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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What Design Can Do 2014: Dreaming new worlds

Voor TEDxAmsterdam bezocht ik de internationale designconferentie What Design Can Do en schreef een stuk over hoe social design moet worden uitgedaagd om verder te denken dan de hoop-industrie.
When bright red and yellow take over the town, and especially the Stadsschouwburg, we know what time it is: time for another edition of the inspiring design conference What Design Can Do. Sanne van der Beek was inspired by the talks and provides us with a peek at some of the highlights of the 2014 conference.what_design_can_do Continue reading

What Design Can Do: Designing a vision

TED started out as a conference about the latest developments in Technology, Education and Design. Nowadays, it has a much wider range, as proved by the many personal touching stories at the last TEDxAmsterdam conference. However, we still want to bring you the latest innovations! And what better place to check out new developments in design than at one of the biggest design conferences in the world: What Design Can Do? Today, my 4th and last report in this event take-out series is about designing possible futures.

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What Design Can Do: Dream big, dream better

TED originally started out as a conference about the latest developments for Technology, Education and Design. Nowadays, it has got a much wider range as the many personal touching stories at the last TEDxAmsterdam conference proved. But we still want to bring you the latest innovations! And what better place to check out new developments in design than at one of the biggest design conferences in the world: What Design Can Do? Today, my report is about the biggest and boldest design projects that were presented during the event.

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What Design Can Do: The food system, hungry for design

TED originally started out as a conference about the latest developments for Technology, Education and Design. Nowadays, it has got a much wider range as the many personal touching stories at the last TEDxAmsterdam conference proved. But we still want to bring you the latest innovations! And what better place to check out new developments in design than at one of the biggest design conferences in the world:What Design Can Do? Today, my report is about two designers at What Design Can Do who try to tackle one of the most important social systems: food.

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What Design Can Do: Desiging Human Nature

TED originally started out as a conference about the latest developments for Technology, Education and Design. Nowadays, it has got to a much wider range with multiple as the many personal touching stories at the last TEDxAmsterdam conference proved. But we still want to bring you the latest innovations! We went to check out new developments in design at one of the biggest design conferences in the world:What Design Can Do? Today, we present our first event report in a series of 4!

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What Design Can Do dag 1: Connecties maken met de handen in de poep

Het druilerige grijze weer op de ochtend van de eerste dag van de internationale conferentie What Design Can Do blijkt niet opgewassen tegen het felgeel en rood dat de Stadsschouwburg van Amsterdam tekent, ontmoetingsplaats voor optimistisch designminnend Nederland. Zoals moderator Lucas Verweij stelt in zijn introductie: What Design Can Do klinkt misschien wel als een vraag, maar is zeker ook voorzien van een uitroepteken. Een viering van de potentie van design.

Het thema van deze tweede editie is ‘connection‘. En daarmee wordt niet alleen gedoeld op het bij elkaar brengen van de ‘rijke Nederlandse designcultuur’, in de woorden van organisator Richard van der Laken, maar vooral ook op de rol van designers:

Designers operate from the very heart of society where they constantly connect with clients, the public, consumers, users, colleagues and others. That offers designers ample opportunity to take responsibility for change. Design is more than a nice vase. Design can offer alternatives, can solve problems, can break taboos.’

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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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