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.
In the scenario I create, National Geographic is announcing a year-long series on nonbinary identities, introducing the concept of intersectionality, and showing how oppressions are multi-layered and must be addressed in their full complexity. Life is simplified illustrated as climbing a mountain where people have different starting points, putting privilege and oppression into context.
#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.
Today, ecology-oriented thinking is increasing in people’s minds. However, urbanisation, with its accompanying character of environmental depletion, impacts on society, ecology, and economy. It makes me think about where places in nature are situated in our everyday lives. What is nature in our lives? In our mind now, how do we think about nature?
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.