Andreas Strauss has spent years practicing and perfecting a research method and lifestyle based upon the intensive movement between places and disciplines.
Strauss' work in multiple media and team constellations are often practiced as transfer; formats and functions freed from one context and shifted into another. Such shifts, between public and private space, arts and city space, centre and margin, art and consumption, operate as illuminating and critical maneuvers making social conditioning visible. Strauss is not afraid of experimenting upon himself.
Institute of Design, Illinois Institute of Technology, United States
Anijo Punnen Mathew is an Associate Professor at IIT Institute of Design. His research looks at evaluating new semantic appropriations of place as enabled by technology and media convergence. He also works with companies to adapt and change to the information economy through the use of design methodology and theory.
An original and visionary thinker in the field of innovation who has focused on understanding and enabling innovation since 1992, Dr. Bettina von Stamm very much enjoys her role as a stimulator, provocateur, inspirator and catalyst to enable different ways of thinking around, and understanding of, innovation.
Brian Bordainick has served as Chief Executive Officer of Dinner Lab since January 2012. He started his career in education through Teach for America, teaching 11th and 12th grade at Carver High School in New Orleans, LA.
Brian founded 9th Ward Field of Dreams to support the construction of a state-of-the-art football field and track on Carver’s campus in the upper 9th ward. Since then, he has worked for the Mayor of New Orleans transitioning the recreation department of 102 employees out of City Hall to a public/private partnership and ran the Investment Portfolio for 4.0 Schools, a non-profit that invests in early stage ideas in education.
Chris brings over a decade of design strategy and research experience to catalyze innovation for, and within, organizations. With an experience-focused design approach, Chris has created award winning product and service strategies for international brands in consumer package goods, telecommunications, consumer electronics, hospitality and healthcare. He has led programs in Asia, Europe and North America.
Chris directs Continuum’s China office, a world-class team of designers, researchers and strategists, whose focus is identifying new consumer opportunities for domestic and multinational companies.
Architecturally trained in the US, Colin Seah honed his sensibilities working for the likes of Rem Koolhaas and Daniel Libeskind. He also spent 4 years at the National University of Singapore’s Department of Architecture researching design pedagogy and serving as design critic.
Inspired by the historic context of the project's site and culture, Ministry of Design's vision for Macalister Mansion straddles two worlds, balancing heritage and modernity. Colin Seah, MOD's Founder and Design Director, will describe the design process behind the project, detailing how the underlying narrative experience was conceptualized and how it was applied to a host of design disciplines including interior design, product design, art direction and branding. He will also share some candid insights of how certain aspects of context and history were playfully recast to create the contemporary narrative of Macalister Mansion.
Frida is Head of Communications unit at the Swedish Institute, a public agency under the Ministry for Foreign Affairs that promotes Sweden around the world through public diplomacy. Passionate about intercultural communications, branding and digital media; she has over 15 years of professional experience in the Internet industry with a successful international track record producing and executing business and communications strategies.
With a special interest in leadership and change management, Frida is also a co-founder of the highly acclaimed and award winning ‘Curators of Sweden’ project. This groundbreaking venture was the first of its kind globally and allowed Swedish citizens to voice their own opinions, uncensored, on Sweden’s official Twitter account.
Global Strategy Director and Managing Director, Greater China
FITCH Worldwide, Singapore
Formerly the Managing Director of Southeast Asia, Ian has grown the Singapore office to be a thriving business and one of the most awarded FITCH studios in the global network. He also helped to lay the foundations for FITCH’s business in India, and more recently established FITCH in China.
With his recent appointment to Global Strategy Director of FITCH Worldwide, Ian splits his time between providing global leadership for the Insight and Strategy capability area, and running the office in the Greater China region.
Designer Jinhyun Jeon was born in South Korea, based in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
The collaboration with Michelin awarded restaurants and hotels in the Netherlands and abroad, Jeon aims to create enriched intuitive dining experience by sensory stimuli, exploring with the synesthetic effect. It would lead by teasing or training our body where is processed in the brain – sensorial joined phenomenon.Jeon held interest in joint perception, which is when one of our senses carries the ability of other senses. She integrated this idea not only into product design but also into experience intervention: primary behavioural research for artistic inspiration.
During her MA thesis on ‘Synesthetic Sensorial Stimuli’, the experimental research explore by engaging with synesthetic effects as a source of design insight, which impacts on innate sensory ability and challenges social thought pattern. Jeon explore sensorial perceptions and intuitive behaviours to engineering emotional experiences and gains insight into the intuitive thought processes of the human brain.
Katherine has qualifications in both Interior Design and Architecture. Having worked on a breadth of residential and commercial enterprises, Katherine brings great creativity and versatility to projects and has shared her experience in teaching posts at RMIT and Swinburne University. Katherine’s designs are heavily influenced by narrative as well as her cross-disciplinary approach and a love of great coffee.
Hanna studied Interior Architecture in Germany including an exchange at RMIT in Melbourne. With over two decades experience in both Germany and Australia, Hanna embraces all design opportunities with avid enthusiasm. Hanna has also had the opportunity to share her knowledge via a teaching post at RMIT. The proud owner of a Vespa, Hanna can often be spotted cruising around the streets of Melbourne. She claims that this provides her with much personal and professional inspiration, along with her international travels.
Hanna has a sophisticated approach, a strong eye for detail, and a passion for colour and texture.
An entrepreneur and a Surveyor, Leo co-founded an architectural, interior design and contracting firm Urban Anchor Limited in 2006.
In 2008, his business expanded to Malaysia and co-founded Urban Anchor Development Sdn. Bhd., developing luxurious residential projects in Kuala Lumpur.
Leo worked for 2 property developers, namely Berkeley Group in the United Kingdom and Sino Group in Hong Kong. Leo is a Board Member for a non-profit organization, The Hong Kong Ambassadors of Design. He serves as a Deputy Supervisor for the Woofoo Leaders’ Network, and he is also a member of the Entrepreneur Organization. In 2010, he co-founded the local fashion brand AMENPAPA.
Marcus brings over 18 years of experience in creating compelling brands for clients across four continents as a Creative Director and Innovation Strategist. Marcus thrives on challenges that connect emotional and functional needs with the core values of brands to generate resonant strategies. Marcus leads diverse teams to develop the right consumer touch points to create cohesive and memorable experiences.
Marcus’ recent clients include Proctor & Gamble and Swarovski. His projects served markets across Europe, North America, Australia and Asia. In addition to his experience as senior lecturer at University of Western Sydney, Marcus has been a regular contributor to design and marketing publications and a regular speaker at academic and industry events across Asia and Australia.
Founder & Ceative Director
I started of in the digital field as visual designer in 1996. Since 2005 as entrepreneur and creative director for large brand identity assignments.
I am a member of the board of directors "Swedish Designers" (Swedens largest association for professional designers).
Humanist and technologist in equal measure, I advocate on behalf of the technology user. My interests include Internet freedom and international law, digital maps and geospatial law, digital public diplomacy and inter-cultural communication.I co-founded Äventyret, a Stockholm-based agency that pursues innovation in service design so we can help our clients build smarter user experiences, faster. To this end I work with concept development and strategy.