A qualitative researcher and semiotician, Marina is interested in contemporary Russian culture’s myths and metaphors, She is completing a PhD on the ethical dimension of the language & semiotics of otherness. Inspired by Plato's dialogues and Beckett's plays, Marina dreams of transforming the focus group into a new genre of sociological theatre. By getting rid of the one-way mirror she aims to kill three birds with one stone, achieving the goals of aesthetic pleasure, consumer knowledge and transparency.
Hyaesook works for Korean design and culture magazine 'Cabinet' as a London coordinator & Editor. She worked for 8 years as a designer at a design museum in Seoul, Korea. Hyaesook is interested in space 'imaging' and 'language’ as a research tool to understand tacit consensus. She is personally looking into the potential of design along with thoughtful design thinking to help create increasingly positive futures. She is also a co-facilitator of the Metadesigners Open Network.
Hyaesook studied on the visionary Design Futures MA at Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Malcolm Evans is
an independent consultant and pioneer in applying semiotics to brand strategy and communication. Malcolm specializes in helping brands communicate more honestly and effectively in the context of today's dramatic changes in values, technologies and behaviours. Author of numerous articles, conference papers and Signifying Nothing, one of the first books to apply semiotic thinking to an understanding of Shakespeare’s work in its cultural contexts.