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Design Innovation Medal: Daniel Charny

 

The 2019 Design Innovation Medal, supported by SAP, was awarded to Daniel Charny. The Design Innovation Medal celebrates entrepreneurship in all its forms, both locally and internationally. It honours an individual for whom design lies at the core of their development and success.

Daniel Charny is a creative director, curator and educator with an inquiring mind and an entrepreneurial streak. He is co-founder of the creative consultancy From Now On, where clients include Dartington Hall, the Design Museum, Google, Heatherwick Studio, Nesta and U+I. His most recent initiative is the creative education think-and-do-tank FixEd.

Charny is best known as curator of the influential exhibition Power of Making at the V&A, which drove him to found the award-winning learning programme Fixperts, now taught in universities and schools worldwide. Other projects include the Aram Gallery, the British Council’s Maker Library Network and the Central Research Laboratory accelerator.

Charny is active internationally as a speaker and expert advisor, advocating his vision of design, creativity and making as essential tools to unlock a better future. He is Professor of Design at Kingston University.

Daniel Charny said, “Engagement, education and access to design are all critical to assuring the creative responses to a changing world that we all need. I’m proud to represent this idea and delighted to be recognised for it in London, a city of unparalleled creativity.”