About Global Design

Ongoing transformation

To let you know what to expect and frame the content of this publication, the following will give a short overview about my thoughts about Global Design.

During the last decades the field of Design has transformed from a relativley elitist society to an open, interdisciplinary and participative community where all different disciplines come together and benefit from each others skills and experiences. This shift is the result of the increasing complexity of todays challenges and requirements. Andrew Blauvelt described the evolution of Design in Three Phases and made notes about the changing role of the Designer in his essay Towards Relational Design.

Global Design for me is in the first instance a critical analysis and reflection on the evolution of global economies, organisations, societies & cultures and how changes in these areas might look like in the near future. It is about transforming systems, services and businesses — and also changing humans behaviour.

Therefore it combines a human centric perspective with a holistic view about Economics, Society, Technology, Environment, Politics, Legal and Ethical issues. Global Design requires a thinking from the inside out: Beginning with Why followed by How and What.

Starting with a golden circle and the question “Why?” Simon Sinek — How great leaders inspire action

The following three points are important factors of how I will choose the content for this publications:

1. Think Global Act Local

Even if it is called Global Design it does not mean that everything has to be on a huge scale. It is more about considering global issues while acting on a small scale. Most of todays global innovations have started locally like Airbnb or Lyft. It is also good to know that everything is interlinked: Economics, Society, Technology, Environment, Politics, Legal and Ethical issues are often related to each other.

2. Be Critical

Design needs an attitude. It is important to be open minded but just as important as that is, that you stand for something. This attitude takes time to be formed and hopefully, will also change over time. Therefor its important not stopping to learn and reflect.

3. Doing Beats Saying

What divides Designer from non-designers is, that designers can bridge the gap between saying and doing. Its not about creating something perfect but to create something tangible that helps you and others to understand, learn and take the next step.

In the following weeks I will write about ideas, thoughts, projects and everything I run into. I will try to connect different Ideas and bring things together to frame a clearer picture of Global Design Futures.