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October 7, 2010

webcast – What’s unfair about the cotton industry and how can we change it?

There is a webcast from <>  Saturday 9 Oct @ 2pm

Debate title:  What’s unfair about the cotton industry and how can we change it?

Through a panel of expert speakers you can explore what’s unfair about the current cotton industry. Taking a look at cotton farming, from the environmental issues involved in its production to the effects of trade distorting subsidies on farming communities. Why more companies have chosen to get involved in Fairtrade and what the journey was like for a Fairtrade cotton pioneer.  Our speakers will take questions from both conference attendees and those watching the discussion live on our website including cotton producer representatives who will be participating online.

Chaired by George Alagiah <>


December 15, 2009

Design workshop held for Copenhagen climate conference

Design workshop held for Copenhagen climate conference | News | Design Week.

“Design network The Quiet Riot is set to host a workshop in collaboration with Your Climate TV during the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen.

The workshop, sponsored by the Danish Foreign Ministry, will take place tomorrow at parallel event Klimaforum, which bills itself as ‘the people’s climate summit’, on the theme of ‘designing sustainability’.

The ideas generated during the workshop will be critiqued by a public audience and a panel of experts including Michael Braungart, co-founder of the eco-focused cradle-to-cradle movement.

Martin Hoenle, founder of The Quiet Riot, says, ‘There’s a lot going on with Green and eco issues, but it’s still not mainstream. The workshop will look at how to capture consumers.’

He adds, ‘A lot of stuff needs complete rethinking. Some things ideally would be started from scratch, but as this is often not possible, there needs to be a radical approach to eco-design.

‘Three-quarters of design projects have been totally decided before the designer is involved, and then it’s too late to bring in eco-friendly influences. The design process might have to change a bit.’

Your Climate TV will stream the two-hour event live, and The Quiet Riot will post extracts on its website after the workshop” participates at the Peoples Climate Summit – the Civil Society’s Conference parallel with the United Nations Climate Change Conference Dec 07 – Dec 18 in Copenhagen.

On the 16th December YourClimate.TV, in collaboration with, will run a workshop with the theme Designing Sustainability in the afternoon. The workshop will be evaluated and critiqued by a public audience as well as Michael Braungart, the founder of the Cradle to Cradle movement in a talk show in the evening.

Sustainable design

Design has to be quiet, he said.

It has to stop shouting.

We are living in a designed world…. products, buildings, transport, cities, landscapes, services, experiences, pretty much everything is designed.

We as consumers are shouting for novelty: more products, services and experiences are needed every day.

To satisfy this demand, our designs are shouting for more resources and energy that we do not have available. We are living on the credit of future generations. We are causing massive pollution.

The climate is changing. The impact will be negative – maybe disastrous.

Can we stop shouting for constant novelty? Can design stop shouting for more energy and resources? Can design be quiet?

Food, materials, energy, industry, people, spaces, communities – celebrates solutions, which are highly energy efficient, use renewable resources and are well designed, aspirational and sustainable. was successfully launched at the Danish Design Centre in Copenhagen on the 21st of January 2009.”

December 11, 2009

Creativity, risk and madness debated at The Edge – Design Week

interesting debate he Edge conference in London yesterday. the report below is from Design Week – please follow the link for more

Creativity, risk and madness debated at The Edge | News | Design Week.

“Designers Erik Spiekermann, Oliviero Toscani and Michael Wolff debated themes of risk and creativity at The Edge conference in London yesterday, while neuroscientist Baroness Susan Greenfield explored the link between madness and creativity.

The inaugural Edge conference, organised by the Design Business Association, took place at Circus Space in London’s East End. The event saw delegates invited to take part in circus-skills classes including trapeze-flying and stilt-walking as part of its risk theme.

During her presentation, Greenfield informed the audience that creativity often occurs in people with impaired or lower cognitive functioning. She cited children, dementia-sufferers, schizophrenics and people on drugs as showing heightened creativity.

During a panel discussion about the nature of success, the typographer Spiekermann and photographer Toscani clashed over the design and the applied arts business. Toscani objected to the use of the word ‘client’ and to implications that designers take risks.

‘We don’t work down mines – we are a bunch of privileged people who decided to be designers,’ said Toscani.

Wolff raised the point that designers can risk ‘other peoples’ money’, while Spiekermann added that he feels responsible for paying his staff’s wages every month.

Said Spiekermann, ‘You occasionally worry that no one will come to your door to offer you work ever again’, to which Toscani replied, ‘If you don’t have enough clients it is because you are not good enough.’

Richard Seymour of Seymour Powell closed the conference, recommending that designers ‘break out’ of presenting with laptops and Powerpoint, and return to drawing and painting.

He said, ‘I presented a large-scale watercolour of a dashboard to Ford and the client asked me what “cool software” I had used to do it. He was amazed and impressed when I told him I had done it by hand. It makes people realise that there is no button marked “design” on a computer keyboard.’

Seymour also recommended that designers ignore research and instead video people using products or services.

He said, ‘At least three quarters of my job is trying to find the truth in a brief. If I can really work out what the problem is, the solution designs itself. Don’t base your design on expensive and poorly executed research – watch the person instead.’

via Creativity, risk and madness debated at The Edge | News | Design Week.

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November 17, 2009

The future of magazines/The Herald Tribune conference

Co-founder of Dazed/Another Magazine Jefferson Hack is speaking at the International Herald Tribune luxury Conference, on the future of magazines.

question have been posted keep an eye on the Herald Tribune’s twitter for answers


October 28, 2009

Drawing Out Loud: Visual Conversations | Blog | design mind

“Ethnography and contextual interviews are standard practice in Design Research these days. We get into the everyday context and situations of people lives so we can understand how to make more meaningful connections to address the realities we are asked to design for by our clients. But interviews, observations, and photographs can fall short depending on the circumstance. We have to take into account that we’re only in this context of people’s lives for a short time.” Follow the link to read more and think on….

via Drawing Out Loud: Visual Conversations | Blog | design mind.

October 28, 2009

But What Does Meaningful Mean? | design mind


But What Does Meaningful Mean? | design mind.

August 18, 2009

To Change and Observe

To Change and Observe.

From the large number of critical comments about the new Design Observer 3.0 website, you’d think that the readers lost an old friend rather than gaining a few more. Design Observer, which began as a blog in 2003 and evolved into a website, is now an online media hub and is clearly changing with the times. One of the most important changes is indeed Change Observer……. read on….

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July 17, 2009

TED: Ideas worth spreading



February 28, 2009

Design and the Depression

Design and the Depression, The Debate: Part One – February 24, 2009 by: Kevin McCullagh – BLUEPRINT Magazine

“The argument that an economic crisis is good for design is far from reality.”……”Is there an upside to the recession?”…… 

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