Dutch Design Week 2015
Social & Green Design Guide II
17 – 25 October 2015
During Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, Connecting the Dots will be distributing the Social & Green Design Guide, in collaboration with the DOEN Foundation. This guide offers an overview of all activities related to socially and ecologically sustainable design in Eindhoven. The number of projects devoted to social involvement being presented in this Dutch City of Light is remarkable, proving that social design is an important and current theme. With this edition, Connecting the Dots and the DOEN Foundation want to contribute to the description of this new discipline, of which the outlines are becoming more and more well-defined. The guide, which includes a map and route, will be distributed as a full-colour tabloid-size newspaper in a print run of 10,000 copies, and will be available free of charge to every visitor of Dutch Design Week from 17 October.
The special issue does more than show what Dutch Design Week has to offer in terms of social and green design; it offers deepening in the form of various interviews. It includes an extensive interview with Thomas Widdershoven, director of DAE, on social design, without really talking about the term social design. Widdershoven clearly sees the added value of design in which designers disrupt existing systems and offer up alternatives. Solutions that are different but no less important than those of urban planners or politicians; design as the perfect catalyst. This opinion is shared by Nina Tellegen, director of the DOEN Foundation, who explains DOEN’s vision of social design in an interview. In addition to these conversations, the Social & Green Design Guide features an interview with Van Berlo and a dialogue wit Arne Hendriks on the meaning and position of design in our society.
And last, but not least, five video interviews have been produced with various designers who shed some light on this current subject: Nadine Sterk and Lonny van Ryswyck of Atelier NL, Goof van Beek and Laurentius de Ruiter of Collectie Veenhuizen, Dick van Hoff of Social Label, Roland Smit, and DAE graduate Manon van Hoeckel. The videos will be shared online and will appear transcribed in the Social & Green Design Guide.
The special edition of Connecting the Dots is being developed in collaboration with the DOEN Foundation and BNO.