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Pasadena Now | Published on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 

British Professor to Discuss Effects of BREXIT on Creative Industries, Design Diversity


Dr. Maragiannis’ talk will focus on diversity + inclusivity by Design and will try to re-imagine the shape of the nation, the city, the company, and the designer. It will examine how practices can amplify and mobilize this under-investigated aspect of practice and discourse, where design acts inclusively regardless of ethnicity, vulnerability, language, disability, gender, or age.
There has been a great deal written about the impact of BREXIT in education, politics, finance, immigration and ethics – key matters in society, admittedly, but there have been no discussions on the creative industries and little significant debate on how design diversity will be affected by this extraordinary change.
The lecture is expected to stimulate dialogue on this issue.
A designer, academic and researcher, Dr. Maragiannis has devoted his career to exploring and understanding the fundamentals of diversity + inclusivity by Design within the context of the digital landscape and a multidisciplinary approach to design thinking and typographic design.
Anastasios is currently the Academic Portfolio Lead in the School of Design at the University of Greenwich, and a Fellow of the Royal Society of the Arts. He is also the Design Critique Lead for TypeThursday London, a monthly gathering of London-area type geeks 18 years old and above held in partnership with the Hoffmitz Milken Center for Typography.
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International Refugees Athens

Panel on Diversity & Inclusion 

The International refugee’s forum, Invited Dr Anastasios Maragiannis to present his research and to keynote and chair a panel discussion on diversity +inclusivity by Design, Creative Citizens of Europe. The exhibition and discussion prorogued by the Deputy Mayor of the city of Athens, Greece. The media reviewed highly the talk and exhibition.

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Stephen Lawrence Gallery Panel


Greenwich, London The d+iD: diversity + inclusivity by Design is a London based international research Hub. Its main research question is: What is enabled when designers design with, and for others? Participants:

Dr Anastasios Maragiannis 
Deputy Head of School of Design Department of Architecture and Landscape; Built Environment; Creative Professions and Digital Arts Faculty of Architecture, Computing and Humanities

Christian Boer 
Dutch designer. A dyslexic himself, Christian, set out to create a font that could make reading a less arduous task. After completion, the revolutionary font immediately caused quite a stir among the dyslexic community and in the international media.
Christian evaluated the d+iD research exhibition’s outcomes and compared current and future design diversity challenges. during the panel he examined dyslexia (as part of the research exhibition outputs) and he questioned why our society doesn’t consider such an important element of our daily lives (readability as dysability)

Marianne Waite 
Forbes 30 Under 30 – Founder, Think Designable After seeing the stigma of disability firsthand–her sister has cerebral palsy–Waite founded Think Designable.
Marianne started her discussion on how design can empower individuals, especially those with disabilities through advertising. Questioning if designers are educated / knowledgeable on the subject area and expended on the exhibition outcomes asa methodological approach to answer current queries.

Emma Lawton 
Creative Director with a background in design for brand, print and digital combined with a strategic mind that can see the bigger picture on projects. When Emma Lawton was 29, she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease.
Emmas approach to the panel discussion discussed the impact of people’s circumstances in the design process. How are viewpoints “as designers” could change, based on our personal experiences.
Can design as a whole adapt to a more inclusive model?

Dr Gillian Youngs 
Professor of Creative and Digital Economy and Head of Innovation and Impact, Westminster School of Media, Arts and Design, University of Westminster, Design’s role in policy-related research is more discussed in our days and especially in our modern society. Prof Young questioned how the exhibition outputs explored the under investigated subject of diversity in design, focusing on the impact of the research towards gender, women and inclusivity in that context.

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