1. Design the other self

    Martino Gamper’s practice engages in a variety of projects from exhibition design, interior design, specialist one-off commissions and the design of mass- produced products for the cutting edge of the international furniture industry. As an introduction to his 3-day workshop at Fabrica, Martino discusses his interests and holistic way of working, showing examples of past projects.


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  2. Communication design: if change is what you want, then you are in the right business

    Elizabeth Farlie is a passionate designer and educator. She has more than 15 years of experience in design, currently lectures at RMIT University and founded a new design school in 2013 called Melbourne School of Design. Farlie’s lecture at Fabrica is about the function of communication design in forming what we “know” to be real. Design’s capacity to influence these understandings means that it cannot only be utilized to reinforce the status quo (as it often does) but also can envision how things could be. That is, to influence and envision change. Her lecture at Fabrica explores the role that design has in change towards better ways of living both socially and environmentally. She takes a look at the link between design and change (towards more sustainable everyday practices) being that “truth” or “reality” are not fixed but are culturally-acquired. Does design always have to provide answers and “neaten up” things or can it “undo” wrongs instead? How can design can be more democratic, involving an audience, provoking debate and independent thought?


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  3. Typography: not marks on paper, but a window of words
    Niko Spelbrink is a type designer and educator at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. He was also Icograda President from 1987 to 1989. In this lecture at Fabrica, Spelbrink illustrates his life-long love for the art and discipline of typographic design.


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  4. Networking nature

    Cristiana Favretto and Antonio Girardi co-founded Studiomobile in 2007. At Fabrica they speak about their work as hybrid designers, merging interaction design and urban assimilative design. Presenting a selection of their research work, Favretto and Girardi illustrate their design methods and explain how these are shaped by economical, social and environmental changes.


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  5. Reams of paper

    Matt Cottam is founder of Tellart and faculty member at Copenhagen Institute for Interaction Design. In this talk at Fabrica, Matt reflects on the symbiotic relationship between Tellart and several international design schools over the past decade which has enabled both to build new tools and ways of studio practice that synthesize the talents of designers and engineers. Matt presents Tellart's Chrome Web Lab exhibition at the Science Museum (London), bringing into focus key design challenges and decisions involved in bridging online/virtual with onsite/physical experiences at scale. He discusses the current horizon between making things possible and deciding what to make.


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