International d+iD Symposium

SATURDAY 19 October 2019 | 10.30 -1500

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diversity + inclusivity by Design Symposium 2019
OPEN CALL FOR 100 words contribution at the end  of the page

Join leading designers and academics to challenge what it means to design in a way that empowers individuals. The symposium is part of the School of Design University of Greenwich and it will take place during the exhibition diversity + inclusivity by Design: Empowering individuals, in collaboration with the Cyprus High Commission Cultural Section in the UK

Themes & Perspectives

What does it mean to empower individuals? As designers, everything we create affects people. From typography to service design; the things we make construct systems. And these systems when scaled-up make worlds, placing users within systems of power that imply particular ways of being. As users, we are entangled in a range of social and commercial systems that shape the way we think and live in hundreds of little ways.
From the social to the political, to the technological; these worlds are largely normative, meaning that individuals have very little power to subvert the homogeneousness of design that assumes specific kinds of identity, sexuality, able-bodiedness, language or age.
This symposium seeks to create a platform to exchange ideas and practices that use methods, such as co-design, to explore how design diversity can empower individuals in new and exciting ways. It also seeks to question whether our design processes can amplify, diversify, and mobilise people – critically engaging with its own processes of world building.
For the 1st diversity + inclusivity by Design Symposium we invite abstracts for oral presentations of new, recently completed, or ongoing research and practice. We welcome academic and presentations of practice from the Creative Industries, which expand our current and future understanding
of how to design inclusively from a variety of disciplines.

Your questions /input can address any of the following themes:

– Designing Non-hierarchical Systems
– Co-design and Participatory Design Methods
– Critical Re-designing Technology
– Design and Bodies
– Intersectional Design
– Queering Design Practice
– Language, Politics and Design


Our aim is to highlight and question if design can address issues of imbedded inequality from within its own practice, and crucially to explore if these practices are critically reflective about the systems they construct.

What to expect?

The symposium will take place in the state-of-the-art building School of Design at the University of Greenwich, London.
A number of International Keynote speakers  will attend the Symposium. Then short discussions and presentations will take place.
This is a FREE event, but registration is essential, Tea, coffee and lunch will be provided to all registered participants.
Participants will have the opportunity to visit the diversity + inclusivity by Design: Empowering Individuals exhibition in Stephen Lawrence Gallery, Supported by the Cyprus High Commission in London.

Day Structure

Day Structure


9:30 -10:30 Registration (Coffee and Tea)
10:30 Opening talk – | Ghislaine Boddington  | Reader, University of Greenwich / Creative Director, body>data>space 
10:40 Symposium Concept – diversity + inclusivity by Design | Dr Anastasios Maragiannis  | Deputy Head of School of Design / University of Greenwich
11:00 Keynote – Prof Gloria Kondrup Art Centre College of Design LA. USA HMCT
11:30 Break (Coffee and Tea)
11:45 PANEL 1 – Diversifying the Education curriculum 
Chair Dr Catherine Maffioletti , Senior Lecturer in Creative Media, University of Greenwich 
Panel Members: 
Dave Hockham, | Bathway Theatre Manager, University of Greenwich
Prof Gloria Kondrup  | Director of HMCT & Professor, ArtCentre College of Design LA
Amanda Sleet,  | Course Director Graphic Design, Middlesex University, London
Dr Paulina Yurman,  | Designer and Researcher. Lecturer in Design at UAL


12:45 Lunch – d+iD: Empowering individuals Exhibition viewing
13:30 Panel 2 – Designing with… and for “others” 
Chair Dr Stacey Pitsillides Senior Research Fellow, Northumbria University 
Panel Members: 
Marina Hadjilouca | Social Engagement and “Active Co-existence – Performance Designer
Alexandra Deschamps-Sonsino | Designswarm / Creative Designer
Mala Siamptani | Empowering Individuals – Bio Design / Wearables
Esme Rees | White Bear Studio
14:30 Summation | Ghislaine Boddington  Reader, University of Greenwich / Creative Director, body>data>space 


14.45 Close and drinks



Some more  info

The diversity + inclusivity by Design (d+iD) research started in 2016. It uses practice research methods to co-design inclusive projects that engage people deeply throughout design processes.
The outcomes of the research include a collection of artefacts, an educational film (TED-ed),
a series of specialist talks, three International panel discussions and a trilogy of International exhibitions in various places including London and Athens.

Form for submission

– Submission format: up to 100-word abstract (thesis/position/question)
– Submission deadline: October 8TH, 2019 – EXTENDED
– Submission feedback (Acceptance): October 11th, 2019
– Registration fee: free event (Eventbrite ticketing)

Please NOTE all reviewed submissions will be published online under e-book ISBN

Email it with your full name and email to with the subject “d+iD  symposium”



Gloria Kondrup’s professional career spans the fields of art, design, and education. As a design consultant she has helped evolve extensive branding, identity, and packaging systems. Companies benefiting from her expertise include Aon, Avon, and Goodwill Industries. As a full-time professor at ArtCenter College of Design, Gloria has been a dedicated design educator for over two decades, shaping and inspiring future generations of designers. She instills in her students the importance of ethical design practices, fairness and equality, and respect for our natural environment. As the Director of Archetype Press, ArtCenter’s unique and vibrant letterpress studio, she redefined the value of typography and analog technology in the digital landscape. In 2015, Gloria was instrumental in the fundraising for and creation of the Hoff-mitz Milken Center for Typography [HMCT] and currently serves as its Executive Director.

Established as a legacy for her colleague and long-time friend Leah Hoffmitz Milken, the HMCT furthers the advancement and study of typography through its educational programs and generous student scholarships and awards, educator grants, and fellowships. In addition, Gloria is an avid supporter of contemporary art and arts education in southern California, through her patronage of artists and arts organizations. Her own fine art prints and limited edition artist books are in private and public collections including AIGA, The Getty, and the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry. Gloria lectures nationally and internationally on typography and design topics that include culture, politics, education, and ethics. She has a bachelor’s degree in fine art and a master’s degree in design, and is currently serving on the board of Association Typographique Internationale [ATypI].