Form, function and beauty: how design shapes our lives

February 20, 2015

Humans are drawn to things of beauty. The design of things around us — be they products, rooms or buildings — affects us in profound ways. Of course, design is not only about looks, but about usability and utility. How do appearances and surfaces affect user experience? Are there universal rules of beauty? What does the design of the things around us say about human nature and social structures? How does the digital world change the way we interact with physical objects and spaces? What areas of design will be the most interesting or important in the future?

Guests in the studio:

Charlie Gullström Hughes, University Lecturer at KTH School of Architecture and head of the research group KTH Smart Spaces, collaboration between KTH ABE Architecture and KTH CSC Media technology and Interaction Design.

Stina Hagelqvist, Associate Professor in art History at the Department of Culture and Aesthetics at Stockholm University

Konrad Tollmar, Associate Professor at the School of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at KTH Royal Institute of Technology

On Skype: Deana McDonagh, Professor of Industrial Design at the School of Art and Design at the University of Illinois

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