The designer of the future is a gnome
‘The crisis that has reigned for five years has also shaken designers into life.
Things will never be as they were. And that irrevocably raises a couple of questions.
Why do I do the things I do? What do I have to offer? How can I change things for the better?
Designers are posing those questions more and more often.’
Richard van der Laken, initiator of design event WHAT DESIGN CAN DO
The designer of the future finds him/herself on a crossroad and can only go ahead with a clean slate. Everything is happening now. Yesterday is gone and tomorrow unknown. The designer of the future is there were you are. Travels with you while borders are blurring. Could yesterday’s designer bath himself in luxury and glossy magazines, the designer of the future is invisible hiding behind a mask and a beard.
The designer of the future….
…is awake when everybody sleeps
…restores harmony between people and planet
…disappears before the applause
…goes where he/she is needed most
…gets out of the way to serve well-being
…creates change in the minds of people
…evokes awareness of our infinite possibilities
…asks why and what can I do better
…connects people and things
…loves what he does with empathy
…transforms the negative into positive
…serves all life on earth without discrimination
…shares; we are all one
…cares; we can only become ourselves through each other
…allows people to do what they are good at
…supplies tools to redesign human nature
…gives us hope for the future
…makes us laugh
…is a do-good gnome
Speakers at WDCD 2013 David Kester, Carolyn Steel, Marije Vogelzang, John Bielenberg, Ben Landau, Next Nature, Nicolas Roope, Kiran Sethi, Lidewij Edelkoort, Carlo Antonelli, Rahul Mehrotra, Anthonny Dunn, Mike Kruzeniski, Jop van Bennekom, Gert Jonkers, Bas van Bbael, Dus Architects, Hellicar & Lewis, Pedro Reyes, Crala Frenandez, Alfredo Brillembourg