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Design in the Anthropocene


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Since the very first day of Livework aimed to improve lives. Today, 19 years later, Livework can no longer ignore that we need to consider our planet’s health for that pursuit. One of Livework’s founders, Ben Reason, has taken the company on an explorative journey: Can design take responsibility for the key role it played in the development of our industrial consumer society? And can design play a role in reducing the human impact on the planet? Can we reduce consumption, whilst still growing prosperity? In her talk, Anna van der Togt invites us to embark on the same journey Livework’s founder is taking her and her colleagues. Let's explore the potential qualities of a redesigned design."

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Design in the Anthropocene

  1. 1. 1 London Rotterdam Sao Paulo Livework Studio © 2019 Design in the Anthropocene Anna van der Togt | Livework Mobile UX London Meetup March 2020 London Rotterdam Sao Paulo Livework Studio © 2019 Photo by Tobias Tullius on Unsplash
  2. 2. 2 Design MUXL meetup
  3. 3. 3 Human Centered MUXL meetup Reframing Contextual ExperimentalCo-creative Design
  4. 4. 4 MUXL meetup Human centred
  5. 5. 5 MUXL meetup Co-creative
  6. 6. 6 MUXL meetup Reframing
  7. 7. 7 MUXL meetup Contextual
  8. 8. 8 MUXL meetup Experimental
  9. 9. 9 Anthropocene MUXL meetup
  10. 10. 10 Anthropocene Increased levels of climate-warming CO2 in the atmosphere at the fastest rate for 66m years, with fossil-fuel burning pushing levels from 280 parts per million before the industrial revolution to 400 ppm and rising today. The Guardian August 2016 MUXL meetup
  11. 11. 11 Anthropocene Doubled the nitrogen and phosphorus in our soils in the past century with fertiliser use. This is likely to be the largest impact on the nitrogen cycle in 2.5bn years. The Guardian August 2016 MUXL meetup
  12. 12. 12 Anthropocene Put so much plastic in our waterways and oceans that microplastic particles are now virtually ubiquitous, and plastics will likely leave identifiable fossil records for future generations to discover. The Guardian August 2016 MUXL meetup
  13. 13. 13 Design in the Anthropocene MUXL meetup
  14. 14. 14 Human Centered MUXL meetup Reframing Contextual ExperimentalCo-creative Re-design Design
  15. 15. 15 “The end of the world is the end of the idea that humans are the only people that have a world on this planet.” Humankind, Timothy Morton More than human centred MUXL meetup
  16. 16. 16 “Human beings can choose to remain unaware of their fundamentally co-creative involvement in reality, or they can become mindful and responsible in full awareness of the power of design.” Daniel Christian Wahl Hugely co-creative MUXL meetup
  17. 17. 17 "The idea of a continually growing economy is an anathema to an ecologist" Prosperity Without Growth, Tim Jackson Reframing prosperity MUXL meetup
  18. 18. 18 “Now that is agency… It is what makes humans of nature and also the freak of nature.” Defiant Earth, Clive Hamilton Ecologically Contextual MUXL meetup
  19. 19. 19 “Some things benefit from shocks; they thrive and grow when exposed to volatility, randomness, disorder, and stressors and love adventure, risk, and uncertainty.” Anti-fragile, Nassim Nicholas Taleb Always experimental MUXL meetup
  20. 20. 20 More than Human Centered Reframing prosperity Ecologically Contextual Always Experimental Hugely Co-creative Design will need to be