Giorgio OliveroAs part of the Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar (VCUQatar) presents a lecture by Italian interaction designer Giorgio Olivero entitled ‘Openness is the New Normal’ on Wednesday 26 March 2014 at 6 pm at the atrium at VCUQatar. 

In recent years a novel combination of open hardware platforms, open-source tools, open licenses and digital fabrication machines have created a solid ground for the explosion of innovative projects and social innovation fuelled by the collaborative DIY ethos of ‘makers’ culture and new educational practices. One of the main enablers of this evolution is the open hardware platform Arduino. Olivero’s experience as the project’s creative director will provide an overview on the potential unleashed by matching openness with new practices in design.

Giorgio Olivero is design director at TODO, a design studio and innovation consultancy based in Italy. At TODO, he has led projects for clients such as Arduino, Bank of Italy, Nike, Fiat, Doha Film Institute, MTV and many other companies, museums and institutions. His works embrace interactive experiences as main design medium, as well visual and strategic design. Olivero received his Master’s degree in Interaction Design from the Interaction Design Institute Ivrea. As an educator, he has lectures at IUAV Venice, VCUQatar, Siena University, SUPSI and Sint Lucas Antwerpen.

VCUQatar is the Qatar campus of the prestigious Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts in Richmond, Virginia. Established in 1998 through a partnership with Qatar Foundation, VCUQatar offers students the opportunity to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in fashion design, graphic design, interior design and painting & printmaking, a Bachelor of Arts degree in art history and a Master of Fine Arts degree in design studies.

Open to the public, ‘Openness is the New Normal’ is the last in the series of six lectures. VCUQatar’s Crossing Boundaries Lecture Series reflects the cross-disciplinary nature of the featured speakers who are representatives of excellence in creative and innovative thinking.