Daijiro Mizuno

Biography Daijiro Mizuno

Daijiro Mizuno is a design researcher and an assistant professor in Keio University’s SFC X Design program, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies. He is running his lab focused on design and the speculative mind. His specialism is fashion design and design research, inclusive design and digital fabrication. His research looks at design in the broad spectrum, from architecture to fashion design in order to explore how visual arts can make positive impacts on the society. Based on the sociological theories of consumption, production, and reproduction in the context of fashion as social phenomena, His work attempts to bridge the discrepancy between practice and theory through research. One of his projects is related to FabLab Japan, a fabrication laboratory that uses digital technologies to envision the future of manufacturing. More information can be found at his website at KEIO or at his personal website.

Engaging Encounter

The encounter took place on Thursday May 21, 2015 at the FabCafe, Tokyo, Japan

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Slowly but certainly moving towards 100

Continuing this project next to my regular work (since my sabbatical ended almost a year ago) is quite a challenge, and especially updating the website. Since the summer holidays started, I now have a bit more time to address my adventures the last half year. In 2016, I had 12 encounters up till now. in 2016.

12 new encounters 2016

At the top row, you see three encounters I had with designers in practice (from left to right: Afdeling Buitengewone Zaken, Less or More and Onmi) about their approaches and visions on design and design research. Moreover, I had the opportunity to have five inspiring encounters with researchers who were visiting the Computer Human Interaction conference in San Jose, CA, USA (from the 2nd row on the left to the right and downwards: George Khut, Dag Svaenas, Gerrit van der Veer, John Zimmerman and Marko Teras) about the direction HCI and design research is taking, and how this relates to social, cultural, philosophical, technological and economical developments in our society. Moreover, Pierre Lévy and I had the pleasure to have an encounter with Veronique Hillen, Dean of Paris d.school, on design thinking and design education (3rd row on the right). I met Gbolagade Ayoola, professor emeritus of Agricultural Economics and Policy and founder and president of Farm & Infrastructure Foundation, in Eindhoven and we discussed amongst other things  the differences between Nigeria and Europe e.g. regarding the role of policy and technology to offer people equal rights. In August, I had a meeting with Maarten Konigs & Hans Robertus from the Holland Branding Group (4th row in the middle) to discuss participatory processes to explore the identity and branding of groups and neighbourhoods to offer people a frame and source of inspiration to act upon. Finally, I explored with Roel Freeke, the director of Necker van Naem, about the role of data, tools and social interaction to support governance and democracy processes. So the counter has reached 79.

 

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