Social Design Talk 15 — Social Design in the Age of Collaborative Media

Friday 14 March, 1900h.
Seminar Room 1:  Sackler Centre
Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Speaker:  Bo Reimer, Professor of Media and Communication Studies,Malmö University

Respondent:  Gillian Youngs, Professor of Digital Economy, University of Brighton

Socially motivated design practices depend to a great extent on media, both in the sense that media function as distributors of social design and in the sense that media products and services oftenmake up substantial parts of social design assemblages. But what happens to social design when the uses and the properties of media change? When it becomes possible for amateurs to produce media in professional ways, when the uses of media increasingly become collaborative, and when media products and services continuously are remade and remolded – by both professionals and amateurs?

Given this new framework, in this talk Bo Reimer will discuss the possibilities and problems that face designers, researchers and other practitioners working with social design today. He will base the talk on work carried out at the MEDEA lab in Malmö since 2010, but he will also draw on international examples.

Bo Reimer is Professor of Media and Communication Studies at the School of Arts and Communication at Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden. He is the founding director of MEDEA Collaborative Media Initiative at Malmö University ( He is the author of The Most Common of Practices. On Mass Media Use in Late Modernity (Almqvist&Wiksell International, 1994) and The Politics of Postmodernity (Sage, 1999, co-written with John R. Gibbins). His latest book is Collaborative Media. Production, Consumption, and Design Interventions, co-written with Jonas Löwgren (MIT Press, 2013).

Free event. All welcome.

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