On Monday 1 October from 7.15 - 8.30pm, in association with the Future Cities Project and as part of the Battle of Ideas festival, the London Design Museum will be hosting a talk questioning if Design in Denial?
"Once upon a time, designers were celebrated as people who dreamt of transforming the world. Today, it seems as if they are regularly blamed for that transformation: for increasing consumerism or for wasteful obsolescence. Once visionaries; today's designers seems much more cautious. Even with more access to tools, techniques and materials, designers are happy to restrict their palette for the sake of ethical, social or environmental considerations. Design is seldom discussed in its own terms. Many designers increasingly defend design by doing stuff-other-than-design. In fact, they are more likely to stress design's moral contribution to myriad issues including responsible consumption, social inclusion and sustainable living."
A panel of designers including Clive Grinyer (Director of Design at Orange France Telecom), Jonathan Barnbrook, Tom Dunmore (Editor of STUFF Magazine ), Patrick Cox of Wolff Olins and Austin Williams (Director, Future Cities Project). Will be asking if designers are simply capturing the cultural 'zeitgeist' or if design is in denial?
Image from JumpHawk.