Design Industry’s top figures gather for the Design Innovation Forum at INDEX 2016

DUBAI, UAE – 25 May 2016 – INDEX and workspace at INDEX 2016, two of the region’s largest events for interiors and design are now well underway at the Dubai World Trade Centre, with doors open until Thursday 26 May. One of the new additions for this year is the INDEX Design Innovation Forum, a brand new feature created to support the UAE’s vision of remaining a global pioneer in design and creativity.

H.E. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum recently introduced two new initiatives - the Dubai Innovation Hub & Creative Community - to encourage more innovation. In-line with the vision of becoming a world leader in innovation, the Design Innovation Forum took place on Tuesday 24May as part of the INDEX Design Talks.
The Forum provided a platform for the exchange and discussion of ideas amongst the design community, featuring leading designers who shared their thoughts on why innovation plays such a vital role in the future.

Farida Kamber Al Awadhi, President, Association of Professional Interior Designers (APID), opened the Forum followed by a keynote presentation from Matt Judge, Principal, Eight Inc. Visitors to the show enjoyed energetic panel discussions on a range of topics such as ‘Overcoming the Challenge of Continuous Innovation’ where designers discussed topics such as ‘understanding the importance of having an innovation strategy’ and ‘encouraging a culture of trial and error to ensure those with new ideas have the confidence to speak up’.
The second panel of the day looked at ‘Shaping Space for the Human Experience’, in which the panellists discussed their various points of view when it comes to ways of connecting design elements, as well as solutions to contemporary social, economic and cultural determinants and prioritising users’ experiential needs by addressing functional, emotional, behavioural and social concerns in design.

Speaking on the panel, Karim Rashid, Konductor, Karim Rashid Inc. said: “There is an almost universal agreement on what is beautiful and this also applies to design – this is something that all designers should bear in mind. In my experience there is a certain symmetry and aesthetic that tends to appeal to audiences around the world.”

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