Imagine iT, coming in its second edition
Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna, Italy – 28 and 29 November 2008
Imagine iT, Design for all
28/29 November 2008, Design Center Bologna
“Good design enables, bad design disables”
Paul Hogan, President Emeritus di EIDD Design for All Europe
Imagine iT is a two-day international conference, presenting 20 speakers from nine different nations, organized by the Design Center Bologna and Typevents Italy, with the patronage of EIDD Design for All Europe.
In this year’s second edition the conference is dedicated to the theme Design for All, meaning to include every human aspect in society through the appropriate Design, i. e. physical, as well as cultural and psychological diversity. And this is what the claim stands for: “Good design enables, bad design disables.”
Design for all, in fact, is design honouring human diversity, its inclusion in society and its equality. This innovative and holistic approach is an ethic challenge, as well as it is of creative and at the same time commercial importance for entrepreneurs, decision makers in private and public entities, as well as designers.
In an aging society, as ours, with more people migrating from various cultures, also smaller and momentary disabilities can turn into true difficulties; scope of Design for All is to permit everyone to make active use of its benefits and services.
This year’s event will comprise of lectures, exhibitions and workshop (the latter exclusively for students); speakers from the worlds of design, entrepreneurship, communication and research, of international recognition, will be present at Imagine iT. To name a few: from Sweden Finn Petrén, president of EIDD Design for All Europe; the Italo-British Pete Kercher, ambassador EIDD, Design for All Europe; Aleksandar Bogdanovic from the CRID (Inclusive Society Development Center) of Belgrade; Matthew Harrison from the Helen Hamlyn Centre, Royal College of Art, London; from Finland Hannu Kähönen, from Creadesign; Luciano Perondi, designer and professor at ISIA Urbino, Italy; Andrea Stella, inventor of the race-catamaran ‘Lo spirito di Stella’ designed to be also accessible for disabled people in wheel-chairs; Brian Lucid, professor at the Massachussets College of Art in Boston; and Emilio Gil, founder of Tau Diseño in Madrid.
The exhibitions will be showing the advertising campaign that the association Design for All set out in Sweden; all final works from the EIDD Design for All Competition, which comprise of posters, projects on guerrilla marketing, as well as videos on the theme; further material around the brand Design for All, which was done by the agency Meat.
Already in its first edition Imagine iT, being three day conference in 2007, had 35 speakers from 15 nations presenting at the event, as well as 5 exhibitions and various workshops; lectures were held by speakers of international recognition in the world of contemporary communication, and others that have made history in graphic design, as well as academics and historians all on international level.
Prices for participation at the conference start at € 80 for students (workshops included!) and € 150 for professionals for the entire duration of the conference.
To participate and register (registration is obligatory) please visit our websites:
The DESIGN CENTER BOLOGNA
The Design Center Bologna was founded and enabled by the Accademia di Belle Arti Bologna, the Region of the Emilia Romagna and Fondazione Carisbo to promote design as an economic factor to the productive industries and is situated on the premises of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna which was founded 1711 to develop the arts and crafts in Emilia Romagna. It is now one of the largest institutions of its kind in Italy, with 1,200 students studying Visual Arts, Applied Arts, and Communications & Didactic of the Arts. In the Applied Arts Department, the design courses have an outstanding reputation for the quality of their teaching staff and the excellence of their public events.
Typevents Italy is an internationally operating company, specialized in organizing events and offering marketing and PR services solely to the graphic arts industry. Collaborating with professionals of the various fields involved, the objective is to create and develop its global graphic arts community at highest level. For more information contact Simone Wolf at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Francesca Rossini - Laboratorio delle Idee per Design Center
email@example.com - Tel: 051 27 38 61 - Cell: 335 54 11 331 - Cel: 331 67 52 354
Davide Pretto - Accademia di Belle Arti di Bologna/Design Center
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