Doha: As part of the Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQ) is hosting Italian interaction designer Giorgio Olivero (pictured) for a lecture ‘Openness is the New Normal’ today at 6pm at its atrium. It is open to the public.
In recent years, a novel combination of open hardware platforms, open-source tools, open licences and digital fabrication machines have created a solid ground for the explosion of innovative projects and social innovation fuelled by the collaborative DIY ethos of ‘makers’ culture and new educational practices.
One of the main enablers of the evolution is the open hardware platform Arduino. Olivero’s experience as the project’s creative director will provide an overview on the potential unleashed by matching openness with new practices in design.
He is design director at TODO, a design studio and innovation consultancy based in Italy.
At TODO, he has led projects for clients such as Arduino, Bank of Italy, Nike, Fiat, Doha Film Institute, MTV and many other companies, museums and institutions. His works embrace interactive experiences as main design medium, as well visual and strategic design.
Olivero received his Master’s in Interaction Design from Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. As an educator, he has lectured at IUAV Venice, VCUQ, Siena University, SUPSI and Sint Lucas Antwerpen.
‘Openness is the New Normal’ is the last in the series of six lectures. The lecture series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of featured speakers who are representatives of excellence in creative and innovative thinking.