“If you work in software or design in 2016, you also work in politics.” No one works in a vacuum anymore. We live in a world where a few big problems—ranging from mass income disparity to normalized bigotry to unstoppable misinformation—are so multifaceted that no single project can take them on. Like much of the public, many designers ignored these issues for a long time. And in the worst cases, they enabled such behaviors across digital platforms that connect the world in milliseconds, messing things up at a magnitude our forefathers could only have dreamed of. Be more mindful about how your work interrelates to the greatest problems in the world today.
a great little article to wave goodbye to 2016 with… happy christmas all, see you next year again x
i’m really loving this trippy exhibition space created for vlisco textiles, check out the interview with the makers (amongst others michiel schuurman) on grafik
…my collaboration with Vlisco goes back to when I was employed there, so for me it was really easy to grasp what Vlisco is all about. In my first talk with Zara (Atelj, Vlisco creative director) about the exhibition design, I asked whether I could go ‘completely crazy’ with the surface design and she said “yes please”. That is unique, because she knows that ‘crazy’ in my case means patterns that are often optical illusions…not always so friendly to the eye and brain. To have a creative director that wants to push those boundaries is almost unheard of in bigger corporations these days. Most companies want patterns that ‘sell’ and are proven to be a commercial success. Vlisco is at the frontier when it comes to trying out new things, in that respect. I like working for Vlisco because their design process never starts with a visual briefing. It starts with storytelling; Vlisco wants the designers to tell stories with their patterns. That always makes discussing sketches and concepts a delight. It is much more about fantasy and imagination than shapes or pictures…
just completed a quick side-project this week: helping my friend photographer jouk oosterhof put her own idea into shape as a poster for the new film wit is ook een kleur by ‘sunny bergman’ which premiered in holland last night
last night i hosted an interview/round-table discussion with my good friends from fontanel, regarding their ten-year anniversary and how things have changed or evolved during that specific period
we had a great talk about many (mostly) internet/social/design-related topics and managed to make a considerable amount of beer, gin and 12 year-old whisky disappear (as if by magic) in the process, i also made them a special pair of specs (with my 3D pen) to help find the right path in the following ten years…
it was a blast see you soon guys and looking forward to reading the article in the coming weeks here