I enjoyed the London Design Festival this weekend. Design informs everything that we make, it’s part of the fabric of society. While I can appreciate good design that’s simply functional or aesthetic (or better, both), I’m really most interested in that which is sociopolitical, raising awareness about a social or political issue, or even better, helping to solve it. There was a good number of pieces fitting that description – my favourites were probably the Institute of Patent Infringement, and the Anatomy of an AI. Also MultiPly and PlasticScene, which were discussing alternative and sustainable material usage. For aesthetics alone I still love the computational art and sculpture, whether it’s the geometric or the organic, but can’t help but want to know what problems it can solve.

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