Northumbria University, School of Design in collaboration with the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and Sapienza University of Rome are pleased to announce a 2 day event (Symposium and Workshop) that aims to explore attitudes and perceptions about creativity and innovation in design and how it is best facilitated, cultivated, exploited, and rewarded across different national and cultural borders, different environments, and cultures from both an individual designer’s perspective and design groups’ perspectives.


This 2 day event will encourage research exploration and coordinate action around a number of issues including:


·       How might creativity be adequately conceptualised in a design context?

·       What role do cultural organisations and national bodies play in harnessing creativity?

·       Do more effective environments and approaches for facilitating creativity exist?

·       What design skills, knowledge, and expertise are required for creativity?

·       What are the key drivers that motivate the creativity and innovation of designers and other stakeholders? Are they economical, cultural, social, political, technological or something else?


The 2 day event will be of interest to a wide range of researchers, educators, practitioners, and other stakeholders involved in creativity and innovation in design from an academic, industry and other institutional contexts.   


Tuesday 12th May 2015

Day 1 will comprise a series of keynote presentations from leading figures associated with creativity and innovation in design. The keynote speakers are:


·       Professor Maggie Boden, Research Professor of Cognitive Science, University of Sussex

·       Bill Nichol, University Lecturer Design & Technology Education, Cambridge University

·       Professor Tom Inns, Director, Glasgow School of Art

·       Sevra Davis, Associate Director of Design & Manager of the RSA Student Design Awards

·       Eliza Easton, Research Associate, Creative Industries Federation

·       Professor Sandy Black, Professor of Fashion and Textile Design, University of the Arts, London

·       Professor CJ Lim, UCL, Professor of Architecture & Urbanism, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL

·       Ellie Runcie, Director of Future Programmes, Design Council

Wednesday 13th May 2015

Day 2 will involve a series of interactive hands-on workshop sessions. These will comprise a range of creative activities that will explore a number of issues emerging from Day 1 and more general issues such as:


·       How do we best conceptualise and/or define creativity in a design context?

·       What roles can cultural organisations and national bodies play in promoting and exploiting our creative potential?

·       What are the best conditions and approaches for facilitating and exploiting creativity?

·       What are the key skills, knowledge, and expertise required for creativity in design?

·       What motivates the creativity and innovation of designers and other stakeholders? Are they economical, cultural, social, political, technological or something else?


For more information and to book a place at this free 2 day event please visit:




Workshop Organisers:

Professor Paul Rodgers, Northumbria University, School of Design [paul.rodgers@northumbria.ac.uk]

Professor Paul Jones, Northumbria University, Department of Architecture [p.jones@northumbria.ac.uk]

Professor Amaresh Chakrabarti, Centre for Product Design and Manufacture, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore 

Professor Lorenzo Imbesi, Faculty of Product Design, Sapienza University of Rome

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