Complexity and criticism

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:

‘Design as open’ is not just something which just broadens the playing field of design. It fundamentally changes the nature of design and thus has a big impact on how we think about design, how designers behave and how design education should look. Design critics have begun starting to worry about a backlash this paradigm shift could have on design: as design spreads itself out further and further, the danger is that it becomes hollowed out as a profession.

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Rhizome as a toolkit for fluid design

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:

Now that I have painted you a picture about  the new-found openness of design and which is reflected in and comes out of the change in how people deal with design in a fluid manner and what place design takes: not a place, but the in-between space,  I like to explore a new perspective of dealing with this new nature of design.

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Openness as paradigm shift in society

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:

Openness as philosophical position to deal with liquid society

John Thackara wrote ‘Openness is more than a commercial and cultural issue, it’s a matter of survival’. His statement indicates that openness is more than some economic model or way in which a culture deals with its surroundings: it is a state of mind which is vital for dealing with current circumstances.

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Design as open

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:

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.

Treehouse

Treehouse

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?

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Creativiteit van een stad zit niet in cultuur maar in social design

‘We are at our best and perhaps at our worst in cities’

Met deze prachtige quote opent een artikel van de Britse onderzoeker Charles Leadbeater dat hij geschreven heeft over de Europese hoofdstad van 2012, Guimarães in Portugal. Hij analyseert hier het concept van gastvrijheid als voorwaarde voor een open stedenontwikkeling, iets wat hij als de toekomst voor stedenbeleid ziet.

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Organen, bonbons en gebouwen – allemaal uit de 3D printer

Van de week werd op de blog van de NRC bericht over een chocoladeprinter, de Choc Creator 3D, waarmee chocoladebrouwseltjes geprint kunnen worden in strakke vormen. Op zich niet heel vernieuwend, zoals de NRC schrijft: ‘Printen in 3D is niet nieuw. Chocolade printen in 3D eigenlijk ook niet. Maar zo’n printertje kopen wel’.

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From rascal to rhizome: the wisdom of the crowd

Crowd, mass, or mob: those were the keywords to the 20th century. Words that have emerged during the industrial revolution and have only become larger and more comprehensive since then. From mass production to mass culture to mass media: the crowd ruled. But not without controversy, in fact, Crowd in it’s relatively brief reign has often been criticized for its tendency to herd behaviour resulting in superficiality without nuances. By the end of the 20th century, Crowd had lost it’s shiny crown.

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