Photo of Angelika Seeschaaf Veres
aseeschaafveres@faculty.ocadu.ca
Photo of Angelika Seeschaaf Veres
Angelika Seeschaaf-Veres
Chair
Faculty of Design, Graduate Studies
aseeschaafveres@faculty.ocadu.ca

Area(s) of Expertise

Critical & Speculative Design, Design for Health & Wellness, Design with Emerging Technologies, Human Factors, User Centred Design, Strategic Foresight and Innovation

Overview

Angelika Seeschaaf-Veres is an Industrial Designer, researcher and educator and Associate Professor & Chair of Industrial Design at OCAD University. She is in charge of curriculum development, critical and  inclusive approaches in design pedagogy and facilitates cross disciplinary teaching and learning within the university and outside industry partners, non-for-profit organizations and research institution. 

In her over 15-year professional career experience, she uses speculative design as a driver for creating products that explore the intersections of daily routines in relation to the human body and space. She explores how these intersections can manifest in the future by challenging their present notions. Her focus in both her education and research practices involves engaging with underserved communities through using a human centered design process. The products she creates help to unveil personal stories, histories, and traditions, that challenge power structures by giving them shape.

Angelika’s extensive knowledge in mass production processes and materials allow for her ideas to be scaled within larger contexts and engage with a greater number of people. By positioning herself at the junction of human factors and the new emerging technologies influencing both human behaviour and production, she can challenge aesthetics, destigmatize assistive objects and create visions of the future of how we will work and live?

Since 2017 she is co-director of Radical Norms a speculative design research studio in Toronto. The studio explores alternate possibilities for the context in which products, ideas, systems, technology and social behaviours are being formed. Rendering these possibilities tangible through the use of prototyping and visualization methods in order to help organizations gain deeper insights, develop corresponding strategies and investigate avenues that otherwise would go unnoticed.

 

Education

2004 MA in Design Products, Royal College of Art, London, UK

2002 Diplom Designer, UdK Univeristy of the Arts Berlin, Germany

2000 BA (Hons) in Product Design, Ravensbourne College of Design and Communication, UK

1999 Vordiplom in Product Design and Architecture, Universitaet Kassel GhK, Germany

Professional Experience

2017 Co-director of Radical Norms Speculative Research & Development Design Studio, Toronto, Canada

Since 2015 Associate Professor and Program Chair of Industrial Design, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada

2011-2015 Assistant Professor, cross-appointment in Industrial Design & Graphic Design, OCAD University

2009-2011 Hayon Studio, Lead Designer, Product and Furniture Design, London, U.K.

Since 2004 Creative Direcor of eeaa design, product, furniture and retail consultancy based in Toronto, London & Germany.

2003-2004 Mike Smith Studio, Art Architecture Design Fabricators. Lead designer, reserach, developent & project management of contemporary fine art and large scale sculptures for the internationally renown artists. London U.K.

2001-2000 Haworth - Roeder, Product designer, Office furniture, Berlin, Germany.

1999 Foster and Partners, Product Designer, London U.K.

Her company eeaa design does research and development of products, office and retail furniture, retail interiors, and large-scale sculptures for internationally renowned clients such as Nike Europe, Foster and Partners, Herman Miller, Haworth-Roeder, Public Works, Jaime Hayon Studio and British artists Damien Hirst. Angelika has conducted interdisciplinary design workshops for Vitra Boisbuchet (France), Summer Academy (Bremerhaven, Germany), Karlsruhe University of Arts & Design (Germany) and the Aalto University (Finland).

Selected Exhibitions

2019   100% Chair: Designing for Algorithmic Landscapes (Radical Norms). In a near future where humans, robots and smart algorithms live, play, learn and work together, Radical Norms explores design processes that consider Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) as a stakeholder. The work examines how an emerging landscape powered by ubiquitous machine vision can redefine what we as humans perceive to be ‘chair’. Competitive selection process. Design Toronto Festival, 18-27. January 2018, Gravity Pope, 1010 Queen Street West, Toronto, Canada.

2016   Ontario Centre of Excellence (OCE) Discovery Event, Bespoke. Accessible objects for users with arthritis research project, May 9.-10.2016 Toronto, Canada.

2015   Accessible Objects for Users with Arthritis. 3rdYear BA student work generated as outcome of ID Studio 4: Design for Health & Wellness. Age 2.0 Event, OCAD University, Toronto, Canada.

2014 Light it Up, Corner light AKA – "Where did I leave my phone?" Toronto Design Offsite Festival, Toronto Design Week, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

2013 Pretty Shiny Things, Reflect/Respect cycling wear collection, Toronto Design Off-site Festival, Toronto Design Week, Cooper Cole Gallery, Toronto, Canada.

