DESIGNER INSIGHT: DESIGNS OF THE YEAR 2018 _
Identifying broad directions can be difficult with such a diverse palette to choose from, but the exhibition focused primarily on the following trends. Access looking to facilitating the meeting of basic needs (housing, medical aid, dignity) to all communities. Community bringing people together by making the most of ignored and derelict spaces, and the development of mentoring and partnerships with local groups. Future visions broadening our horizons by proffering ideas about how we will exist as societies and how everyday life could look going forward. Biomaterials addressing our need to reduce our reliance of plastic and oil derived products. A new normal looking at recognisable products and ways of life to reinterpret them and spark re-evaluation of their use and our interaction with them.
When it comes to innovative creative thinking, the quality of the output depends entirely on the quality of the input. Seeking out inspiration is one of the easiest and best ways to reengage a creative mind, and it is a core pillar of our design community at D4R to consistently search out new creative stimuli to fuel our work.