Prof Paul Rodgers, Chair in Design Issues, School of Design and Alex Milton, Director of Research, Heriot-Watt University discussed the challenges that the design industry and designers now face in the light of us all possessing excessive amounts of stuff.

Paul Rodgers has had a distinguished and extensive career in design academia. Prior to joining Northumbria School of Design in November 2009, he was Reader in Design at Edinburgh Napier University between 1999 and 2009 and a post-doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge’s Engineering Design Centre between 1996 and 1999. He also worked at the University of Wolverhampton as a senior lecturer in Product Design between 1995 and 1996. Professor Rodgers has published more than 100 papers in book chapters, journals and conferences. He sits on the Editorial Review Board of many international design conferences including the Design Research Society, Design Computing and Cognition, and Engineering and Product Design Education. He is also a member of the Editorial Board of the International journal Design Studies.

Alex Milton, in his own words, is a designer, educator, researcher and writer with an aim to promote a critical, interactive and playful approach to design, from evolving new methods for concept generation to developing innovative products. Originally trained as a car designer, I have worked and taught across a range of design disciplines to create new methods and formats to encourage meaningful consumer and audience participation in the production, consumption and interpretation of design. I aim to create a vibrant design culture that thrives on idea creation, innovation and exploration, enabling the creation of inclusive designs for people, with people.

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