Design languages began with the industrial revolution as a response to the emergence of machine culture and mass production as it encountered traditional artisan aesthetics. These base languages evolved into a set of aesthetics that are expressed today among various design languages.
a design language can be compared to an iceberg: there is its above-water, visible forms–its aesthetic, and a submerged, imperceptible body–that deeper cultural content upon which the aesthetic is based and only thanks to which that aesthetic can even be perceived as meaningful
The book begins with the origins of aesthetic movements in the 1850s to 1950s and moves on to the articulation of the early languages into threads which exist in contemporary culture. The final section of the book discusses contemporary design culture from the perspective of the threads of environmental sustainability and our daily immersion in digital technology.
DESIGNA 2018 – International Conference on Design Research
November 29-30 . FAL-UBI . Covilhã . Portugal
DESIGN + TERRITORY
DESIGNA celebrates its 7th edition in 2018, choosing to promote the debate and provide visibility to the ongoing research regarding the connection between Design and Territory, as well as its multiple and complex dimensions.
Design not only interacts with Territory, but it can also be one of the latter’s crucial transformation agents, due to the sizable and significant part it plays in the appreciation of local resources and contribution to identify and reveal the history, culture and predicates of communities where several of the products and services it projects are, in fact, generated.
Regardless, Design’s role understandably pivots around the conceptual innovation and renovation of products, production procedures, communication strategies and overall services associated with general goods. Thus, its focus could actually be quite efficient when altering the perception which distinct agents from a certain value chain may nurture about the potential of very diverse territories, particularly through its ability to integrate different scopes of human activity, from agriculture to tourism, craftsmanship to science, gastronomy to the industry.
Contemporary Design and the myriad of knowledge and values it encompasses may easily facilitate the dialogue, as well as integrate and explore multiple dimensions from historically underestimated individuals and communities, both locally and within more cosmopolitan spheres.
Design changes people’s lives, alters routines, shifts expectations, opens markets and, most of all, has the ability to – through the thought and projectual action that defines its practices – connect production’s several dimensions with the ones from distribution and fruition, as much in a local as in a global scale, bestowing them with a cultural purport.
Also, it is in concrete territories that transformation opportunities are created, through the development of actions and projects that are able to answer, from bottom up and in a participated manner, to the complex issues and restraints emerging from the operative social-economical models with an increasingly hegemonic propensity.
Design can undoubtedly contribute to build alternatives there. On the other hand, the duo Design / Territory summons the topics from DESIGNA’s previous editions, particularly the ones concerned with Projectual Hope, un/Sustainability and Identity, although multimedia interfaces and the overall components from desire and lapse can also be easily reflected and detected in it.
Join us for Reconstructing Practice: Toward an Antiracist Art & Design Field
The Antiracist Classroom is a student-led organization at the Art Center College of Design focused on counteracting racism and white supremacy in design education and practice. This July 13 – 14 in Pasadena, CA, we are hosting an inaugural two-day convening, Reconstructing Practice, to convene artists, designers, technologists and educators of color who want to contribute to cultivating an antiracist educational and professional field.
Participants can look forward to two days of:
– Sessions, facilitated discussions, and fellowship with creative
professionals, students and educators of color from all over the United States
– Artwork and installations from local and international artists displayed in
The Windtunnel gallery (https://antiracistclassroom.com/Featured-Artists)
– An evening reception featuring Alaia’s Lab, an installation by Ari Melenciano
featuring DJing, live-beat making, live drawing, and sound interactive visuals
To get your tickets to ignite and sustain a movement toward a more racially
equitable, informed, and carefully-considered creative practice and lifetime
learning environment, register by June 22nd: EVENTBRITE
- How can we construct an antiracist art and design practice?
- How do our curriculum, research practices, and models reinforce or dismantle problematic racial hierarchies?
- How might simply occupying space advance this endeavor?
Join us in July + Submit your Ideas by March 31
- Call for Ideas Details: https://antiracistclassroom.com/Call-for-Ideas
- Submission Link: https://goo.gl/forms/I0ybdeuGnbrU4bre2
- About Reconstructing Practice: https://antiracistclassroom.com/Reconstructing-Practice