GID Symposium 2012

Nov 21, 2012 // IMPERIAL / RCA, KMD, PRATT

Global Innovation Design Symposium 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F
Organized by Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University (KMD)
Supported by Japan's Ministry of Education (MEXT)

On November 21, 2012, the Global Innovation Design Program was introduced to the world at a Symposium in Tokyo, organized by KMD. The event presented the groundbreaking vision for GID: connecting KMD with leading universities in the U.K. and USA, and partnering with global enterprise for professional development and mutual benefit.

Symposium attendees included representatives of innovative companies from around the world. In addition to special guests from the Ministry of Education, U.S. and British Embassies, and Keio University, the program included a keynote address from renowned British design researcher, Dale Russell, and presentations by faculty members from KMD, the Royal College of Art & Imperial College London, and Pratt Institute.

After the Symposium, on November 23, KMD hosted a workshop for Symposium attendees to get hands-on experience with cutting edge innovation methods used by all three GID Program centers.



14:00 Opening and Welcome Remarks
+ Masa Inakage, Dean and Professor, KMD
+ Aruga Osamu, Ministry of Education
+ Sara R. Harriger, Education and Exchanges Officer, U.S. Embassy, Tokyo
+ Julia Longbottom, Minister (Deputy Head of Mission), British Embassy, Tokyo
+ Naoyuki Agawa, Vice President, Professor, Keio University

14:25 Keynote Speech
+ Dale Russell, Creative Catalyst: international design connections are key to innovation'

15:25  The Future of Education and Business Driven by Innovation Design
+ Masa Inakage, Keio University
+ Naohito Okude, Keio University
+ Daniel Steinbock, Keio University
+ Steve Diskin, Pratt Institute
+ Katrin Mueller-Russo, Pratt Institute
+ Miles Pennington, Royal College of Art
+ Peter Childs, Imperial College London

17:00 Closing Remarks
+ Masa Inakage, Dean and Professor, KMD


Dale Russell
Visiting Professor (Innovation Design Engineering, RCA joint ICL course, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, and University of the Arts London), Advisor (Helen Hamlyn, Design Against Crime, Brunel University)

Professor Dale Russell FRCA, internationally acknowledged design innovation practitioner and academic. Her creative direction and strategic guidance, focused within design and technology innovation, inspires visionary design cultures and projects across a diverse blue-chip portfolio including Samsung, Unilever, Ford and Philips Lighting.

Dale is Visiting Professor, Innovation Design Engineering, Royal College of Art joint Imperial College course. She is Visiting Professor, Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London and advisor to research including Helen Hamlyn, Design Against Crime and Brunel University.

Masa Inakage
Dean and Professor
Graduate School of Media Design, Keio University

Masa Inakage is an artist/designer, creative director, and producer, as well as strategist. He pursues expressive excellence purely for art and design, for developing innovative product and service, and for designing a creative society for the better future. He leads and advises various projects using his expertise in entertainment design, story thinking, and user experience design. Projects are diverse, ranging from academic exploration of innovative concepts, for-profit innovative products and services, to non-profit project for social change.

Steve Diskin
Professor, Chair of Industrial Design
Pratt Institute

Steve earned a BA in Visual Studies and Masters in Architecture at Harvard, and a
 PhD at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne. Starting his professional life as an architect in Tokyo, he later established an industrial design studio in Los Angeles. His HELIX clock is now in the permanent collection of the National Design Museum in New York. He has taught extensively, notably at Art Center in Los Angeles, and abroad in Switzerland, Germany, France, Norway, Denmark, Estonia, Poland, Cyprus, Israel and Turkey. Steve was a Visiting Professor in Prague and Ljubljana prior to coming to Pratt. He has shot video documentaries, and published a children’s book about musical instruments.

Miles Pennington
Professor, Head of Programme
Innovation Design Engineering Programme
School of Design
Royal College of Art

Miles studied Engineering at Exeter University and Industrial Design Engineering at the Royal College of Art, receiving his MDes in 1992. After graduating he worked for four years as a designer for Sekisui in Osaka, Japan, developing a wide range of products from kitchenware to prefabricated housing. In 1997 he returned to the UK and established innovation and prototyping consultancy Design Stream to work with Japanese and European clients. He now splits his time between running IDE, developing international educational experiences and when he has time, toy design.

Peter Childs
Professor, Professorial Lead in Engineering Design
Imperial College London

Peter’s general interests include: creativity tools; design; fluid flow; sustainable energy. He was formerly the director of InQbate, the HEFCE funded Centre of Excellence in Creativity and director of the Rolls-Royce University Technology Centre for Aero-Thermal Systems at the University of Sussex. He is the joint course director for the Innovation Design Engineering degree with the Royal College of Art, the Design Engineering Group Director, CTO of QBot Ltd an Imperial Innovations spin-out, Design Lead for the Manufacturing Futures Lab and a member of the educational executive for the Climate Knowledge Innovation Centre.