CALL FOR PARTICIPATION: DESIGNED ASIA 2006

24 August 2006
Hong Kong (China) - No one has a monopoly on creativity - it is a fundamental human ability. But growing creative capacity requires stimulating, understanding, and supporting a context for human behavior that goes beyond the ordinary.
Hong Kong (China) - No one has a monopoly on creativity - it is a fundamental human ability. But growing creative capacity requires stimulating, understanding, and supporting a context for human behavior that goes beyond the ordinary. Our fast-paced world requires us to connect change and creativity in never ending cycles. This is the challenge Creativity : Point : CounterPoint addresses by bringing together a regional and international community to share and discuss educational strategies to extend creative culture. The Point is to explore regionally with our Asian neighbors the creative strategies we use in common and learn from those that are specific to a locality or culture. The CounterPoint is from other international design educators who discuss their practice and its connection to innovation.

On 27-28 November 2006, design faculty and practitioners will gather at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University to explore regional creative practices contrasted by international ones. The two day meeting is an exceptional opportunity to meet like-minded people, gather new ideas and strategies, and extend your personal regional and international design network among the creatives attending.



Creativity : Point : Counterpoint

How do you stimulate creativity?
What is the process?
What are the results?

Send us a brief course description, 100 words or less, and images of the process leading to a result. For each project within a course send no more than 6 images. Focus on one project for the images so the sequence is understandable. Each school is limited to sending a maximum of 1 course illustrated by 4 projects; 2 courses illustrated by 2 projects each; 3 courses illustrated by 2 projects for one of them and 1 project for the other two; or 4 courses illustrated by a project each.

We will assemble the projects for projection during the conference. In this way you can share your ideas more broadly. The text material will be bound into a reference document so you can see which schools and instructors you might want to contact later.


 
Opening Keynote:
Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi is the Davidson Professor of Psychology and Director of Quality of Life Research Center (QLRC) at the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management at Claremont Graduate University in California. QLRC studies positive psychology in terms of such qualities as optimism, creativity, and intrinsic motivation. Famous for his books Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience and Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention he will ground the conference with his keynote.

Closing Keynote:
Jeremy Myerson is the Director of InnovationRCA at the Royal College of Art. Jeremy is an active writer, researcher and consultant with extensive experience of design in business and society. He is Professor of Design Studies at the Royal College of Art, where he has worked since 1999 as co-director of the RCA's Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, leading a programme to link new graduates with a range of business partners. He will reveal what business is looking for from design and will close the conference by focusing on innovation, a critical goal for both design and business.




For further information please contact:

Xin Xiangyang
DesignED Asia
School of Design
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom, Kowloon
Hong Kong
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W: www.sd.polyu.edu.hk

The co-organizers of DesignED Asia are Hong Kong Design Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design, Hong Kong Institute for Vocational Education and The British Council. The Hong Kong Design Centre is an associate Member of Icograda. Hong Kong Polytechnic University belongs to Icograda's Education Network.