Professor Daniel Charny


'The role of designing and making in our future lives' with a focus on social sustainability is at heart of my practice. My research as Professor of Design at Kingston School of Art is practice centred. I have a keen interest in new formats and programmes  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  learning 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 and learning formats, and developed the Fixperts framework which has been taught in over 40 higher education institutes across 20 countries. In 2020 it was acknowldged with the Sir Misha Black Award for Innovation in design Education. In 2022 I was awarded an MBE for services to design and creativity.

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 contribute 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 and Honorary Senior Research Fellow at the V&A Museum. 

Currently I continue the development of new formats alongside Fixperts for schools. These programmes are developed and run by Forth, a community interest company who believe in the power of creativity as a tool for social change. We are also a partner on Make It Open an EU Comission research project for open schooling through science learning and maker education. 

Academic responsibilities

Professor of Design


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

Teaching and learning

Undergraduate courses taught


I have a keen interest in formats that enable creativity, design innovation (especially when didicated to social sustainability) 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 (since 2012) and FixCamp programmes (since 2017). 

Qualifications and expertise

  • Design
  • Design education
  • Curating

Areas of specialism

  • Design education
  • Maker education
  • Maker culture
  • Design for social sustainability


Number of items: 31.


Charny, Daniel [Curator] and Garcia, César [Collaborator] (2021) Globally connected, locally responsible Viseras. (Face-shield headband). Headbands 240x 240 mm wide and 20 - 50mm high - Screen 300-350 mm high.


Charny, Daniel [Interviewee] and SySTEM 2020 [Interviewer] (2020) Rethinking education. SySTEM 2020 : Science Learning Outside the Classroom,


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 (2021) Notes on co-creation = Ortak-yaratım üzerine notlar. In: Çifter, Abdüsselam Selami , Dong, Hua , Cook, Sharon and Olgun, Inci, (eds.) Inclusive design and social innovation : a methodology and case studies. Istanbul, Turkey : Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University Publications. pp. 9-21. ISBN 9786257758031

Charny, Daniel and Halligan, Dee (2019) Fixing education and learning - what type of learning is needed for schools to support a culture of distributed design. In: Armstrong, Kate , Diez, Tomas , Goldapple, Lisa , Schmidt, Alessandra and Villum, Christian, (eds.) Design remix shape repeat : how distributed design is changing the way makers and designers approach collaboration, tools and the market. Institute of Advanced Architecture of Catalonia. pp. 50-53. ISBN 9788494814235

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 (2021) Community vs. network. In: Craft & Cultural Conversations 2021; 23 Sep - 28 Oct 2021, Held online. (Unpublished)

Charny, Daniel (2021) Reason to be making : inspiring the problem solvers of tomorrow. In: Earth Action Hub; 21 - 23 May 2021, Held online.

Charny, Daniel, Halligan, Dee and Hagger, Victor [Illustrator] (2020) Responding to real world challenges through co-creative fixing. In: Sustaining Inclusive Design : Virtual Symposium; 25 - 26 Sep 2020, Held online. (Unpublished)

Micklethwaite, Paul, Charny, Daniel, Alvarado, Maya, Cassim, Julia, Dong, Yumei and de Vere, Ian (2020) Fixperts : models, learning and social contexts. In: DRS2020 (Design Research Society conference); 11-14 Aug 2020, Brisbane, Australia (held online).

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

de Vere, Ian and Charny, Daniel (2017) Social innovation in the curriculum : a model for community engagement and design intervention. In: ICED17 21st International Conference on Engineering Design; 21 - 25 Aug 2017, Vancouver, Canada. (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], Alex, Newson [Curator] and Morag, Myerscough [Designer] (2016) Designer Maker User. .

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

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

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

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

Moving Image/Broadcast

Charny, Daniel [Contributor] (2021) Coming up with Ideas with Fixperts. (Webinar). (Design Ventura 2021-22)

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

Sound Recording

Treggiden, Katie [Interviewer] and Charny, Daniel [Interviewee] (2021) Circular with Katie Treggiden. (Podcast). (58 min.) (Series 2, no. 4)

Charny, Daniel [Interviewee] and Gibson, Grant [Interviewer] (2020) Daniel Charny on fixing and repair. (Interview). Daniel Charny on fixing and repair. (56:51) (Material Matters)


Charny, Daniel [Creator] (2015) Fixperts.

Database or Web Resource

Charny, Daniel [Co-creator] and Halligan, Dee [Co-creator] (2020) FixEd. online platform.

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

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