The small or hidden, unrevealed and forgotten have been the priority in this project about how to make a climate issue more relatable to us individually. The acidification of the ocean is one, maybe less known, ecological issue and as for many of the different changes in climate it can be hard to relate to and understand what this really means.
The furniture industry is struggling with how to handle their waste. In Småland, there are several companies producing a large amount of excessive materials that are not being used. In other words, more resources are taken from nature than is needed. This is not sustainable production since it has a negative impact on the environment and does not benefit the furniture industry financially.
Have you ever thought about how much trash a dinner creates or how many waste packages you brought with you from the takeaway place?
#selfie is a project that investigates the side effects of the social media platform Instagram on its younger users. It focuses on how Instagram influences the way that humans interact and live with each other, and how it changes people’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviours.
Doesn’t design already imply change? Yes, through design we give form to new products (and books, campaigns, services, systems and much more). Through these we also shape and change behaviours, attitudes and even worldviews.
Today it is both formally and globally recognised that both ecological and social systems are in a critical state. We also know that human activities – and not least design, and its associated overconsumption – drive unsustainability. With + Change we want to emphasise the very potential of design to affect change and to extend it. + Change comprises different perspectives on change, such as adaptation, evolution and revolution. For us + Change very much includes examining, challenging and changing the norms that shape the everyday life of individuals as well as society at large. To affect change through design can be about initiatives directed at products, systems or worldviews. We can choose to use design to affect change locally, regionally or globally, and with a focus on ecology, economy, human health and equality, or all of them simultaneously. Altogether + Change is about purposefully using design, and its inherent creativity, in order to achieve changes towards futures of sustainability.
+ Change is not only about what we study and why – it is also about how we do it. + Change pedagogy brings design, artistic expression and theory together. We believe we need students and staff groups to genuinely and in an interdisciplinary manner engage with the complexity of sustainability. Therefore, we have chosen to have an international intake on all our programmes and to deliver them in English. Together we make a + Change culture – dynamic, vibrant, creative and critical.
+ Change database
This is our digital platform where you will find selected Works, News and Features coming from the Linnaeus University’s Design Department. It is a tool for us as students, educators and researchers to share, connect and re-connect ideas for + Change. We continuously work to make our + Change knowledge and practices available and searchable.