Date & time

Fri, 1 Dec 2023
10:45 - 15:45


Emmanuel Centre, London
9 - 23 Marsham Street
London, SW1P 3DW
or Online

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About this day

Welcome to Design and Technology in Action!

Get ready for an electrifying day of inspiration and innovation, as we proudly present Design in Technology in Action! This interactive and engaging KS5 event will take your students to the very forefront of cutting-edge design. Featuring five acclaimed speakers from a diverse range of disciplines, this unmissable day will offer your students an exclusive peek behind the scenes of the design world. From delving deep into the world of materials to uncovering the secrets of design development, including sketching, modelling, and CAD, your students will be captivated by the boundless possibilities of this exciting field!

Host: Anna Ploszajski (Materials Scientist, Engineer & Storyteller)

“An inspiring series of talks – great introduction for our students to get them thinking about their coursework!”

D&T Teacher, December 2022

Programme & speakers

Making everyday objects special Sebastian Bergne, Object Designer

It has never been more important to design products that contribute positively. Industrial designer Sebastian Bergne will talk about 10 very different projects that are both normal and exceptional, expected and unexpected.

Sebastian Bergne

About Sebastian Bergne

Industrial designer Sebastian Bergne is renowned for making everyday objects special with his essential and human approach to design. His achievements have been widely recognised with design awards and inclusion in museum collections.

Design Workshop Anna Ploszajski, Materials Scientist, Writer and Storyteller

In this two-part design workshop, materials engineer Dr Anna Ploszajski will set students a real-life design problem, and they’ll solve it in teams, mimicking the real design process used by the professionals like our speakers. Students will need to consider materials properties, usability, and will iterate by making multiple cardboard prototypes in order to refine their design, for the chance to win a coveted prize.

Anna Ploszajski

About Dr Anna Ploszajski

Anna Ploszajski is a materials scientist, author, presenter and science comedian who is on a mission to get people fascinated by the ordinary stuff which makes up the world around us. Her book Handmade tells the story of materials through their use in arts and crafts.

From Pots to Pixels... and Beyond! Ingrid Murphy, Ceramic Artist

Ingrid is an award-winning ceramic artist who merges traditional craft with digital design, pushing the boundaries of ceramic art. Her captivating and immersive works showcase innovative interactions and experiences, blending craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. Ingrid will discuss her creative process, what inspires her, and how she seamlessly merges traditional craft skills with emerging digital design and fabrication processes.

Ingrid Murphy

About Ingrid Murphy

Ingrid Murphy is an award-winning ceramic artist who exhibits internationally. She is interested in merging traditional craft skills with emerging digital design and fabrication processes.

Creative Prototyping Jude Pullen, Creative Technologist and Prototyping Expert

Join Jude in a dynamic session as he explores big topics such as futurism, radical beta-testing, design thinking, innovation, sustainability, diversity, and disruptive technology. During this session Jude will challenge the audience to reconsider their approach to work and innovation, and show us how he works these principles into his impressive client roster, including RS Group, Pentagram, IKEA and LEGO to name a few!

Jude Pullen

About Jude Pullen

Winner of the IMechE Alastair Graham-Bryce “Imagineering” Award, Jude is among BBC2’s Big Life Fix documentary’s 8 featured inventors, dedicated to using technology and design to assist people with disabilities. Passionate about bridging diverse disciplines, Jude excels in novel projects, leveraging global networks and creative experiences.

Creative Convergence: The Future of Architectural Design in an AI-Driven World Tim Fu, Founder and CEO of Studio Tim Fu

Architectural horizons are expanding with AI. Join the dialogue on how artificial intelligence will refine our design ethos, offering new perspectives on form, function, and the future skyline!

Tim Fu

About Tim Fu

Tim Fu is a renowned architectural designer specialised in computation and AI. He is the founder of Studio Tim Fu, an architectural practice pioneering in AI tech. Tim is also an active educator and has ran workshops globally.