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Sustainable and Ethical Issues When Designing for the Masses

Invited Speaker Raphael Grignani (Nokia)
Usability perspectives
10:30am to 12:00pm on Friday, June 12, 2009

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Raphael will discuss how a team from Nokia Design is addressing sustainable and ethical issues when designing for billions of people. In Nokia Design we have a wide horizon: the world is our focus and people are our inspiration. People want to be truly connected, independent of time and place, in a way that is very personal to them. If the intangible human benefits of communicating through our devices are the rewards, it¹s the physical things we produce and consume that are the costs. We¹re not interested in sentimental greenwash, but the cold hard facts. Raphael will show a Nokia Design approach to design the right thing and the thing right.

Bio: I am a designer. Simply. I work in a multi-disciplinary team that explores new experiences and makes them tangible and meaningful. I talk a lot, I ask a lot of questions, I like to learn, I find people fascinating, and I value creativity above else.

My experience at Nokia ranges from product design with S60, Nokia Contacts bar, and Lifeblog to exploratory human behavioural field research with Jan Chipchase to strategic design case studies with A View of the Future and Remade/Homegrown.

I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Product Design from E.N.S.A.A.M.A, Paris, France and a Master Degree from the University of Art and Design, Helsinki, Finland in Product and Strategic Design. I joined Nokia in Helsinki in 2002, and currently live and work from San Francisco.