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[SOLD OUT] Waste is design gone wrong | Idean

  • Barbican Centre Silk St, Barbican, London EC2Y 8DS London United Kingdom (map)

About the session

One of the biggest topics everyone is talking about is the climate crisis we're in. We live in a world where we still design and make products and services without thinking about the end of life and interdependencies of our creations, resulting in huge amounts of waste. What if we would think about the end-of-life at the beginning, and design for it then? As designers, more than ever, we need to raise to the calling of our discipline, because with great power comes great responsibility.

In this 1.5 hour workshop, we’ll explore the concept of the circular economy, and dig deeper into how service design as a discipline is well-positioned to contribute to a shift in thinking and designing services that are circular from the onset.

We’ll explore new tools and go through a couple of practical exercises so that you can understand how to start incorporating circular design into your own practice and get excited about pushing the thinking even further in the future, both with your peers and your clients!

Key learnings

  • You’ll understand more about the circular economy and hear Andrea’s own experience in designing a circular project

  • You’ll learn more about circular building blocks and how to use the tools in your own practice

  • In groups you’ll work together to re-think a traditionally linear product/service into a circular one

About the speaker

Andrea Fischer is a Senior Service Designer at Idean UK. She has extensive experience as both a service designer and a researcher and has worked across industries both in the B2C and B2B sector.

During her MA in Service Design at the Royal College of Art she dedicated her entire final year to research and design for the circular economy, culminating with a distinction on her project Circular Opendesk. She’s extremely passionate about this topic and is hoping to inspire other designers to include circular design in their own practice.

Edgar Hoffmann is a Senior Service Designer at Idean UK. He has great experience in workshop facilitation, strategic design, evidence driven design and customer research.

He is passionate about using the power of visual communication to co-design and create joint up visions of outcomes that everyone can get behind.


This session has sold out but you can still book your day pass for Friday 25.10. You will be asked to pick 5 sessions of your choice for the day.