The International Conference on Design Principles and Practices will feature plenary session addresses by some of the world's leading thinkers and innovators in the field, as well as numerous parallel presentations by researchers and practitioners.

Garden Conversation Sessions

Main speakers will make formal 30 minute presentations in the plenary sessions. They will also participate in 60 minute Garden Conversation sessions at the same time as the parallel sessions. The setting is a circle of chairs outdoors. These sessions are entirely unstructured-a chance to meet the plenary speaker and talk with them informally about the issues arising from their presentation.

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  • Ezio Manzini

    Ezio Manzini is Professor of Industrial Design at Politecnico di Milano, is Director of the Research Unit Design and Innovation for Sustainability and coordinates the Masters in Strategic Design and Doctorate in Industrial Design programmes. He works on strategic design and design for sustainability, with a focus on scenario building and solution development. His concept of the 'Sustainable Everyday' - sharing of local initiatives that enhance quality of life and build community solidarity while contributing to environmental sustainability - has won widespread recognition as a key element in the emerging new strategies of sustainable development. Currently, he is also visiting lecturer at the Tohoku University in Japan. In the past, he has been Director of the Domus Academy in Milano and Chair Professor of Design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Some relevant results of his research activities have been edited in the book: Manzini, E., Jegou, F., Sustainable everyday, Edizioni Ambiente, Milano, 2003. Other recent papers can be found at:

  • William Gaver

    Bill Gaver is Professor of Design at Goldsmiths College, University of London. He has pursued research on innovative technologies for over 15 years, following a trajectory that led from experimental science to design. His research work has spanned auditory interfaces, theories of perception and action, and interaction design. Currently he focuses on design-led methodologies and innovative technologies for everyday life. Much of his work has been pursued with and for companies such as Intel, Apple, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Xerox. He is a principal investigator of the EPSRC-sponsored Equator IRC, and is a member of the AHRC and EPSRC Peer Review Colleges.

  • Ken Friedman

    Ken Friedman works at the intersection of three fields: design, management, and art. At Denmark's Design School, he works with theory construction and comparative research methodology for design and as Professor of Leadership and Strategic Design at the Norwegian School of Management, he focuses on knowledge economy issues. "To design effective processes and artifacts, designers must know how things work and why," Friedman writes. "This requires constructing and testing theories. In the most basic form, theories are models that demonstrate how things work by describing their properties or elements in dynamic relationship. Theories help us to understand what happens when elements interact. Theory construction is the art of developing the theories we require for robust design practice." Ken Friedman has done research in the philosophy of science, the philosophy of design, and doctoral education in design. He also works with national design policy projects in Estonia, Latvia, and Wales. As book review editor of Design Research News and Council Member of the Design Research Society, Friedman plays an active role in developing international research networks and conferences for the design research community. He co-chaired the La Clusaz Conference on Doctoral Education in Design in 2000, and he is co-chair of the 2006 conference of the European Academy of Management. Ken Friedman is also a practicing artist and designer active in the international laboratory known as Fluxus.

  • Hiroshi Ishii

    Hiroshi Ishii is a tenured Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, at the MIT Media Lab. His research focuses upon the design of seamless interfaces between humans, digital information, and the physical environment. He joined the MIT Media Laboratory in October 1995, and founded the Tangible Media Group to pursue a new vision of Human Computer Interaction (HCI): "Tangible Bits." His team seeks to change the "painted bits" of GUIs to "tangible bits" by giving physical form to digital information and computation. Ishii and his students have presented their vision of "Tangible Bits" at a variety of academic, industrial design, and media art venues including ACM SIGCHI, ACM SIGGRAPH, Industrial Design Society of America, and Ars Electronica, emphasizing that the development of tangible interfaces requires the rigor of both scientific and artistic review. A display of many of the group's projects took place in "Tangible Bits" exhibition at the NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC) in Tokyo in summer 2000. A new, two-year-long exhibition "Get in Touch" that features the Tangible Media group's work opened at Ars Electronica Center (Linz, Austria) in September 2001. Since July 2002, he has co-directed the Thing That Think Consortium at the MIT Media Lab. Prior to MIT, from 1988-1994, he led a CSCW research group at the NTT Human Interface Laboratories, where his team invented TeamWorkStation and ClearBoard. In 1986 and 1987, he was a visiting research associate at GMD (The German National Research Centre for Computer Science) in Bonn, Germany. In 1993 and 1994, he was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Computer Systems Research Institute of the University of Toronto, Canada. He served as an Associate Editor of ACM TOCHI (Transactions on Computer Human Interactions) and ACM TOIS (Transactions on Office Information Systems). He also serves as a program committee member of many international conferences including ACM CHI, CSCW, UIST, SIGGRAPH, Multimedia, Interact, ISMAR, and ECSCW. He received B. E. degree in electronic engineering, M. E. and Ph. D. degrees in computer engineering from Hokkaido University, Japan, in 1978, 1980 and 1992, respectively. He was born in Tokyo in 1956, and started to play with PDA (Personal Digital Assistant) in 1958.

  • Daria Loi

    Daria Loi is Design Research Scientist at Intel. Daria has an eclectic background: architect in Italy (1994-1997); researcher for an Australian Research Council project on urban telecentres (1999); lecturer in industrial design (1999-2006); member of a multidisciplinary research team developing IT products and services for Telstra Corporation (1999-2001); researcher in the C-2-C Project, exploring the potential offered by new technologies for the printing & publishing industries (2001-2002); and senior research fellow at the Globalism Institute, investigating the relationships between ICT, pedagogy and teaching and learning environments (2005-2006). She has run workshops and presented her work in Europe, Australia, Canada and the USA and her practice revolves around: participatory design; qualitative and practice-based research; HCI and tangible media; trans- and post-disciplinary practice; collaborative work practices and environments; constructivist pedagogy; product-service systems; and management consulting. Her work explores the possibilities offered by alternative ways of representing data, as demonstrated through her PhD thesis-as-a-suitcase. More details at: