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The 170 Celebration Debates - Design and Personalisation: Does it empower or exploit?

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A highlight of Nottingham Trent University's celebrations of 170 years of continuous Art and Design teaching in Nottingham, the Celebration Debates will explore the place of Art and Design teaching in higher education today. Each will address a fundamental issue that the University wishes to consider, with panellists whose views promise lively and provocative exchanges.

  • From: Wednesday 24 September 2014, 12 am
  • To: Wednesday 24 September 2014, 12 am
  • Location: Newton building, Nottingham Conference Centre, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Burton Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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We tend to think choice is good, making us feel in control and defining our personalities – I'm a skinny latte person, you're an espresso. We can personalize clothes and shoes online, personal trainers devise individual fitness plans and doctors may be able to tailor therapy to physical type. Futurologists predict that we will soon be able to personalise possessions and print them out on a 3D printer.

But is there a downside? Should public health provision offer choice for individuals if that lessens provision for all? Using the internet, we may like to personalize our browser, but resent receiving personalized advertising. And 3D printing may sometimes result in crimes against good taste and design but, worse, against humanity if people download and print out weapon parts.

Who is in charge of this personalisation? Is it always based on sound assumptions? And do its positive consequences outweigh negative ones?

Speakers: Professor Tom Fisher, Research Coordinator for the School of Art and Design, NTU. Professor Tony Kent, Professor of Fashion Marketing, NTU. Dr Sarah Kettley, Senior Lecturer, Product Design, NTU. Dr Matt Sinclair, Lecturer, Loughborough University; founder Matt Sinclair Design, specialising in product and brand experiences in consumer and professional electronics.

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Find out more about our 170 years celebrations.

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Newton building, Nottingham Conference Centre


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Burton Street

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