20 — 25 Sep 2022
Industrial & Product Design, Service Design
The challenges faced by people and planet become ever more urgent and complex, leading to a re-ordered landscape of values and priorities in which we design. ‘Change Making’ considers the work of Pearson Lloyd through the lens of 25 years of social, ecological, and technological change in our increasingly fragile world
The challenges faced by our society and our planet have evolved, becoming ever more urgent and complex, and the solutions we design today are shaped by different values than yesterday. The environments in which we live, work and travel – and the products and systems that define them – are in flux. For 25 years, Pearson Lloyd has created designs that embrace innovations in materials and manufacturing, outlast shifting aesthetic trends, pre-empt changing consumer behaviours, and withstand the test of time. Working strategically with brands, businesses, institutions and public bodies, the studio has developed systems and services that drive behavioural shifts to ensure positive outcomes, as well as products that provide genuine, life-enhancing benefits to their users. Taking in the design landscape of the present, Change Making examines how changing values and priorities to new sustainable models, approaches and metrics of success that position the planet as a co-beneficiary of the making process. Exhibits will also look forward to the years ahead, considering how emerging technologies, new global challenges and further behavioral shifts are likely to change the landscape. What does it mean for an object to be ‘well made’ in a world where the values and stakeholders that define design are changing? How do we predict what those values might be in 25 years’ time? How do we best adapt to navigate the uncertainties ahead? Change Making offers visitors an opportunity to consider how the design landscape has changed over the last 25 years; asks them to think about how and what we’re designing now; and challenges them to imagine how things might change in future.