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    Minako Ikeda

    Kyushu University
    Faculty of Design
    Associate Professor

    She is an Associate Professor from the Kyushu University, Faculty of Design, and she specializes in Information Editing Design and Design History.
    Through her experiences as an editor for magazines and books, she has been working on expanding and theorizing the concept of editing and exploring the possibility of applying it in design fields such as communication, products, and services. In addition, she has been working on projects to design products for modern life and archive traditional techniques to pass on the culture and techniques of traditional crafts.
    Her major editorial books include "Information Design-Design of Intelligibility" (Graphic Sha Publishing, 2002), "Color Edition - History of Japanese Design" (Bijutsu Shuppan Sha, 2003), "Textbook of Editorial Design" (Nikkei Business Publications, the first edition 1999, the 4th edition 2015), "Does Design Need Philosophy?" (Musashino Art University Press, 2019). She has served as a judge in the Good Design Award, Fukuoka Urban Beautification Award, and Fukuoka Prefecture Architectural Award for Artistic Urban Design.

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    Kun-Pyo Lee

    The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
    School of Design

    He is the Dean of the School of Design of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Before joining the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, he was the Professor at the Department of Industrial Design, KAIST, South Korea and also the director of the Human-Centered Interaction Design Lab for more than 30 years. He is a co-founder and president emeritus of IASDR (International Association of Societies of Design Research), additionally served as Chief Design Officer (Executive Vice President) of Corporate Design Center, LG Electronics. He is well known in Asia as an early pioneer in the field of design research, UX design and user-centered design, for which he was recognized as Honorary Fellow of the Design Research Society, and Local Hero at CHI 2015. After returning to KAIST from LG with unique experiences in industry and academia, he has been focusing on establishing a new design education paradigm under the name of Design 3.0.

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    Kazuo Tanaka

    GK Design Group Inc.
    President / CEO

    Design Producer and Industrial Designer, President and CEO of GK Design Group Inc. Currently, he is the chairman of the board of directors of the Japan Industrial Designers' Association. Good Design Fellow of the Japan Institute of Design Promotion, Regional Advisor of the World Design Organization (WDO). He has served as a Red Dot Ambassador in Germany and a Good Design Australia Ambassador in Australia.
    Major awards include Wall.AG Berlin City Street Furniture Project for the Red Dot Design Award (2000), Toyama Light Rail Total Design (2006) for the Good Design Gold Award, Good Design Award Prime Minister Award, and German IF for Sanyo Electric Solar Charger. In addition, he also served as a judge for the world's leading design awards such as the Good Design Award, the Japan Society of Civil Engineers Design Award, the Cityscape Award, the German Braun Prize, the Red Dot Design Award, and the Australian International Design Award.

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    Rupesh Vyas

    Aalto University
    Department of Media Studies

    Rupesh Vyas is a professor of design practice of visual communication design (information design) at Aalto University, Finland. He leads the new information design major at the Department of Media. In addition, he is actively collaborating with various public sector organizations in Finland to innovate novel ways of information design and data visualizations generated using available public data sources.
    Previously Vyas was senior faculty at National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, India, responsible for developing information and interaction design education, among other tasks. Vyas has two decades of experience as an educator, a researcher and a design practitioner. He has contributed significantly to a variety of major projects with national importance in India, including the 2011 census, rollout of the Multipurpose National Identity Card, and national level visual standards for Drivers’ license. He is the World Regional Representative of International Institute of Information Design (IIID) in India.

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    Nobuko Shimuta

    Future Research Institute, Inc.

    Editor/ Project Editor/ Design Producer/ Design Journalist
    After working for Bijutsu Shuppan Sha and Nippon Design Center Inc., she established her firm in 2011. She has been involved in product development, branding, communication strategy of regions and enterprises to create designs that work appropriately for companies, society, and local areas based on "editing things". Since 2017, she has been the managing director of Future Research Institute Co., Ltd.
    Her main publications are "Color Edition: History of Japanese Design" (Co-Author, Bijutsu Shuppan Sha, 2003), "Civic Pride: Designing Communication in the City", "Civic Pride 2: Designing the Interaction between City and Citizens" (Co-Edited by Marketing & Creativity, 2008, 2015), "Editorial Science: Techniques for Connecting Thoughts and Discoveries" (Single Author, Gentosha, 2014), "Civic Economy: How to create a small economy" (Edited, Film Art, Inc.,2016), etc. She is also a part-time lecturer at Tama Art University and other universities.

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    Eisuke Tachikawa


    He is the creative director of NOSIGNER, a design strategist, and a visiting associate professor at Keio University. Creating a beautiful future with design (social implementation of design) and elucidating the mechanism of ideas to increase the number of innovators (structuring of design knowledge) are his goals. In order to achieve his goals, he engages in design activities from the social perspective and realized design projects related to social issues represented by SDGs such as next-generation energy, regional revitalization, succession to generations, traditional industries, and scientific communication in collaboration with companies and the government. As a designer who crosses the fields of product design, graphic design, architecture, space design, and invention, he has won more than 100 international awards, including the Good Design Gold Award (Japan) and the Asian Design Award Grand Prize (Hong Kong). He is advocating "evolutionary thinking" to learn the mechanism of design and invention from the evolution of living things and is continuing activities to evolve society as a design educator who fosters innovators.