Start your own group! All DESIGN 21 members have the ability to create organizations.Create A Group
Design without Borders
Community, Environment, Poverty
Environment, Industrial Design
Everything that exists (including us) has a life cycle. It starts at some point and ends somewhere else... Some of us opt for the reincarnation idea and others opt for the six feet under option. This is exactly the same with a products life, landfill or recycled you pick...
In order to understand what makes a person who they are, we need to start at the beginning, by doing this we get a clearing picture of who we really are by understanding where we have come from and what we have been through.
This is the same with products as well. By analysing the entire life of a product we start to get a clearer understating of the aspects of its life that could potentially have an impact on the environment.
From the extraction of materials from the natural environment (everything comes from nature one point) to the processing, manufacturing, transportation, use and end of life - each life cycle stage of a product tells us a story about it and allows us to find ways of reducing the environmental impacts embedded in the product.
This process is known as ‘life cycle assessment’ (LCA) and is becoming increasingly popular as a method for understanding environmental impacts and finding ways of designing them out. The theoretical basis of this is ‘life cycle thinking’ (LCT) which involves looking a things from a holistic perspective.
Life cycle thinking can help designers and consumers to make decisions that ultimately reduce the environmental impacts associated with a produ...
Posted February 04, 2009
Community, Fashion Design
My best finding at the recently visited fashion trade show Premium in Berlin: MADE-BY booth at the Green Fashion area.
This non-profit organisation is working in the direction of sustainable fashion support. They analyse the processes of production and its social and environmental sustainability, collect and unify certification data, consult fashion brands and retailers to help them organise manufacturing with the use of organic cotton, fair trade, etc.
For more info: MADE-BY.nl
Posted February 01, 2009
By Anna Manyuk
Environment, Communication Design
Aside from making things look good in 2D, graphic designers play a vital role in keeping the economic ball rolling by communicating ideas, products, stories and information to the masses. This of course requires a means of delivery, and more often then not this takes the form of printed paper.
Here in lies the dilemma, the forestry, pulping, manufacturing and printing of paper has a huge negative environmental impact. Most trees used for paper production are harvested from ‘virgin’ forests often in ecological valuable, biologically diverse areas (Towards a Sustainable Paper Cycle 1996).
The introduction of computers promised a ‘paperless society’ yet the reality is, the use of paper is ever increasing with Australians using over 4,011,000 tons of paper in 2003, that’s enough to fill semi-trailers lined up from Melbourne to Perth (Clean Up Australia)!
In fact 1/3 of the total amount of paper consumed globally is used as printed paper, mostly attributed to the graphic design and publication industry (Australian Plantation Products and paper industry council 2004-05).
So all you graphic designers out there listen up. Good design is about understanding impacts and limitations and finding solutions that fit within the parameters. In other words, do what you need to do with the least impact – go graphically green.
Designers make decisions that ‘lock-in’ environmental impacts. The size, shape, colour, printing style, and paper stock choices will ultimately det...
Posted January 29, 2009