At Design Philosophy Bar “Provoke Bar” leaders of their fields in education, design, and editing gather from both within and without Japan to discuss and consider the provoking ideas each brings together in one place—all with a drink in hand. There were six entries to this symposium, jointly sponsored by Musashino Art University Department of Science of Design and Kyushu University Faculty of Design.
Session 6 (Final)
9/7 (Friday) 7:00 P.M. – 9:30 P.M.
Title: The Humanism of Design 2.0
Provocateurs: Minako Ikeda, Hisayasu Ihara, Toru Koga
Technologies developed for the purpose of “convenience” “comfort” and “security” often go hand in hand with negative aspects such as environmental pollution and damage in addition to alienating its human users. That being said, technology should be truly suitable for humankind. So the question must be asked: what is the “humanity” that this technology should serve? And is that humanity, in fact, the underlying cause of environmental destruction and human destruction itself? The members of Kyushu University Faculty of Design who champion “The Humanization of Technology” give an overview on the foundation of design from a humanist standpoint based on the latest design trends.
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Bar charge: ¥2,000, limit 30 attendees per session.
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[Provocateur and Coordinator Profiles]
A “Provocateur” is a person who promotes discussion by asking provoking questions.
Hisayasu Ihara /
Professor, Kyushu University Faculty of Design. Gained research experience at GK Industrial Design Associates, and in 1988 became an assistant at Kyushu University’s School of Design. Has since taken up research on the paper media forms prevalent in the first half of the 20th century, such as brücke and Isotype.
Toru Koga /
Professor, Kyushu University Faculty of Design; specializes in philosophy. Current research is based on modern western philosophy. Even while preoccupied with the many issues of present-day life such as Minamata disease, leprosy, environmental destruction, and totalitarianism, he still attempts to build on the fundamental theories of design.
Minako Ikeda /
Associate professor, Kyushu University Faculty of Design. She encountered Bauhaus while studying art history at Goethe University Frankfurt in Germany which piqued her interest in the field of design. After returning to Japan, she completed her graduate courses at Tokyo University of the Arts and became an assistant at the same university; later, she began working for a publisher editing design publications. After leaving, she jointly established IIDj and began working in earnest on informational design. She specializes in design and information editing.
[Co-Sponsors] Kyushu University Faculty of Design, Musashino Art University Department of Science of Design
[Supported by] Center for Designed Futures of Kyushu University
[With Cooperation From] NPO Doner le Mot, Konya 2023
[Contact] Kyushu University Faculty of Design, Toru Koga Tel: +81 92 553 4400