1. 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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  2. We are a passionate team of people, with more than 1600 students from over 65 countries and approximately 120 staff. We operate from two studio locations: the University’s Newcastle City Campus East and a satellite campus in London.

    With a heritage of over 160 years, our five academic communities; Fashion, Industrial Design, Visual Communication, Innovation Design and Creative Entrepreneurship have established reputations for award winning design courses, teaching, research, design events and industry collaboration.

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  3. Prof. Mark Blythe, Chair in Interdisciplinary Design, Northumbria School of Design and Prof. Kia Hook, Interaction Lab, Swedish Institute of Computer Science discussed persuasive technologies designed to help us improve our health, consume less energy, straighten up and fly right.

    Kia Höök is Professor in Human-Machine Interaction at Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, and manager of the Interaction Laboratory, Stockholm University. Kia invented the idea of social navigation, enabling users to find their way through the space based on what other users have done or are doing in that space. Kia leads the Social Computing group in the HUMLE-lab, in which several systems were built to illustrate and test the idea of social navigation – both for the web and in mobile settings. Kristina has published more than 50 scientific papers, co-edited two books on Social Navigation and written a range of book chapters and popular science descriptions.

    Mark Blythe is a design ethnographer working in the field of Human Computer Interaction. His research interests include the ageing population, looming ecological catastrophe and the messed up world we’re in. He is currently working on a project on banking for the older old. His other work draws on critical theory and YouTube to consider the impacts of new and emerging technologies.

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  4. Prof. Doug Miller, Chair in Worker Rights in Fashion and Fiona Sadler, Head of Ethical Trading, Marks and Spencer believe this just can’t be right. But what can you do? In this session Doug and Fiona talked about their work in this arena

    Fiona Sadler is Head of Ethical Trading at Marks and Spencer where she is responsible for developing and communicating the ethical trading strategy to suppliers, ensuring they meet the M&S global sourcing principles and the eti Base code.

    Doug Miller has 30 years experience in teaching, researching and communicating on the issues surrounding equality, corporate responsibility and industrial relations. He worked intensively on the development of the first international framework agreement for the textile, clothing and footwear sector between the Global Union and Inditex S.A. – the Spanish multinational and world’s largest retailer. He is currently focused on a specific feature of buying behavior in the UK fashion retail industry: the negotiation of a manufacturing price (CMT cost) with suppliers which does not separately itemize labour cost.

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  5. Prof. Mark Blythe, Chair in Interdisciplinary Design, Northumbria School of Design and Prof. Kia Hook, Interaction Lab, Swedish Institute of Computer Science discussed persuasive technologies designed to help us improve our health, consume less energy, straighten up and fly right.

    Kia Höök is Professor in Human-Machine Interaction at Department of Computer and Systems Sciences, and manager of the Interaction Laboratory, Stockholm University. Kia invented the idea of social navigation, enabling users to find their way through the space based on what other users have done or are doing in that space. Kia leads the Social Computing group in the HUMLE-lab, in which several systems were built to illustrate and test the idea of social navigation – both for the web and in mobile settings. Kristina has published more than 50 scientific papers, co-edited two books on Social Navigation and written a range of book chapters and popular science descriptions.

    Mark Blythe is a design ethnographer working in the field of Human Computer Interaction. His research interests include the ageing population, looming ecological catastrophe and the messed up world we’re in. He is currently working on a project on banking for the older old. His other work draws on critical theory and YouTube to consider the impacts of new and emerging technologies.

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Northumbria School of Design

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Northumbria School of Design is a hugely passionate team of people, which has the will and commitment to champion Design towards what we may call “The New Architecture”. By this we mean using design in an architectural way; as a strategic thinker, social


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Northumbria School of Design is a hugely passionate team of people, which has the will and commitment to champion Design towards what we may call “The New Architecture”. By this we mean using design in an architectural way; as a strategic thinker, social innovator, product developer and creator of all ‘things’ beautiful in order to creatively transform things, places and lives.

With over 1800 students from over 65 countries and approximately 120 staff, we are a vibrant community with one of the most diverse ranges of design courses to be found in any UK University and a rich design research culture rated ‘Word Class’ in the 2008 RAE.

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