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Lithuanian International Design Day 2024 in partnership with the International Council of Design's IDD24: is ti kind?
Lithuanian International Design Day 2024 in partnership with the International Council of Design's IDD24: is ti kind?

15.04.2024 ICoD news

The Lithuanian Design Association (LDA) invites guests from outside of the design profession to give their take on building kindness into design practice. On 27 April, in partnership with ICoD for International Design Day 2024, the LDA event brings speakers from the fields of sociology, philosophy, design accessibility and performative design into a conversation around the question: is it kind? 

ICoD asked Members to reflect on this main question: What if designers first asked, is it kind? What if the measure of design was how well it cared for people and their relationships rather than how profitable it was? The International Design Day theme for 2024, is it kind? is about building kindness into design practice.

LDA, ICoD's Lithuanian Professional Member, responded as follows: Design and designs have many ways of interacting with people. On 27 April we invite design organisations, collective initiatives and design communities to ignite a conversation with other fields around the design-provoking question ‘is it kind?’ Instead of designers talking about design, we ask designers to invite guests from outside of the design profession to give their take on building kindness into design practice. We are talking about philosophers, researchers, anthropologists, sociologists, psychologists, biologists (and more!) whose distinct approaches, methodologies and tools might be used directly, or adapted to design processes. 


International Design Day Lithuania developed by LDA is an in-person forum (see below for more details) and conference in Vilnius, Lithuania. The conference, streamed online on The International Council of Design YouTube channel, will take place from 1:00 PM to 3:15 PM EEST.  

Register for the LDA event here. 

Watch the LDA conference on the ICoD YouTube channel.

The conference will be opened by Dominykas Karpovičius, Partner at Research & Design Agency THE CRITICAL, ISM lecturer and unprofessional philosopher, who will give a bird's-eye view of the theme of the conference and how contemporary design intertwines with kindness and humanity. Speaker Dr Dalia Čiupailaitė-Višnevska, researcher and lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Vilnius University, will present how social research can be applied to the design process. The conference will continue with Martynas Vitkus, Swedbank Accessibility Specialist and Social Activist, who has a visual impairment and uses a screen reader app every day that translates visual content into sound. Martynas makes it clear that this situation does not interfere with his life and will explain the importance of accessibility for people with disabilities. Dovilė Gaižauskienė and Saulė Norkutė, representing the Performative Design Association, will close the conference section by presenting two specific cases of performative design that combine sensitivity to context, unique creative methods, community and dialogue.

Dominykas Karpovič
Partner at Research & Design Agency THE CRITICAL, ISM lecturer, unprofessional philosopher

Together we will embark on a journey that expands from the nucleus of this year’s theme, exploring how design intersects with humanity and kindness in today’s world, unraveling its transformative potential for positive social change.

With experience ranging from creating a professional basketball club to leading an award-winning startup, and from overseeing a restaurant business to serving in the diplomatic realm, Dominykas offers diverse insights. His perspective stems from deep contemplation of individual movement and observation of how consciousness moves.

Dr. Dalia Čiupailaitė-Višnevska

Researcher and lecturer at the Department of Sociology at Vilnius University.

Sociology offers a fresh perspective to design by examining the interplay of artefacts, behaviour, values, and social contexts. Studying how people engage with objects and systems, reveals valuable insights that can shape forward-thinking design and enhance the creative process. By utilising social research methods, design practice can be enhanced, resulting in the creation of user-centred experiences and even the advancement of technologies aimed at addressing acute social problems.

Dalia is interested in how people experience and use spaces and places and form connections in their environments. Alongside academic research, she works with architects to create better spaces for people.

Martynas Vitkus

Swedbank Accessibility Specialist, Social Activist

My presentation is about what I know best - myself - and the importance of accessibility in the life of a person with a disability. This includes how I interact with the environment, what tools I use in my daily life, what solutions are helping and what solutions don't.

