Conversations with creative minds about their way of life & work
My name is Ohyoon. I am a designer and researcher pursuing my practice in Service Design and Design Research. I have a South Korean nationality and am currently living in the Netherlands. Having a residency in a territory where you don't have a right of a permanent staying sometimes means that you need to bear with a frequent mobility for working and living. Fortunately, I do much like traveling which gives me an opportunity to encounter various ways of life.
In the last few years, I have met many creative people who developed their practices in very unique and inspiring ways. They create values through networking professionals and resources existing in multiple locations. The traditional rhythm of life given by organizations is twisted. This motivates me to meet more of those people and learn which directions they have taken so far as well as to document their creative lives and works using a form of conversation.
This website is a channel for showing my current status of travel and ongoing conversations with creative people whom I meet on the roads. In the next sections, you can learn about how to participate and watch the past conversations.
The above map shows three type of locations: my current location, the scheduled destinations and locations of conversations.
If you are living in those destinations and find this project interesting to join, I would really happy to meet you. Please look at the schedule and see whether we can meet up at your favorite place in your city. Drop a line to email@example.com.
James Seward is a managing director of a startup company Buddy, a digital mental health service. Having more than 20 years of experience in National Health Service (NHS), he talks about his insights on innovation for the public sector by giving the example of the development story of the Buddy App.
"If you want to be disruptive and radical you have to step outside of service delivery organizations. That's a startup"
He talks about how working outside of the national health care institute allows him to have fresh ideas and making a disruptive change.
"Designing application is only half of the story, engaging with real people and let them be comfortable with the new concept is equally important"
Froukje Sleeswijk Visser Design Researcher, Assistant Professor at TU Delft, Consultant at Context Queen
Delft, The Netherlands, 22 January 2012
Froukje is a design researcher specialized in user involvement in an early design phase. She talks about her opinion and criticism on the emerging discipline of Service Design, introducing her new elective course at TU Delft in the same topic.
"...through this new elective course named Service Design, I wish to bring a critical discussion about what is the role of designers today"
She reflects on how she has shaped her position as a design researcher involving in both industry and education.
"I would like to be involved in projects for a longer term and in the implementation phase. I have lots of ideas but I am not involved in the realization, only in an earlier phase"
Frens Pries Co-founder of Frank&Frens Delft, The Netherlands, 14 January 2012
He talked about how he has started up his design agency, Frank&Frens with his friend Frank and reflected on his evolving practice as a young entrepreneur - designer.
"Collaborating with other designers helps us to take bigger projects and choose the topic we like"