Here / Hear Now! Socially Engaged Design
This is a call to action. We need the art and design worlds to stop talking big and start doing; to put the problem-solving skills on which we pride ourselves to work on issues both local and global; to design for health, imagination, resilience, poverty, education, and building creative confidence. We will look at projects that reflect design in inherently interdependent social spheres to provoke questions, and to inspire action and reflection.
We need to challenge the design world to turn our focus away from the "product" and to deliver results and impact rather than form and function; to reconsider who our work really affects; to leapfrog our consumer and luxury aesthetics in order to enlist a new generation of design activists who can listen to others and whose practices reflect core social values of empathy, reciprocity, and friendship. We need big hearts, imaginative business sense, and we need courage to strive towards non-normative work that can inspire, challenge, and respond with vision, sensitivity, and surprise.
Professor Nick Tobier explains components and production process of a tricycle mounted water purification unit. The machine was designed and fabricated with help from area students and industry partners. Click the video above to watch the entire presentation.
The first of four speakers in the Design Science Speaker Series, Professor Nick Tobier challenged the audience to take action and to expand their in-person social networks to better solve today's design problems. For more information on upcoming presenations, please visit our informational seminar page.