part in a number of these across town. First up is the mysterious secret speaker TREE/HUB sessions on technology in Peckham, a new discussion format focusing on the topic; other speakers include Stuart Bannocks, James Bridle, Gregory Epps, Sam Hill, Matt Ward and Dominic Wilcox. The following week on 18th September at the V&A Daniel will join Nico Macdonald‘s discussion on Productive Partnerships along with Andy Huntington from BERG.

Later this month, on the 29th of September, the Design Council will host a Bee Lab Breakfast conversation on Open Design, where the panel will be responding to the question ‘Just because it is open, does that mean it’s good ?’ Daniel will speak alongside Robert Phillips and Tom Hulme to name a few. On the 8th of October (is that still the LDF?) Daniel will participate in the public debate around The Future is Here at the Design Museum.


British Institute of Interior Design (BIID) held its annual conference under the broad theme of “Design Invention, Art and Science Collide” at the RIBA in London. Chaired by Aidan Walker, Professor Sue TimneyDeyan Sudjic and Daniel Charny discussed issues around the question  “How is technology redefining craft ?”. Other speakers along the day included Ab Rogers, Professor Penny Sparke and Thomas Heatherwick.


University for the Creative Arts Research & Enterprise invited Daniel Charny to give one of two keynote presentations alongside musician Matthew Herbert on their Staff Conference Customise! themed day. The talk entitled [Insert Title Here] was a joint conversation/presentation with Professor Ulrich Lehmann surveying and reflecting on the impact of MC (Mass Customisation).



Lodz Design Festival, Forum Design and Architecture, 19.10.12 Targowa 35, IV floor, will be hosting a series of talks curated by Maria Jeglinska interrogating what the Economist recently titled the Third Industrial Revolution. Speakers include: Aaron Makaruk, Antonia Nottenbohm, Jacek KolodziejskiNitzan Cohen, Johanna Agerman RossPrzemyslaw “Mac” Stopa and Daniel Charny. Charny will be presenting the thinking behind the Victoria and Albert Museum’s exhibition Power of Making and talking about attitudes to making and skills in the 21st century. Here is an excerpt from the introduction:

‘It seems we are in the midst of a great awakening of making, or even as some have declared the dawn of the next (maker driven?) industrial revolution.

The reality is that although most people can make, most just don’t. In fact fewer and fewer people, especially those who live in cities, actually know how to make the things they use, need or want; or even how these things are made. This is one of the most dramatic and unfortunate legacies of the Industrial Revolution which has shaped the world we live in. Distance and lack of understanding are impacting also on governments and educational institutions, which are failing to see that making is very much part of the future. Making is the universal infrastructure of production – be it technical or artistic, scientific or cultural. Making is a type of applied thinking that is at the core of creating new knowledge of all kinds, and the sensibilities of making should actively be made a part of our future.’


Monocle’s design editor Hugo Macdonald presents audio magazine Section D focusing on global design, architecture, fashion and graphics. Episode 50! brings highlights from this year’s 10th London Design Festival including an interview with Daniel Charny on the preceding day’s Global Design Forum and the importance of the festival in generating new work. To listen to the programme click on image below then on >Play and do your best to last through the musical intro.


This years London Design Festival started for Daniel Charny with the curating of the Great Recovery stand for RSA at 100% Design, designed by Thomas Matthews; then talking at the first Global Design Forum with Thomas Heatherwick about working with clients; the next day with Monocle’s design editor Hugo Macdonald about the LDF role in generating new work see podcast on Section D #50. Day 5 as ‘Design Brain’ on Dezeen Live with Marcus Fairs talking about authenticity; Day 6 was judging and presenting at Be Open Think Tank design awards; and day 6 was the most exciting launching of the new initiative Fixperts.org with James Carrigan and the amazing Fixperts team.


As part of the Victoria and Albert Museum events celebrating British design and creativity from 1948 to the present day Design and… Education is the first in a series of panel discussions at the V&A’s Sackler Centre set to question and critique how this legacy has come to be and if it is to be sustained how should it be developed. Chaired by Wayne Hemingway, Hemingway Design, the panel includes: Martin Roth, Director, V&A; Daniel Charny, Royal College of Art; Sophie Thomas, Royal Society of Arts; Richard Seymour, Seymourpowell; Emily Campbell, Creative Education Academies and Mat Hunter, Design Council.


BE OPEN [a Russian foundation which acts as a creative think tank, aiming to stimulate innovation by looking towards design education] launched ‘INSIDE THE ACADEMY’ with DesignMiami by honouring achievements in educational approaches for creative design. A selection of European design schools presented work these included Le Cambre, Belgium; Ecole cantonale d’art de Lausanne (ECAL), Switzerland; Hochschule Basel, Switzerland; Konstfack, Stockholm, Sweden; Sandberg Institute Amsterdam, The Netherland and Glasgow Fine Art School, UK.

The jury of international design experts included Ron Arad (Designer-Architect); Gilda Bojardi (Interni Magazine); Felix Burrichter (Pin-Up Magazine); Daniel Charny (Curator and Educator); Johanna Agerman Ross (Disegno Magazine) – selected the Sandberg institute to receive the BE OPEN Inside the Academy key note lectures Prize.

The following day Design Miami invited Ron Arad, Jurgen Bey and Daniel Charny to take part in a talk about ‘educating future innovators‘ moderated by the inquisitive Lucas Verweij.