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Casual Talk

A series of casual talks, roundtables and panels to engage experts and amateurs alike to share insights, knowledge and know-how, address concerns and brainstorm.


Workshops: plastic recycling with KresKros, natural dye with Koperasi Ura2, typography with Tokotype

Film screening

Screening  a selection of films from A Design Film Festival (Singapore), and Hanzi, a documentary on Chinese typography

Why design?

Designers know a lot about how to control perception, how to present information in some way that helps you find what you need, or what it is they think you need. Information is only useful when it can be understood.

Muriel Cooper MIT's Visible Language Workshop, and co-founder of the MIT Media Lab

Nope, graphic design won’t save the world. Smart machines are replacing human. Should we worry when graphic design comes to extinction? Designers, we are not that special. Burst your bubbles. Tie your knot with art / culture / economy / politics / history / climate / etc.

Designers, how decent are you to stand the dissents?

Ellena Ekarahendy Chairperson, Media & Creative Industry Workers' Union for Democracy (SINDIKASI)

Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches

John C. Cresswell

Design–the designer and designed objects, images, systems and things–shapes the form, operation, appearance and perceptions of the material world we occupy.

Tony Fry (2003) Quoted in Alexandra Crosby, "Designing Futures in Indonesia," PORTAL Journal of Multidisciplinary International Studies vol. 3 no. 12 (2016)

Dysfunction by design: Political finance and corruption in Indonesia

Marcus Mietzner Critical Asian Studies vol. 47 no. 4 (2015)

No design practice takes place outside of a series of economic conditions that make it possible … uneven economic relations, with consequences for legal and cultural power, shape what counts as legitimate design practice. … The “knowledge” that flows around these design processes is not impersonal, abstract, or timeless. It emerges at particular moments, voiced by particular people, who speak with particular kinds of authority – cultural, technical, spiritual – and their right to speak is contingent on that authority.

Lily Irani, Janet Vertesi, Paul Dourish “Postcolonial Computing: A Lens on Design and Development.” In SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (2010)
Why design, really?

What is Surabaya Design Summit?

Surabaya Design Summit (SDS) is an international design conference organized to share insights and knowledge, exchange ideas and opinions as an effort to build a critical understanding of various design practices in relation to greater social, cultural, economic, technological, political and ecological dynamics. Read more here