News and events

DesignTalks 2020 - Genki  Instruments and MINISOPHY

Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson, Head of design at Genki Instruments joins the stage and MINISOPHY by designer Katrín Ólína and philosopher Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir sets the tone at t DesignTalks 2020 in Harpa, concert hall on the 26th of March, this year under the theme New World, New Ways.

 "The positive conflict that is created when different ways of thinking and different methodologies meet, is the reason we were able to create Wave”
Jón Helgi Hólmgeirsson is head designer and one of the multidisciplinary team of engineers and designers that founded Genki Instruments, a design driven technology company which strives to make technology feel natural. The company’s first product is called Wave, a wearable ring that allows musicians to easily shape sound, control effect and send commands using intuitive gestures. Ever since Jón Helgi graduated from the Iceland University of the Arts he has attracted attention and awards for his diverse set of projects, often futuristic and designed to be fully user customisable. These influences are reflected in Wave.

Genki Instruments won the Icelandic Design Awards 2019 for Wave. Read more here.

Check out Genki Instruments here.
“MINISOPHY grew out of a concern with two related issues that we more or less all deal with: a shortening attention span in times of information overload and a general feeling of disconnect. Crucially, however, the practice of thinking deeply is of great urgency now, perhaps more than ever in human history.”
MINISOPHY by Katrín Ólína, designer-artist-thinker, and Sigríður Þorgeirsdottir, Professor in philosophy at the University of Iceland. MINISOPHY is a digital publication offering mini texts, illustrations, exercises. MINISOPHY is the art of thinking about general issues in miniature style. MINISOPHY represents a different way to use social media. By combining art and philosophy, MINISOPHY introduces a novel methodology of creative and critical thinking.
Check out Minisophy here.
Sigríður Þorgeirsdóttir is professor of philosophy at the University of Iceland. Minisophy relates to her present research on embodied ciritical thinking. See more here. Sigríður extends her philosophy into various directions in her efforts to make the world more philosophical and to connect philosophy better to the world. Sigríður has written many books and articles on her research and gives lectures on her topics all over the world.
Katrín Ólína’s work finds its material expression in the fields of product design, interiors, furniture, jewellery, graphic art, and writing. Her work is cross-disciplinary and connects the fields. Design is philosophy, each designed object embodies an idea about the world and our place in it.
Check out more here.
This years overall theme, New World, New Ways, will operate as a red thread through the day, as all the speakers are in one way or the other responding to the current global situation.
Hlín Helga Guðlaugsdóttir is the curator of DesignTalks and this year she will be joined by Robert Thiemann, founder and editor-in-chief of FRAME magazine to moderate the event. Thiemann is the director of Frame Publishers.
Stay tuned as we will announce more speakers for DesignTalks 2020.
Here you can secure your ticket.
Here is the event on Facebook.
DesignTalks is a signature event of DesignMarch, produced by the Iceland Design Centre with the support of Arion Bank and the City of Reykjavik.