BeskrivelseBack in the 1990’s, the graphic designer Bruce Mau proclaimed that “everything is design.” However, when everything is design, nothing is design. This inherently contradictory nature of Mau’s statement enabled it to be read as a provocation as well as a promotion of the design concept. Today the echo from back then sounds hopelessly antiquated: the field has expanded to a state of formless dissolution and it is now commonplace to understand design as if not everything, then something close. The design concept is topical and trendy, it is discussed and used in a great many areas and in manifold ways; when it comes to content as well as scale the concept covers countless subjects, places, objects, and processes. This expansion of the design discipline brings up a series of questions:
What does the concept “design” mean today?
How has the design concept developed in line with its success, and has the professional practice of designers changed with it?
Why is “design” trendy exactly now?
What impact does it have on society at large that complex social processes have become a matter of design? What impact does this have on the design discipline?
What does it tell us about the time we live in that the concept of design is changing?
There is every reason to investigate the concept as it appears in various contexts. This investigation, however, has a special motivation. Centered as it is at The Danish Design School, situated at The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, it brings the relationship between design education, the design discipline and the broader societal horizon in focus. The Danish Design School has changed with the changing design concept as have many design schools the world over. The school’s students are introduced to a variety of ideas about design, between objects and processes, craft and artistic development, practical skills and academic teaching etc. The ideas that the school teaches will determine the professional lives of the students when they become practicing designers and their design practices will in turn change the concept of design.
i redaktion med Maria Mackinney Valentin, Ida Engholm og Charlie Breindahl
|Periode||30 apr. 2015|
|Type af tidsskrift||Tidsskrift|