News 04.10.2020

International experts in the winter semester

This semester, international experts will teach the International Studio and courses for 2-nd year students of the Faculty of Design.

The classes will be held online in English in two sessions: 19-23 October 2020 and 7-11 December 2020.

  • International Studio for final-year students of the Faculty of Art and Faculty of Design (long-cycle Masters programmes, first-cycle and second-cycle programmes)
  • Inclusive design and Designing reading experience for 2-nd year students of second-cycle programmes of the Faculty of Design.
  • International studio: machines that learn

    Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are drastically transforming and affecting every sector of human life and society at scale. Autonomous vehicles, surveillance robots, your weekly Spotify playlist, FaceApp, tools for criminal profiling based on face  recognition, delivery robots, recruiting software, fortune-telling apps, fake identities, Instagram filters … are all powered by some sort of Ai technologies.
    Taking a playful and explorative approach, during this seminar we will try to understand this new technology as a design material. We will ideate and prototype new interactive playful online experiences powered by AI.

    The course instructor will be Lorenzo Romagnoli, a creative technologist, interaction designer, coder, artist, designer and teacher. He works at, his projects can be viewed at

  • Designing reading experience

    The course will be taught by Gerry Leonidas, a specialist typolographer and typeface designer, lecturer and researcher at the University of Reading (UK).

    The classes will take place during two workshop sessions: 19-23 October 2020 and 7-11 December 2020.

    Theoretical and cultural perspectives in typographic design
    This course gives a theoretical and cultural perspective in typographic design. It introduces key themes that draw on current research and respond to professional practice. It balances discourse arising from wider developments in the field, and investigation of current design practice.

    The course makes use of direct delivery (lectures), discursive learning (guided Q&A sessions), and active learning (workshop assignments), in about 15%, 25%, 60% of contact hours.

    Topics for lectures and Q&A sessions include:

    • Diversity in typographic design;
    • Reflective practice;
    • Using research and evidence;
    • User-centred perspectives;
    • Typography as social enterprise;
    • Community identity through typeface design;
    • Evolving business models in global typography.

    Workshop assignments map onto these themes, and cover self-guided investigations, designing, and reporting to peers.

    Learning outcomes include an active awareness of the issues discussed, and skills in interrogating projects from these perspectives.

    The classes will take the form of two intensive week-long workshops.
    19–23 October 2020, 9:00–14:00 including breaks (30 hours)
    7–11 December 2020, 9:00–14:00 including breaks (30 hours)
    The classes will be held online in English.

    Gerry Leonidas
    Professor of Typography, lecturer at the University of Reading in the UK. Vice-President and President of the ATypI international association in 2013-2019. Founding member of the ISTVC and Granshan Foundation.
    He has worked in typography from 1986, and he became a lecturer at the University of Reading (UK) in 1998. His work includes knowledge transfer, consultancy and course development.

    Programme Director of MA Communication Design / Typeface Design, MRes Typography & Graphic Communication, MRes Typeface Design, Course Director of Tdi professional development course. His research interest include: typeface design process, typographic education, Greek typography.

  • Inclusive Design: Digital Ethnography for Inclusive Design of data-enabled technologies

    The couse will be taught by Natalia Romero, a professor of Industrial Design Engineering Faculty of Delft University.

    Students will gain awareness and develop skills on the design and use of digital data technologies to engage difficult to reach and vulnerable groups to collect, interpret, reflect and act on personal/contextual data about themselves and there whereabouts. Students will develop sensitivity for people’s values, abilities, and resources to design the appropriate data interactions to engage them.

    The course will be contextualized in the field of e-health applications. eHealth envisions people self-managing their own health condition by means of interaction with personal data. In our daily life, we are constantly making decisions that have an impact on our health: what do we eat? when do we ventilate our homes? when do we do sport? What’s the optimal temperature to sleep? Generating and applying knowledge about our actions and its impact, is a way to make people competent in making informed decisions. But knowledge should not only address objective facts (when do you do what? What is the temperature right now?) but also the subjective aspects that explain these facts (what’s your mood right now? how important is it for you to recycle?). In this course, we will describe and put in practice mixed methods data approaches as a powerful tool to enable people become aware, learn, experiment and reflect on their values and choice preferences in connection with the impact it has on their health.

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