Design Talks

Program 2014

Program 2014

The 2014 edition of the DesignTalks, the public lecture series promoted every year by SPD, brings together voices from different professional fields and covers a wide rage of contemporary subjects, from type to exhibit design applied to the urban scale, from the evolution of magazine design to the emerging post-serial design on-demand platforms. The visual design programme, curated by Silvia Sfligiotti, graphic designer and co-editor of the magazine Progetto Grafico, features stories, ideas and insights from Luciano Perondi, Andreas Gysin, Luca Pitoni, Paolo Tassinari, John Walters and Peter Bilak. Ali Filippini, journalist, researcher and design critic, selected the guest speakers for the product design and architecture area: Matteo Ragni, Ico Migliore, Setsu Ito, Denis Santachiara, Simone Micheli. The complete programme offers a showcase of of the latest topics and research trends from different disciplines offering an up to date perspective on the creative and  evolution of the professional scene.

The new edition of DesignTalks will start in spring 2015. The programme will be available at the beginning of the year.

 

The meetings scheduled for Design Talks 2014

Wednesday, March 26

h.18.30

Luciano Perondi

 

Introduced by Silvia Sfligiotti

Luciano Perondi, research professor and information designer, is the director of the ISIA Institute in Urbino. In his book “Sinsemie. Scritture nello spazio” (Synsemia. Writings in the space) published in 2012 by Stampa Alternativa, Perondi translates the common definition of Information Design into Synsemia as a conscious and responsive disposition of writing elements in the space with the aim to communicate throught possible space configurations and additional visual elements, univocally and following a regular practice”.

http://synsemia.org/

Tuesday, May 6

h.18.30

Andreas Gysin

 

Introduced by Massimiliano Mauro

Andreas Gysin lives and works as a visual designer between Berlin and Lugano. His work brings together graphics, animation and creative coding to develop custom programs oriented toward a different output according to the medium chosen. He teaches interaction design and programming at ECAL, Lausanne and in SUPSI, Lugano and in workshops worldwide.

http://www.ertdfgcvb.ch

Wednesday, May 7

h.18.30

Luca Pitoni

 

Introduced by Silvia Sfligiotti

Specialized in magazine design, Luca Pitoni was the man behind the launch of IL, Intelligence in Lifestyle, the monthly supplement for the Saturday edition of the Sole24Ore newspaper. In his role as art director of the Edizioni San Paolo, he started an ambitious programme for redesigning well-known periodicals and introducing new publications.

http://www.lucapitoni.it/

Wednesday, May 21

h.18.30

Paolo Tassinari

 

Introduced by Silvia Sfligiotti

Since the end of the Seventies Paolo Tassinari works in the field of visual design with a focus on corporate and cultural commissions for editorial, identity and exhibit design projects. In 1984 with Pierpaolo Vetta he founded the firm Tassinari/Vetta in Trieste. He is the art director of «Casabella», architectural magazine design of international relevance. Since 1996 he completed art, design and architecture projects collaborating with the leading names on the international scene. He is member of AGI-Alliance Graphique Internationale, he teaches and gives lectures in Italy, Middle East, Australia; in 2011 he received the Compasso d’oro/ADI award for his work for the Napoli Teatro Festival Italia.

http://www.tassinarivetta.it/

Wednesday, June 11

h.18.30

John L. Walters

 

Introduced by Silvia Sfligiotti

A professionally trained musician, John L. Walters, Walters is a journalist and critic and since 1999 is the director of Eye Magazine, prestigious periodical on graphic design and visual communication. In 2008, together with Simon Esterson, he becomes owner and publisher of the magazine, which since then is totally independent. Walters regularly participates in International conferences and juries, amongst which the European Design Awards and the 24th Biennial of Graphic Design in Brno.

http://www.eyemagazine.com/

Wednesday, June 18

h.18.30

Matteo Ragni

 

Introduced by Ali Filippini

Architect, designer and art director, Matteo Ragni has been awarded with the Compasso d’Oro ADI in 2001 for the disposable biodegradable “spork” Moscardino, which is now part of the permanent design collection at MOMA New York. He won the Wallpaper Design Award ’08 with Leti, a table lamp/book end produced by Danese. In 2008 he founded TobeUs, a brand of toys handcrafted in Italy that wants to be a manifesto for consumer’s awareness. He published with Corraini “Camparisoda: l’aperitivo veloce futurista: da Fortunato Depero a Matteo Ragni”, and “Wallpaper celebrations”. In 2012 he won the National Award for Innovation “Prize of Prizes” for the project W-eye. At the end of 2013 a celebratory exhibition about his work entitled “Matteo Ragni: Almost 20 Years of Design” was held at the “Italian Cultural Institute of Toronto”. Among many others prizes, once again he has been awarded with Compasso d’Oro ADI.

