The UK Arts and Humanities Research Council funded project has explored ways in which methods of co-design and industrial design can identify new product opportunities that utilise indigenous material resources and crafts. Through creative product design thinking, 40 diverse product concepts with the potential to support an export-based supply chain have been identified and visualised.
The ultimate aim of the project is to help reduce poverty by generating new opportunities for employment in the associated supply chain. The project has had a distinctive focus on the needs of emerging economies and, in addition to the Middle East Technical University, has been supported by academics from, University of Nairobi (Kenya), Bandung Institute of Technology (Indonesia) and Kampala University (Uganda).
The launch event will include a presentation by Dr Timothy Whitehead from Aston University who will provide an overview of the project and introduce the key outcomes that include a website, video and fold-out card-based tool that provides inspiration to designers, manufacturers, entrepreneurs and government agencies based in both emerging economies and developed countries. Copies of the fold-out design tool will be provided to all attendees at the event that will also include a pop-up exhibition for the project.
The itinerary for the event will be:
3.00pm Arrival, refreshments and exhibition
3.30pm Welcome by Prof. Dr. Gülay Hasdoğan, Head of Department of Industrial Design, Middle East Technical University
3.35pm Presentation by Dr Timothy Whitehead, Lecturer in Industrial Design, Aston University
4.30pm Refreshments, viewing of exhibition and networking
I hope that you are able to come along to this event and would ask you to rsvp at your earliest possible convenience.
About Dr. Whitehead: http://www.aston.