Design Researcher, Danish Design Centre, Denmark.
The DAMADEI Project is an EU Project that seeks to raise awareness among designers and to provide them with the appropriate experience on how to take advantage of these huge opportunities regarding advanced materials. In this way, design will be able to unlock its full potential as a driver of innovation and European competitiveness.
I conducted a 10 month long research into understanding the stakeholders of the advanced materials sector and the design sector, travelling to meet manufacturers, suppliers and researchers working with advanced materials. Based on the insights gathered, the current synergies between the sectors had to be analysed considering barriers, needs and policy implications on both sectors.
The research was presented as a Report that can be read here.
Read my travelogue here
* The Danish Design Center was a DAMADEI partner along with Materio, Prague and FAD Materials Library, Barcelona.
Project Manager, Frugal Digital, Denmark.
Frugal Digital seeks to explore a deconstructed view on technology at a local level to address large global challenges. It is a research group that focuses on researching methods and practices around creating digital solutions in low resource settings like that of developing economies. The main research enquiry is how do we apply frugality to digital life and create solutions that are inexpensive, adaptable, re-purposes or uses available resources and creates valuable knowledge along with new solutions?
I have helped in creating the projects, planning & conducting field research and eventually dissemination of various projects and results. The project continues to invest time and resources on new projects and it is an ongoing activity.
Read more about Frugal Digital here.
Read my travelogue here
* The Frugal Digital Project started as a Research Project at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, led by Vinay Venkatraman.
Design Researcher, Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design, Denmark.
Client: Ministry of Business & Growth, (ERST) Denmark.
Understanding the Danish Design ecosystem is of prime importance to companies planning to use design in a strategic way and also governmental agencies involved in planning the future policies to drive growth and public sector innovation by design. This helps to identify current patterns, gaps in the system and macro trends that can be of vital importance to the near future planning and resource forecasting.
The premise of this research was that the design industry in Denmark is not just a cluster but a very complex ecosystem of people and institutions addressing design concerns at various levels – from visual design for branding and identity to tangible design for sensorial experiences to strategic design which helps companies bridge the innovation divide using design methodologies.
Data was collected by quantitative methods driven by data mining and a large number of qualitative interviews with various stakeholders in the industry. The collected data was used to create an improved visualisation of this complex landscape. The visualisations developed as high-resolution illustrations i.e. info graphics and dynamic animations. These renderings are useful to identify key opportunity areas, gaps in the existing models and identify a variety of new business areas untouched by design.
Previous research, study and documentation has enough empirical data to support this premise and the different editions of design policies in Denmark have been informed by such studies. This study was conducted to inform the Growth committee setup to write the next Design Policy in Denmark.
* The project continues as an exploration into mapping the creative industries landscape at Leapcraft, Denmark.
Design Researcher, CIID Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design
Client: Maersk Line
The aim of the project was to travel to various Maersk operation locations and understand what it meant to be on time, to their employees and the society they lived in.
On Time Delivery is a key enabler of Maersk Line’s vision of being the most reliable logistic service provider and an industry leader. The economic downturn only made this task imperative and a key metric success. Understanding how employees across their global operations understood this vision was therefore important. I was part of a team that conducted research across 8 countries to find local inspiration and meet Maersk employees to get their perspectives and attitudes on local challenges. Through the research we discovered unspoken working patterns and unmet needs, which were shared with Maersk stakeholders.
I conducted field work in India studying local examples that emphasized punctuality in a service delivery. Some of the systems studied for inspiration were the Dabbawala food delivery system, time keeping by priests for Hindu religious activities, a trust based transfer service for diamonds and cash among others.
Read my travelogue here
Editorial Planning, Direction
Client: Thomas Madsen-Mygdal, Reboot
In the summer of 2008, Thomas Madsen-Mygdal hosted the 11th and final edition of the Reboot Conference which for years had been the Mecca for people in the IT futures world. Robbot had always brought together trend setters, underground electronics champions and gizmo gurus and for te final event Thomas hoped that it could be documented and commemorated with a Reboot Book.
Collecting talks, transcripts, vox pops and opinions during the three days of Reboot was a daunting task ofcourse, but planning the event with an army of volunteers was even more, as time was short and no detail could be missed. But with a fantastic team, no task is tough!
See the fabulous Reboot book here.