Notes: Deyan Sudjic on Sir Terence Conran RIP

  Deyan Sudjic on the late Sir Terence Conran on Last Word, BBC Radio 4, September 18th, 2020 He said that “Unless a designer really knows how to make something, they can’t really say they have finished designing it” He was a war baby, or the age of austerity. First experience at the Festival of […]

Article: dmi:Review ‘Design, Didacticism, and the Dignity of People’, 2019

In this article I argue that there is an orthodoxy in the design profession, which is a product of ‘not knowing what you don’t know’, a tendency to create filter bubbles, and ‘bad faith’ humanism. The design industries embrace diversity in everything except politics; users are at the centre except when their views don’t fit. […]

Review: The (wonderful) World of Charles and Ray Eames

There is a great new show at the Barbican Art Gallery: The World of Charles and Ray Eames opened this week, and runs until 14 February. It is curated by Catherine Ince (@InceCatherine) in collaboration with the still extant Office Charles and Ray Eames (@eamesoffice), which kindly allowed me to use a wonderful Eames’ sketch […]

Chairing: Risk/reward discussion for Clerkenwell Design Week

Risk, reward and the new design commissioners Wednesday, 21 May 2014 at 17:00 3rd floor, Farmiloe Building, St John Street, London Renato Preti, founder of Discipline discusses the current stage of European design commissioning and originality, the route to economic recovery and how risk is an essential component to developing markets and stimulating an industry […]