http://www.matteoragni.com

Wednesday, June 25

h.18.30

Peter Bilak

 

Introduced by Silvia Sfligiotti

Peter Bilak is the founder of the magazine Works that work and of the type foundy Typotheque. His versatile activities range from type design to editorial and encompasses the collaboration to contemporary dance projects. In this conference Bilak focuses on type design as a practice that is full of contradictions: it is one of the most specialised design disciplines, but also the one whose results audience cannot escape, being bombarded by type daily. Peter Bilak will discuss what thoughts go into designing a typeface — starting with language, technology and how it affects its design.

http://www.peterbilak.com/
http://www.typotheque.com/

Wednesday, July 2

h.18.30

Ico Migliore

 

Introduced by Paolo Cesaretti

Ico Migliore founded Migliore+Servetto firm in 1997 together with Mara Servetto. The studio develops architectural, interior, urban and communication projects and works for cities, institutions and museums, as well as for the most important international brands in industry, fashion and publishing. With offices in Milan, Tokyo, Seoul and Warsaw, Migliore+Servetto conceives projects on different scales: places are interpreted as active interfaces, communication tools between companies/institutions and the public so as to establish a memorable experience. Their work has been awarded with many international prizes.

http://www.architettimiglioreservetto.it

Wednesday, July 9

h.18.30

Setsu Ito

 

Introduced by Ali Filippini

Setsu Ito moved from his native Japan to Milan in 1995 and began his career collaborating with two of the masters of design of the 20th century: the leader of Italian avant-garde Alessandro Mendini at Studio Alchimia and the celebrated architect and industrial designer Angelo Mangiarotti. Setsu Ito soon decided to pursue an independent activity and opened his own design practice together with Shinobu Ito. They work for important companies worldwide and received many international awards such as the Young & Design Award (1999), the Good Design Award (2001) and the Compasso d’Oro (2011). Their projects are featured in the permanent collections of renowned cultural institutions including the Triennale Design Museum in Milan and the Die Neun Sammlung International Design Museum in Munich. The works of the studio have been published in various books and international magazines.

http://www.studioito.com

Tuesday, July 15

h.18.30

Denis Santachiara

 

Introduced by Ali Filippini

Denis Santachiara is one of the protagonist of Italian design. Since the 80’s he has worked in between art and design focussing on industrial technologies and innovative processes in order to obtain new aesthetical values for functional yet poetic products. He has curated numerous exhibitions including “La Neomerce” (1984) at the Milan Triennale. His work was shown in the most prestigious institutions: the Centre Pompidou, the Louvre and the Grand Palais in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in Tokio, the Chicago Atheneum, the Vitra museum and the Moma in New York to name a few. For his accomplishments in product and interior design he received the Compasso d’Oro, the Good Design and Design World awards, among others. The last frontier of his work is called “download design”: on-demand projects whose production and sale are commissioned online, directly by the end-user. A system that is transforming the traditional supply chain including production infrastructures, marketing and distribution networks, stores.

http://www.denisantachiara.it

Monday, July 21

h.18.30

Simone Micheli

 

Introduced by Ali Filippini

Simone Micheli started his architectural practice in Florence in 1990 and later in 2003 founded the architecture and design firm Simone Micheli Architectural Hero with offices in Florence and Milan. His career has taken him in multiple directions: architecture and interior design, industrial design and visual communications. He has carried out numerous projects for local government bodies and major private patrons active in residential and community building. His designs are characterized by strong identity and uniqueness. Among his recent international awards the TrE Number One Award 2011 for interior design (Italy); the Contemporary Spa Award 2011 in the category Best Future Spa (Italy), the International Design Award 2008 in the category Interior Design (USA), the Interior Designer of the Year at the International Design Award 2008 (USA), the Best of Year 2010 in the category Beauty, Spa and Fitness, award organized by Interior Design Magazine (USA).

http://www.simonemicheli.com

Wednesday, November 5

h.11.30

Mauro Porcini

 

Introduced by Antonello Fusetti

Mauro Porcini is the Chief Design Officer at PepsiCo. The lecture titled Design as a new asset to drive meaningful innovation offers interesting insights on how to apply design thinking in business so as to enhance the strategic processes to identify needs and opportunities and the approach to problem solving. After having worked for several years at 3M, both in Milano and in Saint Paul, Porcini joined Pepsi Co in 2012 as the Chief Design Officer, a role created expressely for him. He is responsible for infusing design thinking into the company’s organization and culture by globally managing design with a creative, innovative, and consumer-centered approach for all the PepsiCo’s brands. Mauro Porcini has been selected by Fortune as a 40Under40 business leader and by Fast Company as one of the 50 Most Influential Designers in America.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/mauroporcini