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Charles Nypels Lectures 2002

Charles Nypels Lectures 2002

On December 6, 2002 the first Charles Nypels Lectures took place at the Jan van Eyck Academie. The Charles Nypels working group and the advising researchers of the Design department of the Jan van Eyck Academie presented their ideas on contemporary design research. Taking their own practice as a starting point, each of them ventured into the nature of design research which they thought should get priority at this moment in time.

Gillian Crampton Smith
designer and director Interaction Design Institute Ivrea

Interaction design research: theoretical, experimental and applied.

In her lecture Gillian Crampton Smith spoke about two questions which Interaction Ivrea is trying to answer. Firstly, what does it mean to design in this new medium and how can we do it better. Secondly, how, through design thinking, can we discover new potentials for the use of information and communications technology in society.

Paul Elliman
independent designer

Invisible language

In his lecture Paul Elliman presented four (of his) projects by way of an introduction to what he is doing or what he is interested in. Elliman describes his design work – with typefaces, test-patterns and even the human voice – as emphasizing the rough, material edges of new technology.
Invisible Language is also the name of a regular column he currently writes for IDEA.

Wouter Vanstiphout
art historian and partner of Crimson Architectural Historians

Vernacular Spectacular

In his Charles Nypels Lecture Wouter Vanstiphout spoke about new forms of urban development and architecture which leave out of account a central mandate of the governement and which are not exclusively geared to the centre of town. Instead these new forms try to find a way through the crisscross of social fears and desires. Vanstiphout presented some projects he is working on within the framework of WiMBY! (Welcome into My Backyard!). This project initiated by Crimson and Felix Rottenberg is a series of urban planning and architectural renewels in Rotterdam Hoogvliet.

Annelys de Vet
designer and member of the board of BNO (Union of Dutch Designers)

Based on True Stories

In the designs of Annelys de Vet personal relationships form the starting point. Emotional ties are exploited and put forward in a functional way. As a result, her work acquires a highly personal character and balances on the edge of autobiography, of neutral functionality and personal interpretation. In her Charles Nypels Lecture she elaborated on her practice as a designer.

Jouke Kleerebezem
artist and advising researcher Jan van Eyck Academie

Wild edit

We are living in a time with an unprecedented wealth of content, and an equally unprecedented poverty of form. All cups run over. Design's answerability to the rise of popular cultural production lies not in trying to fix it into hierarchical positions, feeding it to 'mass' media, but to follow its diversifying drift into abundance. Rather than positioning themselves outside content, pretending to serve it from a professional distance, designers are challenged to venture into the heart of every bit of it, to provide ample cups - or rather communicating vessels - for information to flow more freely between its producers.

Filiep Tacq
designer and advising researcher Jan van Eyck Academie

Alhamdoulilahi. Public transport in Dakar

The Charles Nypels Lecture of Filiep Tacq addressed graphics on public transport (Car Rapide) in the city of Dakar (Senegal, West-Africa). How does information of public interest circulate in the major cities of Africa? What are the codes? How does graphic design function in the public domain? How do institutions publish their information? How do they announce these events and how does the information circulate? How can African graphic designers reconnect with their own tradition of painted design, embedded in popular culture, to translate and convert this knowledge to contemporary computer based design?