2008 Orgatec. International office & facility fair, launch of Office seating range for Koehl GmbH Cologne, Germany

2004 Park & Products, Magpie Jewellery, Serpentine Gallery, London, U.K.

Selected Publications

2019 Fast Company. See a chair Ci-Designed by Artificial Intelligence. What does the design process look like when A.I. is actively involved?Interview with Radical Norms by Katharine Schwab. Fast Company is the world’s leading progressive business media brand with a unique editorial focus on innovation, technology. Leadership and design. 28. Jan. 2019. Retrieved from Fast Company’s website https://www.fastcompany.com/90297220/see-a-chair-co-designed-by-ai

2019 Creative Applications Network. 100% Chair- Designing for Algorithmic Landscapes. Blog article by Filip Visnjic. Creative Applications.Net reports on innovation and catalogues projects, tools and platforms relevant to the intersection of art, media design and technology. 23. Jan. 2019. Retrieved from https://www.creativeapplications.net/objects/100-chair-designing-for-algorithmic-landscapes/

2018   NRU magazine article Todo Future of Work - From 9-5 to 24/7. Interview with Toronto based speculative Design Practice, Radical Norms. Topic: Future of Work. Toronto, Canada,

2018 PRESENTATION & PROCEEDINGS. Co-author. Angelika Seeschaaf Veres and Dr. Kate Sellen.Presentation & Proceedings: International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Paper entitledCIEL Collaborative Engagement to Reduce Deaths from Opiate Overdose. Diversity & ConformityPeer reviewed. Conference Theme: How can educators tackle the seemingly dualistic relationship between diversity & conformity? Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College, E&PDE 2018, September 7-8 2018. London, U.K.

2018  PRESENTATION & PROCEEDINGS. Co-author. Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Koby Barhad. Presentation & Proceedings: International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education. Paper entitledVisioning through Diversity: OPEN VISIONSAn Open, Digital, Collaborative Research Tool For Design Classrooms, Industry and CitizensPeer reviewed. Conference Theme: How can educators tackle the seemingly dualistic relationship between diversity & conformity? Dyson School of Design Engineering, Imperial College, E&PDE 2018, September 7-8 2018. London, U.K.

2018 PRESENTATION & PROCEEDINGS. Co-author. Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Maya Desai, Nancy Snow. National Conference for the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS 34): Examining Time| Ways in which Past, Present and Future are considered and engaged in beginning design education, NCBDS 34, Paper & presnetation entitled: Creating Space for Diverse Design Culture in First Year Studio. College of Design, Architecture & Planning, University of Cincinnati, March 1-3 2018, USA.

2017 PRESENTATION & PROCEEDINGS. Co-author. Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Maya Desai, Nancy Snow. Learn x Design 4th International Conference for Design Education Researchers,Presentation entitled: Cultural Dimensions in Design Studio Pedagogy: Beginning Design Studio Perspectives. Ravensbourne University London, U.K.  

2017 PRESENTATION & PROCEEDINGS. Co-author. Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Maya Desai, Nancy Snow. National Conference for the Beginning Design Student (NCBDS 33): Begin w/ Why | Ethics and Values in Beginning Design. Presentation entitled: What Precipitates Change in Cultural Diversity Awareness in a Multicultural Design Studio Practice? The University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT USA

2016 EXTENDED ABSTRACT: Angelika Seeschaaf Veres, Kate Sellen, Dr. Norma McIntyre. 2016. Workshop presentation and exhibition: Intersections in DIY Health and Designer roles in co-customization for Health. Session Title: Advances in DIY Health & Wellbeing CHI 2016 Workshop. In CHI '16 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. (CHI EA '16) San Jose, USA. Published by ACM, May 2016.

2016 PAPER: Rickee Charbonneau, Kate Sellen, Angelika Seeschaaf Veres. 2016. Exploring Downloadable Assistive Technologies through the Co-Fabrication of a 3D Printed Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Dog Wheelchair. Session Title: Designing User Experience for Human Diversity: Lessons from Inclusive Design and Personalization. In Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interactions HCI, Toronto HCI 2016 (Canada HCI'16).

Azure magazine, Architectural Digest,  Moco Loco, Mix Interior Magazine UK

 

Professional Affiliations / Boards / Juries

Design Society

Design Research Society DSR Design Pedagogy Special Interest Group (PedSIG)

Board Member Imagination catalyst OCAD U incubator

Juror Herman Miller Toronto Design Offiste Award 2017