Credit: @simonshim

We knew this would come. If we weren’t able to autonomously make the necessary change to our exponentially damaging behaviour, a greater force would do this for us. You only need to step a meter towards a window, observe the stark empty streets, to feel the fresh reality whip our naive, but guilty, faces. The question is, how has humanity reacted in the face of indefinite uncertainty?

We encounter unconscious biases through every interaction we experience each and every day. They are a part of our universal psyche and have a both positive and, more often, highly negative presence in our inherited and learnt toolset that help us understand the the complexities in the world around us.

Artwork by Jennifer Dettmering and Katja Budinger

The biggest design flaw in human history, one that affects half of the human population, has entered our public discourse. From mobility and car safety, to medical products, technical devices, urban planning, government and politics, women have been disregarded in favour of the male default.

Artwork by Jennifer Dettmering

How can we challenge our design processes to encourage the freedom to explore and express with confidence, and ultimately create original and memorable experiences?

Today we are swimming in a sea of homogeneity — where the speed to market is valued over beauty in the detail. But where does this leave us as we compete in a world of sameness? Do the people we serve, in the products and services we create, feel considered and cared for in our expression of ideas? And can innovation really happen, when creativity is stifled and de-prioritised in an effort to streamline and iterate fast?

The edges of physical and digital experiences are blurring. And so should the way we design.

Illustration by Kris Sauerbrey

Sustainability is high on the agenda of global governments, and in response to the climate crisis, individuals are self-educating to guide choices in what they buy, how they move, and what they consume. But this evolution in thinking is yet to reach the workplace.

Illustration by Kris Sauerbrey

Abi Golestanian

A visual designer, thinker and dreamer, currently residing in Berlin and working at the Design and Innovation Consultancy FJORD

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