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The City Shaped by People – accessible services for everyone

How to design accessible and safer services and environments? What kind of role design can have when thinking about global challenges? Can wellbeing be designed?

3hlöäEquality and Parity Promoted by Design panel discussion at the Helsinki City Hall on 13 September. The panel discussion was a part of the Helsinki Design Week’s City Shaped by People -programme. The panelists were UX-designer Tero Tikkanen, artist Jenni-Juulia Wallinheimo-Heimonen and communication project manager Anu Merenlahti.

Accessibility advocates equal access to social, political, and economic life which includes not only physical access but access to same services, facilities, organizations and information which everybody has. If we create services which are not 100% accessible it can be noted that they are not 100% services and lack something crucial.
There was a lot of discussion about design processes and who should be involved and how people can participate in design processes. Access to everyone including the disabled is an essential aspect on design process. The city of Helsinki has a goal to solve to following equation: Helsinki + Digitalisation+ Design = City Shaped by People. The panellist agreed that a well-designed city is accessible and equal to everyone.

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HDW 2017: How to create your own illustration style?

IMG_0470Grafia (Association of Visual Communication Designers in Finland) organized an event called ‘An illustration in design process‘ during Helsinki Design Week 2017 on 15 September. Graphic artist Leena Kisonen and illustrator Linda Linko discussed about illustration styles and design processes. Leena shared the story behind her own visual language and showed examples of her work over the years. She gave many ideas on developing and finding inspiration for illustration work. Linda walked through the design process from idea and pitch to ready illustration. She also explained how to communicate visually with a customer.

Create your individual visual personality

How to create your own illustration style as a designer? If you want to concentrate on the illustration design process you should create a style that can be recognized. It’s important to create an individual style that can be repeated effectively. Most designers use same software but adding a personal touch makes the illustrations unique.

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Hi, is there anyone who likes yellow color and apple juice?

“Hi, my name is Lisa and I’ve started to study Service Innovation and Design at the Laurea University of Applied Sciences.” Lisa is walking in a lobby and sees other students. “Hi guys, is there anyone who likes yellow color and drinks apple juice?”

“Hi Lisa, we’re also students in SID program and we’re happy to support you and collaborate with you. And btw I like yellow color.”

Oh, that sounds wonderful. Thank you so much.”

No, problem, we’ll be here for you.”

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Storytelling identifies key stakeholders, their needs and the big idea. Our team’s story was about Studying in Laurea UAS. It’s an inspiring way to familiarize with your stakeholders emotions. And the most important we had so much fun in our group during the process!

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