Lecture: Alice Rawsthorn – Hello World: Where Design Meets Life

Start Date: 23 Oct 2013 - 06:30PM

End Date: 23 Oct 2013 - 07:30PM

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In this talk, celebrated author and design critic, Alice Rawsthorn will present her thoughts on the pervasive power of design and its impact on almost every aspect of our existence. Rawsthorn was profiled recently in Desktop magazine where she intrigued with such insightful comments as: "The process of design existed long before a word was invented to describe it. Whenever human beings sought to change their way of life or their surroundings, starting with barricading a prehistoric cave against predators, they acted as designers, but did so instinctively. ‘Accidental’ designers, like those cave dwellers, have continued to apply design intuitively and unknowingly ever since.

"During the Industrial Revolution, the design process was deployed as a means of producing huge quantities of objects of similar quality at affordable prices.

"As a result, the practice of design was formalised, and we have since thought of design primarily as a commercial tool. I believe that design is now reviving its pre- industrial guise by becoming more fluid and instinctive again, as it is applied to new fields; for example, by addressing social problems and humanitarian crises."

To hear more of her words of wisdom, head over to the RMIT Design Hub and catch this free lecture.

When: Wednesday 23 October 6.30pm

Where: Lecture Theatre, Level 3, RMIT Design Hub, corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Melbourne

Cost: Free

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