Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Design Festivals Signal Public Awareness of Design

Design is a fairly new concept. The growth of Design Festivals around the world is a sign that people are starting to recognize what design is and why it is important in our lives and work. One of the biggest design festivals, the London Design Festival (left), is only in its 9th year and this year opens on September 17. On September 26 the first Chinese design festival (right) opens with Beijing Design Week.

There are over a hundred design festivals around the globe. Countries like China, the US, the UK, Japan, and Korea are recognizing that the old economic model of a manufacturing nation is no longer sustainable. The aim of the Beijing Design Festival is to shift the identity of its industry from "Made in China" to "Designed in China". Innovation and design are now as important as price and quality to remain competitive in global markets today.

National Design Week in the US has activities in cities across the country with many of the main events taking place in New York City through the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. Events range from exhibits and lectures to a $1,250 a plate Gala (design for the other 10%) featuring the US National Design Awards.

Click on the heading above to go to the Beijing Design Week site.

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