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Barbara Predan

Co-founder and Director, Institute of Design


Barbara Predan received a Bachelor’s degree in industrial design, and then a master’s degree in the theory and development of design at the Department of Design at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design, University of Ljubljana. In 2012, she received her doctoral degree from the Scientific Research Centre of the Slovene Academy of Sciences and Arts and the University of Nova Gorica.

She has published professional and scholarly articles in Design Issues, Design Principles and Practices, ČKZ, 2+3D, Oris, and Piranesi, among others. In 2014, she and Petra Černe Oven were invited to contribute a text to the Gower Handbook of Information Design.

Barbara is a co-founder and leader of the department of design theory at the Pekinpah Association, and, since 2014, the director of the Institute of Design, an academic research organisation. Under the auspices of various institutions and events in Slovenia, Petra and Barbara have hosted over thirty world-renowned experts in the field of design. She regularly lectures at international academic and professional conferences, and, with Petra, leads a number of Slovenian and international workshops in the field of service and information design.