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Why ‘Design for Life’?

September 2, 2009

As we have mentioned before the theme for DesignBoost 2009, which will take place October 14-16 in Malmö Sweden, is ‘Design for Life’. We have tried to briefly describe our vision of the theme in the text below. The idea is, of course, to further develop the idea of ‘Design for Life’ at the event in October. What is your idea of the theme? Please write a comment below and let us know.

Design for Life – DesignBoost 2009, October 14–16.

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BACKGROUND / WHY

DesignBoost 2009 is all about how we design the way we live. How we plan, produce, deliver and consume everything from cities, transportation and infrastructure to food, entertainment, products and brands.

Design is always about humans – about satisfying needs, solving problems and attracting us towards new experiences. This implies that great design often is founded on a social and cultural perspective. Unfortunately design has partly turned into a major source of pollution. Just look at everything modish and the hunt for newness in combination with a general lack of quality and blase design development that too often just seem to focus on magazine coverage. Is it surprising that people are getting tired of design and wonder what it is really all about?

The question is, how can we make design sustainable? How can we make it economically, ecologically and socially justifiable? There is a need for a new holistic viewpoint. We all have a joint responsibility to make a difference. As private individuals, companies and organizations as well as cities, regions and countries.

OBJECTIVES

-To reflect the principle that design is multidisciplinary reaching way beyond the obvious.

-To make everybody question, reach awareness and think in new paths when it comes to creating better lives for lots of people.

-To improve cooperation among companies, institutions and organisations and practitioners of design in its broadest context.

-To provide for better and more culturally connected design solutions.

-To find new ways for creating long time value instead of short term profit.

-To improve diversity, justice and integration.

THEME

Design for Life

KEY WORDS

humanism, responsibility, generosity, change

HOW

To get a holistic view on Design for Life the Sustainable Wheel and its seven spokes are used as a pedagogic resource:

Design for Life is environmental friendly

About the importance of affecting the environment as little as possible.

Design for Life is aestethic

About the importance of to age with grace.

Design for Life is authentic

About the importance of telling credible stories.

Design for Life is innovative

About the importance of developing unique attributes on several levels.

Design for Life is affective

About the importance of being part of the user.

Design for Life is multi quality

About the importance of owning multi-quality capacities.

Design for Life is compatible

About the importance of being part of a bigger coherence.

WHAT

Design for Life will be debated in thirtysix BoostChat (workshops), explained in twenty BoostTalk (lectures) and visualized in one BoostShow (exhibition).

The BoostShow will present different best practice concepts based on the holistic viewpoint of the Sustainable Wheel; Design for Life, Serving the Future, The Spirit of Play, Active Lifestyle, My life – My city, Sustainable Mobility, Building for Better Life.

Design for Life – DesignBoost 2009, October 14–16.
BACKGROUND / WHY
DesignBoost 2009 is all about how we design the way we live. How we plan, produce, deliver and consume everything from cities, transportation and infrastructure to food, entertainment, products and brands.
Design is always about humans – about satisfying needs, solving problems and attracting us towards new experiences. This implies that great design often is founded on a social and cultural perspective. Unfortunately design has partly turned into a major source of pollution. Just look at everything modish and the hunt for newness in combination with a general lack of quality and blase design development that too often just seem to focus on magazine coverage. Is it surprising that people are getting tired of design and wonder what it is really all about?
The question is, how can we make design sustainable? How can we make it economically, ecologically and socially justifiable? There is a need for a new holistic viewpoint. We all have a joint responsibility to make a difference. As private individuals, companies and organizations as well as cities, regions and countries.
OBJECTIVES
-To reflect the principle that design is multidisciplinary reaching way beyond the obvious.
-To make everybody question, reach awareness and think in new paths when it comes to creating better lives for lots of people.
-To improve cooperation among companies, institutions and organisations and practitioners of design in its broadest context.
-To provide for better and more culturally connected design solutions.
-To find new ways for creating long time value instead of short term profit.
-To improve diversity, justice and integration.
THEME
Design for Life
KEY WORDS
humanism, responsibility, generosity, change
HOW
To get a holistic view on Design for Life the Sustainable Wheel and its seven spokes are used as a pedagogic resource:
Design for Life is environmental friendly
About the importance of affecting the environment as little as possible.
Design for Life is aestethic
About the importance of to age with grace.
Design for Life is authentic
About the importance of telling credible stories.
Design for Life is innovative
About the importance of developing unique attributes on several levels.
Design for Life is affective
About the importance of being part of the user.
Design for Life is multi quality
About the importance of owning multi-quality capacities.
Design for Life is compatible
About the importance of being part of a bigger coherence.
WHAT
Design for Life will be debated in thirtysix BoostChat (workshops), explained in twenty BoostTalk (lectures) and visualized in one BoostShow (exhibition).
The BoostShow will present different best practice concepts based on the holistic viewpoint of the Sustainable Wheel; Design for Life, Serving the Future, The Spirit of Play, Active Lifestyle, My life – My city, Sustainable Mobility, Building for Better Life.
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