The world is changing faster than ever–socially, technologically, environmentally, politically, and economically. In the midst of these shifts, designers have the crucial role of thinking about what our future will look like, and how we will interact with it.
We are tasked with redefining what “better” means, and taking a closer look at who is benefiting from design. Here are designers who are nailing what better means for our industry:
- Thor ter Kulve – a Dutch designer who’s work involves re-defining public spaces. He created a ‘push’ device that prevents people from touching public buttons
- Children in Hanzhou, China – invented social distancing hats inspired by headwear worn by emperors and officials from the Song dynasty (960 -1279)
- Paul Cocksedge – a London-based designer who has designed the Here Comes the Sun blanket to allow people to “socialise safely and confidently” outdoors once Covid-19 lockdown restrictions have been lifted.
- Lucy Hughes – a University of Sussex graduate who used fish waste to create MarinaTex, a compostable alternative to single-use plastic that has won her this year’s UK James Dyson Award.