Under the title New (and not so new) Geographies and Economics of Design, the researcher, teacher, design theorist and writer Guy Julier will review the Barcelona of the eighties as a model of design culture and its evolution in our days, as well as some of its most recent changes.
Guy Julier is Professor of Design Leadership and Head of Research in the Department of Design at Aalto University, Finland. Until March 2018 he was the University of Brighton/Victoria & Albert Museum Principal Research Fellow in Contemporary Design and Professor of Design Culture.
While he was Professor of Design at Leeds Metropolitan University (2001-10), Guy Julier founded and directed DesignLeeds, a cross-disciplinary research and consultancy unit specializing in social design. He was also a co-director of the community interest company, LeedsLoveItShareIt, formed to develop and prototype new approaches to urban regeneration. Having studied the History of Design at the Royal College of Art in the mid-1980s, Guy Julier specialised in contemporary Spanish design, later working as a consultant to London’s Design Museum and other cultural institutions.
From the mid-2000s, while continuing research in the sociology and political economy of contemporary design, Guy Julier has also turned his attention to design activism and social design. He directed the 2009 Leeds Festival of Design Activism and, in association with the Fundació Història del Disseny, convened the 2011 Design History Conference in Barcelona ‘Design Activism and Social Change’, attended by 200 delegates from 34 countries. Within the Victoria & Albert Museum he creates events that open the museum onto questions of the critical role of design in contemporary society. His latest book, Economies of Design, was published in 2017
Conference organized by Elisava's Postgraduate Degree in Product Concept.