What is the Design of Understanding?

We’re reinventing our Design of Understanding conference as a quarterly event.

The Design of Understanding conference initially ran from 2011 to 2014 as a one-day event celebrating design and related areas. We discussed subjects broaching statistical literacy, linguistic ethnography, cyber security, paleo-art and favela architecture. We raised a lot of money for our host, the St Bride Foundation, in the process.

Since then, the day-to-day of growing After the flood – which recently celebrated its fifth anniversary – has taken up a great deal of our time. That’s why we’ve reimagined Design of Understanding as a quarterly event, taking place in the evening. We did this for the following reasons:

  • Duration: A whole day is a big chunk of time to take out; evenings work well instead.
  • Content: With one theme per event we can be more topical (with an upcoming session on AI, for instance) and we can delve deeper into the subjects we discuss.
  • Iteration: We’re keen to build a new Design of Understanding community – a quarterly event means we can see what works for people and we can experiment with format and content.

Design of Health

The first event in the newly conceived Design of Understanding format is ‘Design of Health’, which will be taking place on 29 November 2016 at Campus London, Shoreditch.

We’ll be hosting three talks on the latest in healthcare design with three of the UK’s leading thinkers: Dr Daghni Rajasingam, MA MRCOG; Ophelia Brown; and Sarah Gold. Each talk will last 20 minutes and will be followed by drinks. You can find out more about the speakers and their speaking topics below.

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