Alice Rawsthorn and Jonathan Glancey, two of the world's top design critics, address the issue of contemporary British design.
Rawsthorn, the design critic of the International Herald Tribune/The New York Times, argues that British design is not what it used to be, including most importantly public design - as exemplified by the "achingly embarrassing" 2012 Olympics logo.
Glancey is the UK's top architecture critic. In his piece in The Guardian, he reflects on Rawsthorn argument, adds some more examples of design ugliness, but argues that "it's not a lack of homegrown design talent that's the problem, but the way that the economy and our ways of life have changed since London Transport, the Post Office and other public corporations led the way in public design."
Mark Vanderbeeken is a senior partner at Experientia, an international experience design consultancy, based in Turin, Italy. He is also the author of the successful experience design blog Putting People First. Mark is a specialist in visioning, identity development and strategic communications and worked in Italy, Denmark, the USA and Belgium. He was communications manager of Interaction Design Institute Ivrea, European communications coordinator for the World Wide Fund for Nature (or WWF), marketing director of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects (USA) and chief press officer of Antwerp 93, Cultural Capital of Europe (Belgium).