Institute Lectures - Next Lecture

Start Date: 
Oct 13, 2016

IHCD Lunch & Learn Lecture

Thursday, October 13th, 12:00PM - 1:30PM
200 Portland Street, Boston, MA 02114

London’s Topografik

Loz Simpson

As part of a wider look at ‘access for all’ interpretation and its importance in addressing cultural exclusion, artist and ‘maker of things’ Loz Simpson will discuss how to make culture accessible to everyone. Via examples such as the introduction of ‘please touch’ exhibits into ‘do not touch’ environments, Loz will examine how to both break down barriers excluding non-sighted visitors and to offer a cathartic and engaging experience for sighted visitors.

Case studies include Altered Images, a ground-breaking exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin, and focus on the analysis of designs, techniques and materials that can be particularly effective in fostering accessible interpretation. An exploration of some of the more unusual possibilities of ‘access for all’ interpretation is followed by a discussion of core design principles and the value of good project management, along with a closer look at the opportunities offered to tactile interpretation by 3D printing.

Finally, Loz will discuss our changing approaches to accessibility, the impact that increased access to culture can have on young people, and what we can all do to tackle some of the 21st century’s most important cultural challenges.


Loz Simpson

Topografik was founded by Loz Simpson in 2000 and offers a wide range of services, including art Interpretation, object sourcing, historical replicas, educational resources, wayfinding, landscape sculpture, architectural interpretation and figurative work.  Clients include the Natural History and Science Museums in London, The Houses of Parliament, the British Museum, Lincoln Castle, Tate Britain, the Tower of London and Kew Palace as well as the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. 

Loz Simpson is a UK sculptor and designer living and working in North London. He has had a fifteen-year association with the RNIB during which time he has designed, developed and consulted on creative, accessible and inclusive projects and installations for many museums, galleries and heritage sites.

Examples of work can be viewed at

A light lunch will be served.

When: Thursday, October 13th, 12:00PM - 1:30PM

Where: Institute for Human Centered Design 200 Portland St Boston Ma

To RSVP contact Woody Shortridge at or call 617-259-1655.

About the Institute Lectures:

The "Lunch and Learn" lectures are at 12:00, provide a boxed lunch and are free. Companies presenting will showcase their innovative products illustrating the human-centered design philosophy.