GIDE Dundee 2019 – Keynote Dean Brown

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Dean Brown (1985) is a Scottish Designer based in London who designs and makes objectsinstallations and interiors with a dedication to materiality and narrative – delivering projects for clients including Google, Uniqlo, Nike, Sèvres and Schloss Hollenegg for Design. His work has been exhibited internationally at the Milan Furniture Fair, London Design Festival, the Victoria and Albert Museum and Aram Gallery, London.

Dean studied Product Design at DJCAD, University of Dundee, Scotland (2003-2007) followed by a one year Scholarship at Fabrica Communication Research Centre in Treviso, Italy (2010). In parallel to his own practice Dean has an active research profile as resident and senior consultant for Fabrica (2010-2014) and currently as a member of the Goldsmiths Interaction Research Studio (2017-).

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09.18 Lake Como Design Fair. Transit Vases. Como, IT

09.17 LDF 2017, Water. Reflections. London, UK

05.17 Mint, MetaCraft. Transit Vases. London, UK

05.17 Schloss Hollenegg for Design. Tree-ness. Graz, AT

09.16 LDF 2016, South East Makers Club. Transit Vases. London, UK

05.16 Schloss Hollenegg for Design. The Archive & The Rumpelkammer. Graz, AT

03.16 The Aram Gallery. Unread Messages. London, UK

11.15 The Aram Gallery. Prototypes and Experiments VIII. London, UK

10.15 PAD London. Sèvres. A Matter of Colour. London, UK

06.15 Galerie de Sèvres. A Matter of Colour. Paris, FR

05.15 Unikat. The 7 Lamps of Making, w/Fabrica. Graz, AT

09.14 Ace Hotel. Dilemma, w/Fabrica. London, UK

09.14 LDF 2015, Victoria & Albert Museum. The 7 Lamps of Making, w/Fabrica. London, UK

04.14 Milan Design Week. Hot & Cold, w/Fabrica. Milan, IT

09.13 LDF 2013. Shrines as part of “Visual Objects for the Home”. London, UK

04.12 Milan Design Week. Villa Nechi, Uplifting Carafes, Objet Colore & Préféré, w/Fabrica. IT

03.12 Design Museum. Colors Magazine Exhibition, w/Colors Magazine. London, UK

01.12 Design Museum Helsinki. Mobile Museum, w/Fabrica. FI

07.11 Victoria & Albert Museum. Mobile Museum, w/Fabrica. London, UK

04.11 Milan Design Week. Mobile Museum & Complementary Vase, w/Fabrica. Milan, IT

05.10 Folk Art Museum. Down Side Up, w/Fabrica. New York, USA

04.10 Milan Design Week. Sheildhall Lamp & Downside Up, w/Fabrica. IT




01.19 Today At Apple. Apple Store Regent Street. London, UK

05.17 PechaKucha. Dundee Design Festival. Dundee, UK

10.15 Maker Assembly. Victoria & Albert Museum. London, UK

09.15 It’s Nice That – Nicer Tuesdays. Protein. London, UK

09.14 Near Now Talks Series. Broadway. Nottingham, UK

09.14 British Council – Design Connections 10×10. LimeWharf Machines Room. London, UK



Dr Graham Pullin – Programme Director, Digital Interaction Design

Museum of Lost Interactions

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Graham Pullin is a designer, researcher, teacher and author of the manifesto Design Meets Disability (The MIT Press, 2009). He is senior lecturer in interaction design and product design at the University of Dundee, where he co-founded the Social Digital group and founded the Museum of Lost Interactions. Here his research is pioneering more expressive communication for people who cannot speak and currently find themselves limited by text-to-speech synthesis, through projects such as Six Speaking Chairs and a mid-career PhD entitled 17 ways to say yes. He is also exploring radical new materials for prosthetic hands: materials that do not imitate human skin, but are instead chosen for their aesthetic qualities, cultural resonances or personal significance.

Previously, Graham was a studio head at the design consultancy IDEO, leading multidisciplinary teams on projects as diverse as commercial Vodafone Simply phones for people in their 40s and 50s, concept hearing–enabling furniture for the HearWear exhibition at the V&A Museum, London, and the critical design project Social Mobiles that was exhibited in Tokyo, Ars Electronica and MoMA. Twenty years ago, he was designing bespoke prosthetic hands for his Master of Design at the Royal College of Art, following a post at the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering. Experiencing such different cultures within these different design fields inspired Design Meets Disability, a monograph that argues for more art school–trained designers to be invited into disability-related design, in order to contribute not only their skills but also their sensibilities. This would be a healthily disruptive influence within assistive technology, but could influence design in return.


 Tara Wainwright V&A Dundee

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Tara Wainwright is the Marketing & Audiences Manager at V&A Dundee and is graduate of the Dundee Textile Design programme at DJCAD Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design. Shortly after graduating Tara worked Kinross-based cashmere spinners, Todd & Duncan and also worked as a communication and brand consultant where she led the graphic design strategy for University of Dundee’s ‘Bridge’ publication.