Daijiro Mizuno is a design researcher and an assistant professor in Keio University’s SFC X Design program.
Mizuno studied at the Royal College of Art in London where he earned a Ph.D. in fashion design. His research looks at design in the broad spectrum, from architecture to fashion design in order to explore how visual arts can make positive impacts on the society. Based on the sociological theories of consumption, production, and reproduction in the context of fashion as social phenomena, Mizuno's work attempts to bridge the discrepancy between practice and theory through research.
In addition to teaching, Mizuno is currently involved in diverse design research projects, including Research for Relational Dignity, dedicated to developing new services and products for social inclusion (project director), supported by Pfizer (2010); DesignEast, a design symposium (committee member); FabLab Japan, a fabrication laboratory that uses digital technologies to envision the future of manufacturing; Fashionista, a magazine of fashion criticism based in Japan and debuting in 2012 (co-editor, with Hiroshi Ashida); and Design for the Mundane World, a revisiting of the concept of “Super Normal” with Sosuke Nakabo (project director).