SURVEYING THE DESIGN DISCIPLINE

It is striking how much appreciation design currently receives. It is a phenomenon of our time; whether it be in its increased visibility in all kinds of media, the growing number of visitors to Dutch Design Week in Eindhoven, or the trust in the creative industry as a driver of innovation, making it a leading sector of the Dutch economy. Consequently, there are more lectures and debates about and organised by designers, Dezeen – the prominent eye-candy design webzine – was launched and last year published its first critical essay, manifestos are again being formulated, and (Dutch) critics from various schools of thought fundamentally disagree about the sense and nonsense of design: all illustrations of an emancipated and grown-up discipline.