Learn x Design 2017
The Allure of the Digital
Themes & Speakers
→ Keynote: Wednesday 28th June
Professor Susan Orr
University of the Arts London
Designing teaching for post digital creative education
Professor Susan Orr is Dean at University of the Arts London. Prior to this, Susan was an Assistant Dean for the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Sciences at Sheffield Hallam University. Susan has recently been appointed as a Visiting Professor at Bournemouth University (Centre for Excellence in Media Practice).
Susan studied at University College London and completed a Doctor of Education at the University of London’s Institute of Education. Her thesis Making Marks: the Artful Practice of Assessment in Fine Art explored fine art lecturers’ studio based assessment practices. She has written extensively on the subject of art and design assessment and her more recent work explores various aspects of art and design pedagogy in higher education. Susan is editor for the journal Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education, and on the editorial board of three further journals: Teaching in Higher Education, Writing in Creative Practice and Media Education Research Journal.
Susan is on the Executive of CHEAD (Council for Higher Education in Art and Design) and GLAD (Group for Learning in Art and Design). In 2010, Susan was awarded a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellowship. This was awarded in recognition of her teaching, leadership, research and contribution to art and design HE pedagogy.
→ Keynote: Thursday 29th June
Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall
Respectful Design: how to decolonize art and design education
Elizabeth (Dori) Tunstall is a design anthropologist, public intellectual, and design advocate who works at the intersections of critical theory, culture, and design. As Dean of Design at Ontario College of Art and Design University, she is the first black and black female dean of a faculty of design. She leads the Cultures-Based Innovation Initiative focused on using old ways of knowing to drive innovation processes that directly benefit communities.
With a global career, Dori served as Associate Professor of Design Anthropology and Associate Dean at Swinburne University in Australia. She wrote the biweekly column Un-Design for The Conversation Australia. In the U.S., she taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She organized the U.S. National Design Policy Initiative and served as a director of Design for Democracy. Industry positions included UX strategists for Sapient Corporation and Arc Worldwide. Dori holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University and a BA in Anthropology from Bryn Mawr College.
→ Keynote: Friday 30th June
Dr Jo Twist
Diversity, Games and Mixed Reality
Jo is CEO of Ukie, the trade body for UK games and interactive entertainment, making the UK the best place in the world to make games. Previously, Jo was Channel 4 Commissioning Editor, Education, where she commissioned Digital Emmy-winning Battlefront II, free to play browser and iOS games and social media projects.
Jo was Multiplatform Commissioner for BBC Entertainment & Switch, BBC Three Multiplatform Channel Editor, and technology reporter for BBC News. She is Deputy Chair of the British Screen Advisory Council, London Tech Ambassador, Bafta Games Committee member, and sits on a number of boards and advisory groups. In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to the creative industries and also won the MCV 30 Women in Games award for Outstanding Contribution, is on the MCV 100 Brit list in the games industry and is a BIMA Hot 100 in digital. She is a Vice President for games and accessibility charity, SpecialEffect.