The event highlights the role and power of design in societies, and this year all the speakers are in one way or the other responding to the current global situation under the theme of New World // New Ways.
The speakers come from various fields of design and the topics will range from graphic design to regenerative architecture. Design that facilitates deep thinking, and rethinking, contributes to well-being, and creates technology that feels natural and design that promotes the radical imagining of future scenarios. Designers as communicators, illustrators of hidden problems such as e-waste, investigative revealers of geopolitical problems, and innovators. Projects that deal with the challenges of the digital economy and social media, the shape of future societies and city-planning. Projects that show the potential of biodesign, promote tolerance and encourage collective critical hope for what happens next.
Curated by Hlín Helga Gudlaugsdóttir for the fifth consecutive year, the day will be moderated by her and Robert Thiemann, founder and director of FRAME Publishers. Iceland’s Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources, Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, will open DesignTalks 2020.
DesignTalks is a signature event of DesignMarch, produced by the Iceland Design Centre with the support of Arion Bank and the City of Reykjavik.
"Culture includes not only culture and arts, but also the way of life and system of values. In this sense culture becomes the major power for intellectual renewal and human perfection." (European Council Report on European Cultural Policy)