The growth of design schools seems unstoppable. Designers born after 1980 have a totally different view of visual culture, aesthetic products, creative vision, and history from that of their predecessors. Communication aesthetics are in an ever-temporary state; design has become a dynamic and unstable area.All these developments pose new questions to the status of the designer and the trade. With visual contributions, quotations, and short essays from dozens of international designers, thinkers, critics, and strategists, this book presents a new manifesto for the design ecomy of 2010 and beyond.
Mieke Gerritzen is founder of NL.Design, an Amsterdam-based design company that produces designs for all media. Mieke has taught multimedia design at the Sandberg Institute and the Rietveld Academy. She designed books, catalogues and posters and has been appointed new director of the Graphic Design Museum in Breda as of January 1, 2009. Geert Lovink is a media theorist and activist, Internet critic and author of Dark Fiber and Uncanny Networks. He worked on various media projects in Eastern Europe and India. He is founder and director of the Institute of Network Cultures, professor at Interactive Media (Hogeschool van Amsterdam) and associate professor at the Media & Culture department, University of Amsterdam.