Energy: Sustainable and Enjoyable Life
The Japan Design Foundation's biennual design competitions place emphasis on 'working out solutions to today's social challenges' - this years's International Design Competition Osaka 2005 has placed its priority on the commercialization of entered works and ultimately on the creation of new businesses. And the theme is Energy: Sustainable and Enjoyable Life
The energy project takes shape...
Since May RED have been thinking and developing concepts for our next 'pink' project. The pink projects are fast (8-10 weeks) and experimental. The big picture theme for the project was climate change. Working with the London Climate Change Agency and London Energy Partnership we have focussed the story on reducing the contribution of CO2 from the domestic owner-occupier and 'able-to-pay' sector in London. We hosted a design charette with some of the good heads in the industry which highlighted some of the opportunities. Today we have begun to add flesh to the bones and our project is given a bit of life.
Click on the link below to find out what's brewing.
Design and Social Policy Debate
Last Night Aiga London (American Institute of Graphic Arts) held a thoroughly engaging and useful debate, that explored the potential of design and social policy, stimulated by Hilary's wining of Designer of the year and the work of RED and the Design Council. The discussion marked a broadening of scope for the monthly disscussions of Aiga.
Speaking were Ben Rogers of the think tank ippr - who worked with RED on the Touching the State Project (He cited it as being the most enjoyable project he's ever done), Richard Eisermann - director of Design at Design Council and James Woudhuysen, Professor of Forecasting and Innovation, De Montfort University who was happy, as ever, to act protagonist.
Nico Macdonald, chairing the event had set questions for the panel to answer and the audience to discuss:
Do design methods offer a new approach to social policy?
What skills do designer have that are relevant to social policy?
Why design in social policy now? Is it just in vogue?
Who's asking for it, public or politicians or designers?
Does the public want co-design?
The VISUAL POWER SHOW
The VISUAL POWER SHOW
The Power of Creativity
On October 23, 2005, The Visual Power Show, in cooperation with Items, the magazine of design and imagination, presents new insights, images and ideas on the power of creativity.
anOTHER T.SHIRT COMPETITION
It's a NYC-based competition / exhibition / limited-edition sale of "work of art" t-shirts submitted by graphic designers and artists from all over the world, and juried by a select group of professionals who represent the design, fashion, and gallery world. The competition is a reinterpretation of the traditional t-shirt competition. Using a t-shirt as medium / raw-material or a jumping off point, they are looking for submissions which extend the boundaries of what a t-shirt is and what graphic design is and seeking entries that bring us into the world of inventive, playful, unconventional design.
Design & Sustainability Scoping Report
The new UK Sustainable Development Strategy (March 2005) lays emphasis on the importance of eco-design for sustainability to force the pace of improvements in product performance and stimulate real step changes. The Government proposes to bring together expertise through a new Sustainable Design Forum to champion and educate in eco-design, and promote best practice tools and approaches which can be adopted by designers.
RED has been working closely with the DTI, DEFRA, RSA, DBA and Forum for the Future, and has commissioned a Design & Sustainability scoping report which will be presented to the Forum. Yesterday we hosted a working session to discuss the conclusions and recommendations of the report, and in particular to explore the following questions:
How to create demand for sustainable design? and
How to take advantage of the business opportunities from sustainable development?
We'd like to treat the report as an 'open source' document. Please feel free to comment or contribute further ideas.