On Thursday the 23rd of February 2017, the students of the Master Programme of Graphic Design organised the symposium Citizen Designer at the academy in Breda.
Today’s society challenges the role of designers. When information and communication evolves; when people’s involvement with democracy changes; when participation is both inviting and problematic at once; when citizenship needs to be re-affirmed, re-defined and re-tooled. Designers have to be critical thinkers to actively participate in a fast changing society.
The symposium Citizen-Designer highlighted practices, initiatives and research focusing on social developments communicating needs, opinions and processes.
How can designers activate their involvement, responsibility and contextual communication? Is this the age of the Citizen-Designer?
The symposium Citizen-Designer organized by the Master Programme of Graphic Design highlighted the various roles designers can play in order to contribute to critical discourses in present times: How can terms like sustainability, responsibility and critical thinking shift from intent to practice within determined contexts? How can we educate designers to become impactful citizens? What are emerging needs of the field and how could new platforms and processes change the perception of design? How are participatory practices in design paving the way for a more inclusively designed democracy?
Guests: Corline van Es / Alfons Hooikaas / Silvio Lorusso / Ruben Pater / Irina Shapiro / Yuri Veerman
During the symposium and throughout the following week there was also an exhibition in the Atrium: RESOLUTE - design changes by curators Dennis Elbers and Sven Ehmann