Friday, 22 August 2008

brazil design week - almost there

just to remember that the time is coming... (from 9 to 14 of september - click on the image above to open the invitation that is being sent by email)

the registration for the lectures and workshops and more information about the event is available at the website of the brazil design week.

i will be taking part of it coordinating the governmental policies forum, which will bring from korea the representative from kidp, tae-wan kim, from spain, eliza sáinz ruiz, ceo from ddi, and, from the united kingdom, michael thomson, president from beda.

soon i will be posting also something about rio+design, an event promoted by the state secretary of development, which will be held at the same time and will involve design schools, commerce and several institutions in the city of rio de janeiro.

Saturday, 2 August 2008

the last leave of the notebook

in most articles and websites mentioned here you will notice that when talking about development, economical and industrial growth, innovation, and in design as a tool to help forster all of that, usually the word used is not design alone, but good design. and good design seems to be lacking in the indiscriminate proliferation of design courses in Brazil, as pointed in the documentary shown above, "a folha que sobrou do caderno" (the last leave of the notebook), produced with great competence by young designers recently emerged from university (- which probably means that there is still hope?).

I might not even agree with some generalization of problems and idealization of solutions shown on some of the testimonies over the 30 minutes of this documentary, but it is, without doubt, a great contribution to the discussion on the proper teaching of design, which is a crucial tool for the achievement of our goal of an extensive and widespread quality.

the movie has it's script and direction shared by alexander czajkowski, mauro alex rego and gabriel costa rodrigues, and was produced by boana estudio. congratulations to a new generation that is born seeing with their own eyes and thinking a lot!

"for a new thinking we do need people that work with their own hands" (bertold brecht, quoted in the movie)

it is in portuguese, but for those of you interested in the challenge, the film has subtitles - also in portuguese!