Once upon a time, designers were celebrated as people who dreamt of transforming the world. Today, it seems as if they are regularly blamed for that transformation: for increasing consumerism or for wasteful obsolescence. Once visionaries; today’s designers seems much more cautious.
Even with more access to tools, techniques and materials, designers are happy to restrict their palette for the sake of ethical, social or environmental considerations. Design is seldom discussed in its own terms. Many designers increasingly defend design by doing stuff-other-than-design. In fact, they are more likely to stress design’s moral contribution to myriad issues including responsible consumption, social inclusion and sustainable living.
A panel of four designers will question this, asking if it is legitimate, if designers are simply capturing the cultural ‘zeitgeist’ or if design is in denial?
For tickets and information, visit the Design Museum website.
director of design, Orange France Telecom
associate professor in architecture, XJTLU University, Suzhou, China; director, Future Cities Project; convenor, Bookshop Barnies; founding member of New Narratives
executive creative director, Wolff Olins; designer, London 2012 logo
editor-in-chief, Stuff and www.stuff.tv
typographer/designer and founder of Virus Foundry
digital business consultant and writer; co-author, Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation
|Martyn Perks digital business consultant and writer; co-author, Big Potatoes: the London manifesto for innovation|