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Farnaz Nickpour

Lecturer in Design, Brunel University in London United Kingdom

Farnaz Nickpour is a Lecturer in Design at Brunel Design. Farnaz has a strong industrial + strategic design background with a BA and MA in Industrial Design and an MA in Design Strategy and Innovation. Farnaz is a founding member of the Inclusive Design Research Group (IDRG) and a fellow at the Human Centred Design Institute.

Farnaz’s expertise lies in the areas of Inclusive Design, People-centred innovation, User research and Co-design. Farnaz has worked directly with diverse people, designers and the public in the design of products, services and tools that ‘include’ and ‘inspire’. Some recent projects include Design Council Design Bugs Out, RCUK Public Engagement with Inclusive Design and Inclusive Bus Travel for TfL.

Farnaz has presented her work internationally and has spoken in many conferences and events including a keynote speech at Include09 Conference in Royal College of Art, London. She has won a number of awards for her research in inclusive design. Social inclusion, public engagement and education of inclusive design and design for happiness are her main passions.

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Designing for diversity – Innovating for all

@ VOL 16 ON AUG 10, 2017

Dr Farnaz Nickpour is an inclusive designer, an associate professor in Design & Human-centred Innovation at University of Liverpool, and director of the Inclusive Design Research Group (IDRG) in the UK. Farnaz gave this PechaKucha at Vol.16 in London and challenged the audience to reconsider how they approach design and raised the critical question - who will use your designs and how will they use them? Are we designing for ourselves or for others? And how well do we know those ‘others’?

Designers shouldn't just work on assumptions! We need information and empathy.

Farnaz explores some wonderful new ideas for inclusive design such as an evolvable modular walking aid kit, easy to use and clean commodes for NHS to assist patients using the bathroom, and a bio-reactive food packaging solution inspired by the blind users.


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London @ HASSELL Studio
Aug 10, 2017