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'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.
Professor of Design
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).
Charny, Daniel, ed. (2011) Power of making: the importance of being skilled. London, U.K. : V & A Publishing. 79p. ISBN 9781851776535
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).
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 [Speaker] (2014) Reasons to be making : the role of making in design education. In: 2014 Peter Dormer Lecture; 27 Nov 2014, London, U.K..