"Practices, Materiality and Product Design" is a free workshop at Durham University, 6-7 July 2006 (registration required by June 2nd).
This event will be the culmination of a series of four workshops held ...each exploring ideas at the interface of design research and social science and each examining the role of products in shaping everyday life. The series is an integral part of a two year research project, Designing and Consuming. Previous workshops have successfully generated conversation and debate between disciplines, through presentations, discussions and creative workshop activities (see reports).
Bruce M. Tharp, PhD is a designer, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur, with degrees in mechanical engineering, industrial design, and anthropology. He and his wife, Stephanie Tharp run an award-winning, design studio, materious.
They have licensed a dozen new product ideas to companies, and currently manufacture several of their own. Materious also produces discursive products and concepts to engender reflection and debate on cultural topics. They are currently finishing a book project on the topic entitled, Discursive Design.
Bruce is a professor of design at the University of Michigan's Stamps School of Art & Design where he teaches a range of undergraduates as well as graduates in the new Master of Design program in Integrative Design.