May Networking Meetup

Uta Hinrichs
Saturday 20 April 2019

After our successful kick-off in March, join us for our second meeting on the 15th of May from 1.30 to 3.30 pm in the Studio of the Byre Theatre. Please register via Eventbrite.

In this session, we’ll continue getting to know our own design community – what are we working on and what can we learn from each other? In response to the suggestions at our previous event, we have organised ‘Design Speed-Dating’. Bring an object or image that represents your work and use that to talk about your design project, prototype an idea, or discuss any issue you’re experiencing in a design process. These short, circulating, 1-1 chats provide a more interactive platform to get to know each other and to present or pilot your work.


  • 13:30 – Welcome
  • 13:35 – Feedback on brainstorming from last meeting [slides here]
  • 13:45 – Design Speed-Dating
  • 14:35 – Professor Tom Inns on Design for a Dynamic World (see abstract below)
  • 15:00 – Iain Carson How it’s made? Reflections on Film Blitz and making short films
  • 15:15 – Future events and skill share opportunities
  • 15:25 – Plugs: promote events and other news

Design for a Dynamic World [slides here]

Tom Inns will explore how design adapts to a rapidly changing world. He will share his experience of using design thinking approaches when undertaking projects dealing with complex challenges. He will discuss the value design thinking can bring to the work of universities who are actively pursuing interdisciplinary research.

Professor Tom Inns – Design Facilitator

Tom Inns has established tfink to bring design thinking approaches to complex challenges. He works with universities, public sector organisations and businesses across the world.

Tom was Director of the Glasgow School of Art from 2013 to 2018, taking the Institution from 20th to 8th position in the QS World rankings. Previously he was Head of the School of Design, Dean of DJCAD and Director of Research for the College of Art Science and Engineering at the University of Dundee. Whilst at the University of Dundee he was Director of the AHRC/EPSRC funded UK-wide Designing for the 21st Century Research Initiative. Before moving to Scotland in 2000 Tom was Director of the Design Research Centre at Brunel University where he led over a dozen KTP programmes developing the design capability of small firms. He studied Engineering at the University of Bristol and Innovation Design at the Royal College of Art. His PhD, explored the impact of design on innovation success in business.

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