Speaker Highlight: Prof. Daniel CHARNY
Speaker Highlight: Prof. Daniel CHARNY

Responding to real world challenges through co-creative fixing

Prof. Daniel CHARNY, Kingston University London, Kingston School of Art

How can inclusive design help model pro-social, real world challenges in design and engineering education and in advanced practice? Describing the principles and evolution of Fixperts models in social and pedagogical contexts Charny will reflect on the inclusive nature and challenges of a co-creative process. He will refer to examples from the past seven years of working across a growing global network of tutors, emerging designers and practitioners running Fixperts projects around the world.

In this context ‘fixing’ is seen as a process of solving an issue and improving someone else quality of life. It may include repair, hacking or making a new design, all in a process that starts with listening and ends with sharing.


Prof. Daniel CHARNY

Daniel Charny is a creative director, curator and educator with an inquiring mind and an entrepreneurial streak. He is co-founder of the creative consultancy From Now On, where clients include British Land, the Design Museum, Google, Heatherwick Studio and Nesta. His most recent initiative is the creative education think-and-do-tank FixEd.

Charny is best known as curator of the influential exhibition Power of Making at the V&A, which drove him to found the award-winning learning programme Fixperts, now taught in universities and schools worldwide. Other projects include the Aram Gallery, the British Council’s Maker Library Network and the Central Research Laboratory accelerator.

Charny is active internationally as a speaker and expert advisor, advocating his vision of design, creativity and making as essential tools to unlock a better future. He is Professor of Design at Kingston University. In 2019 Charny was awarded the London Design Festival Design innovation Medal.