This blog is part of the keynote talk ‘Inside out/outside in: design as open’ I gave at the Spaces of Learning conference, April 18th in Toronto about how the nature of nowadays design has become fundamentally ‘open’ in nature and what impact this has about we deal with design.
This talk is divided in 4 seperate blog posts:
- Part 1 ‘Design as open’
- Part 2 ‘Openness as paradigm shift in society‘
- Part 3 ‘Rhizome as a toolkit for fluid design‘
- Part 4 ‘Complexity and criticism’
Design as open
Design has opened itself up to the world and has let the world in. A quick glance at some leading design conferences and prizes shows how broad the current playing field of design is. At Design in Daba, last february in Capetown, were for example among the speakers The Workers, the creators of four little robots that enabled the public to explore Tate Britain at night, Roy Choi, who spoke as the godfather of the LA’s celebrated gourmet food truck culture which he started with his successful Korean taco truck and Yoni Bloch, an Israëlian rock star, who launched with his band the online platform Threehouse, a fun website where you can makeover classic songs, 21st-century style.
Ok, so we have robots, a chef of a taco truck and and Israëlin rock star as speakers on one of the highest acclaimed design conferences in the world. Design nowadays is obviously not that easily defined anymore. Was this different in the past?