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Lecture: Graham Pullin

October 30, 2014 at 12:00 pm

The Materials of Hands and Voices

The Master of Science in Architecture Distinguished Lecture in Design.

Graham Pullin is a designer and author of Design Meets Disability (The MIT Press, 2009). He is Course Director of Digital Interaction Design at the University of Dundee, where his research is exploring more expressive communication aids for people who cannot speak––an obsession that may stem from having seen My Fair Lady at too formative an age. Previously, Graham was a Studio Head at the design consultancy IDEO, leading multidisciplinary teams on projects from (the very commercial) Vodafone Simply mobile phones for people in their 40s and 50s to concept hearing–enabling furniture for the V&A Museum. Twenty years ago, he was exploring bespoke prosthetic hands at the Royal College of Art. Prior to that, he worked at the Bath Institute of Medical Engineering. Experiencing different cultures within different design fields led to Design Meets Disability, a book that argues for more art school–trained designers to be invited into disability-related design, in order to contribute not only their skills but also their sensibilities (and obsessions). This would be a healthily disruptive influence within assistive technology, but would influence design in return.

Design Meets Disability Clinic:

Part I: October 30, 1:30 P.M. – 4:30 P.M.
Room 2104 (Auditorium), Art + Architecture Building

Part II: October 31, 9:30 A.M. – 5:30 P.M.
Room 3222, Angell Hall

Flash Exhibition:

October 31, 5:30 P.M. – 7:30 P.M.
Various sites around central campus

This lecture is co-sponsored with generous support from the University of Michigan Initiative on Disability Studies and Taubman College. For more information on the clinic please contact Robert Adams, robadams@umich.edu.

Graham Pullin: The Materials of Hands and Voices from Taubman College on Vimeo.

Photograph by Jean-Claude Revy


October 30, 2014
12:00 pm