Martynas is a digital accessibility specialist and probably the most important person in the Accessibility project team at Swedbank. He is completely blind and uses a screen reader every day to convey everything to him through sound. Although he has a disability, he is very clear that it does not interfere with his life. On the contrary, he is looking for ways to adapt. Technology, which he has mastered, is helping him.

Dovilė Gaižauskienė & Saulė Norkutė

Dovilė: Participatory design expert & co-founder of the Performative Design Association

Saulė: Member of the Performative Design Association

When asked about kindness we have chosen to highlight three aspects stemming from our work as performative design practitioners - sensitivity to context, the ways of creation, community, and dialogue. We will use two specific cases from our portfolio to tell a story of how these aspects emerge and intertwine in different stages of working with various communities in their problem site.

Dovilė Gaižauskienė is a participatory design expert, initiator of the performative design direction, and co-founder of the Performative Design Association. Member of Lithuanian Design Council. Together with colleagues Dovilė initiated and implemented various projects focusing on societal challenges. Dovilė is bringing design and co-creation to policy-making and implementation.  

Saulė Norkutė is a member of the Performative Design Association. She operates in the field of performative arts and education. Her practice is heavily based on artistic and site-specific research and dialogue with communities and their members involved in the creative and educational processes.


The conference will be accompanied by a forum/workshop where using the "World Café" approach, designers will engage in a series of parallel moderated discussions on how to understand whether design is kind, what existing systems and approaches help and hinder the creation of kind design, how to incorporate kindness into our practices in a more meaningful way, how to distinguish between design that only just meets ethical standards and design that embodies kindness, and finally, what kind of metrics could be used to show the ‘successes’ of kind design? Answers will be sought, again by inviting not only designers but also members of the wider community, from a wide range of disciplines, to participate in the debate.

The workshop will not be streamed live, but the summarised outcome will be shared through the channels of the Lithuanian Design Association and the International Design Council.

The International Design Day event will take place in Vilnius, at the Martynas Mažvydas National Library of Lithuania, on April 27 from 1 PM to 6 PM (EEST). The event is free and open to all, and it will also be streamed worldwide. 

More information can be found at https://www.dizainodiena.lt/ the Lithanian Design Day official website.


Create events around the theme locally:

We encourage you to create events around this theme. These could be digital events like live interviews, conferences, talks streamed via social media or in-person meetings, discussions, or workshops. Be sure to tag us on social media so we may share your event with our online community.

Post and share on social media:

We encourage you to post about issues relating to the theme on social media (Instagram, Facebook, X (formerly Twitter), LinkedIn), including how you have adapted professionally to build kindness into your design practice.

To help, consider these questions:

  • Is your design kind?
  • Which existing systems prevent kind designing?
  • How could you build kindness more meaningfully into your practice?
  • How would you differentiate design that barely meets ethical standards from design that embodies kindness?
  • What kind of metrics could be used to show the ‘successes’ of kind design?

Post and tag us so that we can see and share your conversations. Posts can include personal experiences or vision, issues in the headlines that highlight the impacts on or of design, design projects that show the potential for design to impact an improvement on everyday life for people and imagined futures.

Please note that the use of the ICoD logo is not permitted without the approval of ICoD.

Here’s how to submit:
— Instagram: tag @internationaldesignday #IDD2024 #isitkind
— Facebook: join the IDD Group and post your stories
— X (formerly Twitter): tag @theicod #IDD2024
*Please note that only posts that follow the IDD2024 theme, is it kind? will be shared.


The Lithuanian Design Association (LDA) is an independent non-profit organization formed by the cooperation of professional design creators. Founded in 1996, LDA advocates for the prestige of the designers' profession, stands for designers' interests in government institutions, promotes designers' creative activities, and coordinates the work of various organizations participating in the design process.

Lithuanian International Design Day 2024 in partnership with the International Council of Design's IDD24: is ti kind?
Lithuanian International Design Day 2024 in partnership with the International Council of Design's IDD24: is ti kind?