The 4th study of Design Fundamentals Seminar,Vision Driven: Start with an imagination

As the co-creative environment where a group of people can demonstrate creativity collectively grow and improve, the need for individuals to bring out originality are becoming ever so important.
What kind of innovation drives vision? And the art-thinking behind it? Focusing on the practice of the strategic design firm, BIOTOPE Inc., we discussed the front line of design thinking with Hiroshi Tamura, a visiting professor from Kyushu University.

Kunitake Saso
He graduated from the University of Tokyo Faculty of law, and completed his master’s course in Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology. After working at P&G and Human Value Company, he was involved in the launch of new business creation programs for Sony Creative Centers. His strengths lie in these things: B to C consumer goods brand design, high-tech R & D concept design and service design project. Today, he is the CEO and Chief Strategic Designer at BIOTOPE Inc.
He is also a visiting Professor at Creative Learning Center, Kyoto University of Art and Design.

Hiroshi Tamura
Joint representative of Re:public Inc.
Co-founder and executive fellow of Tokyo University’s Holds the additional posts of visiting professor at Kyushu University and the Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Known as a pioneer of design thought, he currently designs and manages a variety of open innovation projects which connect industry, academics, the public, and the private sector domestically and overseas, and searches for new “innovation ecosystems.” His main collaboration is “Todai Shiki Sekai Wo Kaeru Inobeshon No Tsukurikata” (Hayakawa Shoten).


Kyushu University Faculty of Design

Kyushu University Faculty of Design works on fundamental theory of design studies aiming at systematising design.


December 3rd (Monday), 2018, 16:30-18:30


Ohashi Campus, Kyushu University. Design Common 2/FL.

4-9-1 Shiobaru, Minami Ward, Fukuoka


Anyone who is interested, including outsiders, can join freely. Please contact us at the following contact address to let us know you are coming, for venue preparation purpose.


Toru Koga (Kyushu University Faculty of Design)



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