International Design Discourse: Final Summary

To start off, I’d like to say that I loved the diversity of lectures, and also the applicability of the chosen topics. 

Here are short statements to all of the lectures:

  1. Andrey Sudarikov: is a Russian designer who talks about his work. I found it especially exciting to see how other nations work and also to see the differences in the design language.  
  2. Saskia Schmidt: tells her story about how she became self-employed. I find it very interesting to hear about the career of different people, which makes you realize that a lot of things happen by coincidence. What is a recurring important factor is communication and a network that you should build up.
  3. Astrid Kury: talks about how collaborations and interdisciplinary work offer a wider field of view. Also the advantage of working with other experts: this not only brings more ideas but also a lot of knowledge in many different areas.
  4. Florian Doppel-Prix: showed that a great concept is key, and that it is always good to include all aspects of perception. 
  5. Burcin Cem Arabacioglu: this lecture was a little bit hard to watch, but he points out, what can be learned from covid-19 and how the behavior of people could help contribute to a more sustainable planet. 
  6. Sylwia Ulicka: Sylwia has an important message for all designers, that they should not only think about sustainability but also question our society and mentions the approach of discursive design, which I think is a great method to also get other people to reflect and think about the problems of our society.
  7. Ursula Tischner: Talks about designing sustainable systems and points out an important point: which is, people have to accept those systems. It is the duty of a designer to make it the best and most fun option for people. 
  8. Anastasia and Martin Lesjak show how successful an interdisciplinary team can be and what advantages this offers. They inspire with their extraordinary ideas and create comprehensive experiences.
  9. Wolfgang Schlag: talks about radio work, whereas radio is an important form of communication and has always been an important tool for politics. Showing a social aspect, helping other people or society, it connects with design. 

I really enjoyed watching those lectures, they are not only entertaining and inspiring, but also encourage a lot of reflection.