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Posted on 01 / 05 / 2013

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DESIGN & PUBLICS

Design_Publics_01My good friend and companion of this design world, Joana Casaca Lemos, a communication designer, sustainable thinker and wandering soul, always recommends interesting events and this time it was about a talk at V&A, called Design Culture Salon, this is occasional discussion event hosted by the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Each event features an invited panel and the panelists provide brief, personal overviews of the respective event’s theme. After their talk, it goes on as an open discussion with audience. The theme of the 5th event of Design Culture Salon that I attended was:

How Does Design Produce New Publics?

There were 6 panels from different backgrounds, Adam Drazin, Lorraine Gamman, Adam Thorpe, Joe Harrington, Noortje Marres and Jana Scholze (You can find more details about this panelists here). Every panel has very interesting and specific overviews based on their experiences and backgrounds on this topic. I like this talk event because it made my head around and think broadly and I could add some of my personal views on this. First of all, I would say Design and Publics are in interrelationship. Then what is ‘Publics’ and how different with ‘The Public’? Publics are groups of people who follow one or more particular issue very closely and the public is the totality of such groupings. Myself as a practical designer, I am in many different groups of people and normally I get request from publics or reliase some issues inside and trying to solve them with my tool, which is design. And this design brings new groups/publics or influences to the other groups/publics. There is no clear answer on this theme and it’s open to discuss forever. Just think about it!

*Image is from Design Culture Salon.

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