Professor Daniel Charny


'The role of designing and making in our future lives' is at heart of my practice and the focus of my research as Professor of Design at Kingston School of Art. I have a keen interest in formats that enable creativity, design innovation (especially if it's for social and environmental benefit) and learning. As curator my major works include Power of Making (2011), Future of Fixing (2014) and Design Maker User (2016). Notable projects as founding creative director include The Maker Library Network (2014-2017) Central Research Laboratory (2015) and the ongoing Fixperts programme (since 2012).

Design education is a constant strand of my work including a significant period as full time Senior Tutor at the RCA. Since 2012 I've been interested in open source design teaching formats, and developed the Fixperts framework which has been taught in over 35 higher education institutes across 20 countries.

I've devised and delivered courses, workshops, think-tanks, seminars and talks internationally including in China, Denmark, Spain, Turkey and Mexico. As expert advisor I have contributed to EU research projects including the Horizon2020 Caps MAKE-IT, Creative Europe Fund DDMP and the Fabcity Global initiative. I'm a member of The Design Museum Curatorial Committee, an Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the V&A Museum and member of the VARI Advisory board. 

I am currently continuing the development of Fixperts for schools under FixEd, a think and do tank concerned with building creativity into our education system. 

Academic responsibilities

Professor of Design


  • MARCA (Industrial Design)
  • FHEA
  • BA (Industrial Design)

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught



Number of items: 18.


Charny, Daniel, ed. (2011) Power of making: the importance of being skilled. London, U.K. : V & A Publishing. 79p. ISBN 9781851776535

Book Section

Charny, Daniel (2011) Thinking of making. In: Charney, Daniel, (ed.) Power of making: the importance of being skilled. London, U.K. : V & A Publishing. pp. 7-10. ISBN 9781851776535

Charny, Daniel (2009) Can Britain still make it? :product. In: Sudjic, Deyan, (ed.) Design in Britain: big ideas (small island). London, U.K. : Conran Octopus. pp. 8-39. ISBN 9781840915426

Conference or Workshop Item

Charny, Daniel [Artist] (2017) Global networks. In: Craft Makerspaces; 16-18 November 2017, Asheville, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Charny, Daniel [Speaker] (2017) Making Matters : the role of making in our future lives. In: Making Matters; 04 Jul 2017, London, U.K..

Charny, Daniel (2017) Think-ahead-tank. In: Maker Library Network : Think-ahead-tank; 02-04 Mar 2017, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Sudjic, Deyan, Pawson, John, Charny, Daniel and Black, Alice (2016) How to design a design museum. In: The Design Museum Opening Public Programme; 25 Nov 2016, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Charny, Daniel [Teacher] (2015) One, two, many : making and materials. In: One, Two, Many; 09 - 12 Feb 2015, Kyoto, Japan.

Charny, Daniel [Speaker] (2014) Reasons to be making : the role of making in design education. In: 2014 Peter Dormer Lecture; 27 Nov 2014, London, U.K..

Charny, Daniel [Speaker] (2013) On the action of designing, making and fixing. In: Design Indaba Conference 2013; 27 Feb - 1 Mar 2013, Cape Town, South Africa.


Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition], Alex, Newson [Curator of an exhibition] and Morag, Myerscough [Designer] (2016) Designer Maker User. .

Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2015) Maker Library Network. .

Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2014) Brave fixed world. Lodz Design Festival 2014. .

Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2011) Power of making. .

Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2009) Super Contemporary. .

Moving Image/Broadcast

Charny, Daniel [Creator] (2017) Fixperts films archive. (Moving image media on multiple website platforms).


Charny, Daniel [Creator] (2015) Fixperts.

Database or Web Resource

Charny, Daniel [Curator of an exhibition] (2015) The future of fixing.

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