When I started my bachelor studies in industrial design, I wasn’t sure if more design – and more design products – actually is what we need, because there are so many issues connected with what might be called trash overflow. Though most of the projects I made don’t reflect this state of mind, but they helped me learn to walk the paths of design. Now I’m starting to see big pictures everywhere, and all those old issues start coming up again.
The digital age brought massive changes to the way we live. Globalisation and technical progress have had many effects on most aspects of life. Not all of those can be described as positive in the way of helping the majority. So said majority went to the streets, demanding political change and fair wages.
In 2011, the Arab Spring gained momentum very fast by using twitter and Facebook to quickly organise demonstrations. Later that year, the occupy movement also was successful because many of the participants were digital natives. Also, they had support from anonymous.
But Twitter is not the only possibility offered to demonstrators by technology. There’s also Instructables. And 3D printers. Here are some riottech projects, found in the streettoolbox.
I recently got accepted for the master studies in Transformation Design at the Braunschweig University of Art. So a lot of people have asked me what Transformation Design actually is.
For one, it’s new. There is a Wikipedia article about it, but it hasn’t been translated to any language other than English yet.
So, since it was -and still is – difficult for me to describe in simple terms what’s it about. Therefore, I’m going to present it here, one part after another.
Today, I’ll start with how the idea came up, and from which core elements it started evolving.
“we buy things we don’t need, with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.”
– fight club
The need for things is one of the core elements of human culture, only the amount changes, depending on cultural belonging and level of prosperity as the main factors.
Since the want for stuff is also the driving force of the whole economy, it’s basically a huge lever on the economy. This lever is at all times pulled in various directions by many kinds people. With varying success.
My Name is Arved, and in this blog, I will talk about the use of design for building a better future.
I am a 26 years old industrial designer, 3D-print tinker, SciFi audiobook junkie, and mostly unobtrusive vegan. I was born and still live and work in northern Germany. The concept of environmental-friendly living always struck me as sensible. In the age of 15, I stated that my first car will be an electric-driven one.
I finished my Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Design and am now aiming towards self-employment and master studies. Before and throughout my design studies, there has always been a thought which troubled me.