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Design in action

That week was all about design. Whatever I touched, smelled or read everything was designed to be literally in action. Then I thought, do we realize how big influence design has on us?

I’ve been looking forward to take part inGDD this year edition of Gdynia Design Days . It has evolved from a-few-container’s-exhibition into a city-scale-event. Now it includes lectures, workshops, movies and it’s even got its own (I hope a permanent) location at Pomeranian Science and Technology Park.

From the numerous opportunities I chose lectures on networking, co-working and coaching. There was a speech of young&talented illustrator Patrycja Podkoscielny about her designing process. There was also an inspiring workshop on branding led by Bartek Kotowicz from studio engram.

Most of the events were really crowded and you could notice that most of the attendees were students or graduates of the Academies of Fine Arts or various university design faculties. The second biggest audience group were entrepreneurs and free lancers dealing with innovation and arts and the rest of the participants was a melting pot of a variety of professions, jobs and interests starting from construction project managers through children psychiatrists, fashion & garden designers to facility managers. All of them more or less like me, people who heard the call of modern design and the need to meet, to network and to exchange ideas.

Here is just a hint from what you could get inspired at the exhibition. These are just two of the awarded ideas which I liked the most for their simplicity and effectiveness:

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Folding trolley for quick city sales.
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Beach bench/lantern powered by the sea wind

It was an intense week of learning what design means in our life and space around us. I desperately wanted to go out with my friends to enjoy our company and discover few new bars. One of them was the recently opened Wtedy. What a surprise when entered the toilet zone, where I saw a “tile lady” welcoming you subtly but firmly. Trying to unveil the curtain into design thinking world of hmm design thinking? Good, but what about a good two readings example:

2015-07-04 00.28.25 (3)Change by Design by Tim Brown or Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek

So hereby I declare and also call you to think while you do your everyday job and live your everyday life.

Put design into action while you create, while you shape your surrounding matter, space and time.

Suburban nightmare

Last week was a kind of nightmare. My car was broken. Well, it was actually immobilized, which occurred after a thorough mechanical /technical/computer investigation.  What happened in the meantime was a week of hanging around with public transport…

Imagine when I moved to Gdansk six years ago I was so convinced not to buy a car. When I used to live in Wroclaw for almost 13 years I never had a car.  I just didn’t need it. A bus stop in front of my house and a stop in front of my office 35 mins later. That was all I needed for living. But when I lost my third pair of shoes just because of those morning walks to my new office in Gdansk I just gave up and got one, 6 years old Peugeot 406…. Yes, a brave new world opened to me after 3 months of a suburban “imprisonment”. All of a sudden I could easily visit my new friends or go for swimming, movies, shopping, haircut, post office, ATM and all these things without waiting hours for the only bus passing my neighborhood every 30 mins.

But now, without my car a 15-20 mins drive became inevitable 1h journey to school, to health center, to yoga… Well, no, yoga no. I gave up yoga for a moment, as well as haircuts, mall shopping, cinemas, friends etc. Thanks God the walking distance to my office hasn’t changed a yard…

I started to desperately miss again living in the downtown, from where going to work  every day could have been a book or newspaper reading pleasure or just a simple observation of other passengers and pedestrians through the windows. So what if I moved to Wrzeszcz for example?  Would 80% of my red line destinations (for which I always go by car) became green by changing my car to public transportation? I checked it and to most of my places you can get by bus, tram or a train leaving every 10 mins. Have a look at blurred (apologies) draft here:

Transport

 

So why do we keep ourselves in these golden cages of suburbia, where for walking out the dog you need a pair of  boots, torch, a night vision device and all this survival stuff? Now take a family of two children and add as much red lines as you can imagine – these are your never ending pickups to kindergarten, school, swimming pool, friends birthdays, shopping, shopping and shopping.
What a nightmare.