This week marks my first encounter with Dutch Design Week. My first stop was the Design Academy Eindhoven Graduation Show. Three floors, 200 projects, and 171 aspiring designers/positive-change-makers will make it well worth your time and curiosity to show up and find out what they’ve been up to.
As stated in the academy’s show program, “In Graduation Show 2016 all students reveal a profound inclination to utilize design as an act of engagement; they are firmly committed to making a real difference – not to solving all the world’s problems, but to creating meaningful alternatives.”
The designers are present at the show and enthusiastically engage in conversations about their project intentions, creative processes and future aspirations, rendering the event a compelling opportunity for thought-provoking inquiry and conversation about issues that are important to this year’s graduates. Exhibits reflected innovations in research and design concerning a broad and diverse range of topics that traverse time, continents and context; individual, social, and world issues. There is something for everyone (likely a lot of “somethings”), and any genuine observer would find it hard to leave the show without gleaning some inspiration from the students’ infectious authenticity and optimism.
Photos and captions below are of just a few of the change-makers you’ll want to be sure to visit at the show. Olle Lundin (photographed below) and other Master and Bachelor Students talk about their research process in short audio documentaries at www.designresearchpodcast.com.
The show is open every day until October 30th at DAE, located in De Witte Dame building in downtown Eindhoven. Hours are 11.00 – 20.00 Thursday – Saturday; 11.00 – 18.00 Sunday.