National Design Week

Did you know that this week is National Design Week?  The 10th in fact.


Did you also know that there is a national design awards program that coincides with this celebration of design?  If not, it’s not too late to check out this year’s winners–just click on the image to go directly to the awards page.

National Design Awards

On Tuesday evening, the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum presented a round table discussion between this year’s award recipients about the state of design today.  As a way of taking notes, I Twittered participants’ comments throughout the lively and far ranging 90+ minute discussion.  Here are some of them–I apologize for not recording who said what, or all of what was said, but they were going way too fast–kind of like most designers’  minds.

Walter Hood, of Hood Design, the landscape design winner was the panel moderator and started the discussion off with the loaded question:

Is Design a luxury or a necessity? Without beauty, what are we? / Design translates intention into effect.

Is Design a global language? Global is limiting, it communicates our times. / Visualization via the computer is making the awareness of design more pervasive /Here, in US design is viewed as a service and marginalized

There was discussion after this specifically about the Japanese appreciation and integration of design into all aspects of their lives.  It was too interesting and I forgot note taking for a bit.  There was also a side discussion on the importance of balancing ego with practicality and necessity, with the telling comment from one of the panelists:  Every morning I look in the mirror and wonder what monster I’m seeing today…

Then the discussion focused on process, the state of design now and the future of design (including teaching).  Here are some less organized but no less thought provoking comments.

Designers have become alienated from spaces and products they are designing bcause they are computer driven. Design is experiential-not a screen / There is a weakening of respect for ‘craft’ / No one has taken the initiative to use available research to proove that design is as important as math and science. /Next great revolution in design is biomimicry /The most exciting thing about design is not knowing where you’re going

3 thoughts on “National Design Week

  1. Sigh..if only someone would host one of these round-tables down here in Williamsburg.

    This discussion was streamed live via Ustream. I watched it that way, not in person. I don’t know if it was recorded for rebroadcast or not

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