My Thesis is about a collection of principles to create, maintain and use a sustainable branch- or organizational- internal communication. It communicated via an online manual with open access. The target group is the decision makers of small- to medium-sized organizations that aim for a sustainable transition. The manual itself does not serve as a front-end design example of a sustainable intranet.
The +Change Festival brings together a community of Change Makers for a digital vernissage and a closing ceremony of graduating students, as they chart agency into the next normal. The digital exhibition showcases graduating student work with a focus on futures for sustainability. The festival also marks a concluding chapter for graduating students in their design education with experience gained learning and living during challenging times.
Digital rebellion is a design project that is meant to educate as well as criticize misogynistic content on the internet, with focus on the social media app TikTok. It engages in conversations surrounding feminism, toxic masculinity, misogyny, and social sustainability for users somewhat familiar with the context but accessible for individuals who might not be.
Can a person from Italy be represented by expressive hand gestures? Can we use a surfboard as a symbol of Australian culture? I decided that in order to avoid stereotyping, I would zoom in on a story between two individuals, so I could look at our cultural differences while still acknowledging our complex identities which include differences in age, location, interests, daily routines etc.
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.
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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.