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I practise and advise on diverse human-centred design research, design and creative thinking methods in process, strategy and new products, together with service development.
As an Associate Professor of the Art Academy of Latvia, I lecture on several subjects within the arts and creative industries including design and project management. I also supervise design Bachelor, Master, and Doctoral theses and projects.
I have defined perceived added value of design that measures cultural and personal satisfaction, happiness and well-being as a result of design’s socio-economic impact from the user’s perspective across five generations and four socioeconomic class groups. I advocate design as a method of creating happy and satisfied societies. I have published the book 'Perceived Design Value' where the triple design process and design maturity matrix are proposed to witness design’s added value in a framework of redefined design definition.
I founded an NGO ‘Creative partnership’ in 1997 and continue to be a managing and creative director of the organisation. The organisation is involved in informal art, craft, design, and music subjects, including creative education.
I am the author of the time-line ‘Design footprints’ (‘Dizaina pēdas. Notikumu un dizaina mijiedarbība laika līnīja’, co-author Matiss Zvaigzne), in which design theory development is analysed in the context of economic, political, technological, social, and sustainability facts. I designed and managed the first (and only), continuous education program, ‘Design teacher’, catering for in-service art teachers located in both Latvia and other Baltic Countries.
I am Postdoctoral Research Fellow and
Associate Professor at
Art Academy of Latvia.
of Design socio-economic
impact towards transformation
of knowledge intensive
economy in Latvia
In my postdoctoral research I proposed the development of an identification system capable of measuring design’s socio-economic impact, as well as assessing design’s innovation capacity within knowledge-intensive and innovative economies in Latvia on product, service, and design-management levels. The mantra ‘design adds value’ is followed by the assumption ‘good design always creates good value’, but there were no evidence-based tools or identification systems that substantiated this assumption.
My research served two target groups: first, entrepreneurs as the direct target audience and, secondly, policy planners. The postdoctoral study was a global–local case study that aimed to discuss added value of design by recommending indicators of perceived value that measures cultural and personal satisfaction, happiness and well-being as a result of design’s socio-economic impact from the user’s perspective across five generations and four socioeconomic class groups. Triple design process and design maturity matrix were proposed to witness design’s added value in a framework of redefined design definition.
Postdoctoral research "Identification system of Design socioeconomic impact towards transformation of knowledge intensive economy in Latvia", Nr.126.96.36.199/VIAA/1/16/125, is financed by European Regional Development Fund and Republic of Latvia.