Thought leaders discuss design’s role towards a more sustainable future

20 January 2021

What are currently the most significant influences on design? Thought leaders from around the globe, including Herman Botes, Acting Head of the Department of Visual Communication, at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of Arts & Design, will discuss this topic during a webinar on design trends hosted on 21 January.

Herman Botes, Acting Head of the Department of Visual Communication, will represent DEFSA members during a webinar, titled Design Influences. 

According to Botes, who is also the President of the Design Education Forum of Southern Africa (DEFSA), the new-year presents the ideal opportunity to think about the ebbs and tides of the past, and arising opportunities ahead, and, with this, what influences design, past, present, and future.

He says the webinar is an initiative of the Montréal Design Declaration organisation. “Issued at the 2017 Montréal World Design Summit, the declaration advocates the value of design as the application of intent: the process through which we create the material, spatial, visual and experiential environments in a world made ever more malleable by advances in technology and materials, and increasingly vulnerable to the effects of unleashed global development,” he says. 

“The design declaration is also a call to action, recognising that design leadership is a key to the delivery of sustainable solutions and implementation of design methodologies that contribute to a more sustainable future. Through the design declaration, we seek to collaborate with, and embrace the language of governments, businesses, NGOs, and communities throughout the world,” Botes adds.

During the webinar, Botes will be representing the voices of DEFSA members. Botes says the organisation has requested responses from DEFSA members on What are the most significant influences on design (current urgencies, agendas, and trends around the world, impacting the way we make, create, educate, and work with design?

The webinar will be chaired by Regitze Marianne Hess (Professor of Practice -People for Cities from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts – School of Architecture, Design and Conservation), and Alok Nandi, past President of the Interaction Design Association.

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