Cradle to Cradle Thinking

(Source: Wallace Detroit Guitars, 2016, http://wallacedetroitguitars.com/) Wallace Detroit Guitars is one of the most incredibly beautiful, and yet somehow still topically relevant, examples of design I have come across since starting my studies. As a guitarist who has always been partial to a telecaster there is something about this all natural finish and handcrafted piece of work that … Continue reading Cradle to Cradle Thinking

Design for a Sustainable Future

"The thoughtful designer of the twenty·first century will design with integrity, sensitivity and compassion. He/she will design products/materials/service products that are sustainable, I.e, they serve human needs without depleting natural and manmade resources, without damage to the carrying capacity of ecosystems and without restricting the options available for present and future generations." (Fuad-Luke, 2002, p.15) … Continue reading Design for a Sustainable Future

Going, Going, Gondry – Further exploration of the Auteur

The Auteur theory is one which I have done some research on before - if you are interested in some light reading feel free to immerse yourselves in Pulp Fact-ion: An Exploration of the Auteur Theory (Starring Quentin Tarantino) (Colvin 2016) - which filled me with optimism when I learnt of this task. Furthering my excitement then was the … Continue reading Going, Going, Gondry – Further exploration of the Auteur

Journal Research

For the final assessment task (Assessment 3: Issue Essay), having found myself enthralled by the Defining design as activism (Thorpe 2011) reading decided to explore and explain how recent design projects have utilised design activism to respond to one or more contemporary social problems. Given the broad nature of the topic - and how relatively little exposure I have … Continue reading Journal Research

Design Activism – Make something make something do something

In its simplest form activism can - and quite often does- appear around us daily. Why then is it, by definition at least, so difficult to properly identify? This was the question that Defining Design as Activism (Thorpe 2011) aimed to answer (with regards to design activism at least - which is where we go from here). … Continue reading Design Activism – Make something make something do something

Data Visualisation – How do you see the world?

  Since the dawn of the first human, and throughout recorded history, our race has collected data to quench our insatiable thirst for knowledge. From the Neanderthal cave paintings of the past to the unwritten tweets of the future information from which we can draw knowledge is everywhere. When we consider our existence in this way data visualisation then … Continue reading Data Visualisation – How do you see the world?

First things first – Manifesto or Manifestation?

The First things first manifesto 2000 is, on face value at least, a concise and well thought out piece that aims to re-establish designers as legitimate artists and more than just commercial marketing tools. Beneath the surface of this call to arms for designers everywhere however – or at least those, the undersigned, of the … Continue reading First things first – Manifesto or Manifestation?