Top: Design Against The Clock, and Established and Sons event where designers work in public. Pictured are printing panels used by Richard Woods in his temporary workshop. Bottom: Future participants who will also Design against the Clock for Established & Sons.
There is a lot of sharing this year at LDF, it feels as though the 'mystery' of design, (and whether the mystery should exist) is being investigated and interrogated: personal agendas and manifestos are laid open for public debate, (Anti-Design Festival), special processes and techniques are shared with any passer-by (Design Against the Clock), and new collections are taken off their gallery pedestals to very public, very everyday environments (The Established and Sons Public House).Sharing techniques and thoughts might feel to some as though designers are simply under-estimating the value or exclusivity of the way they work, laying it bare for all to see and judge (and perhaps copy), but it also allows for a deeper understanding, clarity and appreciation (or not) of work. The conversations and debates sparked by these sorts of 'news' are the thoughts that help shape new ideas and directions, keeping the energy of works, debates and conversations going strong. That has to be a good thing.Â
Pictures of Design Against the Clock and the Public House follow.
Established and Sons' Design Around the Clock Event.
Established and Sons Public House.