Kyoto Design Declaration

Kyoto Design Conference, Japan


Above: The signed declaration, available as a PDF on Cumulus here.


Photo: Designophy.

Fresh from the Google feed, the Kyoto Design Declaration signed on March 28, 2008. Follow this link to a brief description on Cumulus. See a longer description here at Designophy.

From Cumulus: “The Kyoto Design Declaration was signed in Kyoto on the 28th of March 2008 by the Executive Board of Cumulus, President Christian Guellerin, Past President Yrjö Sotamaa, Rector Kan Shimamoto, Kyoto Seika University, and Industrial Designer Takuo Hirano from Japan, representing the 124 global members of Cumulus. The Declaration received support ao. from ICSID, BEDA, AIGA and EIDD. By signing the Kyoto Design Declaration, the members of Cumulus committed to sharing global responsibility for building sustainable, human-centred and creative societies.”

From Designophy: “Proposing New Values and New Ways of Thinking: All the people of the world now live in global and interdependent systems for living. We continue to enhance the quality of our lives by creating environments, products and services utilizing design. Design is a means of creating social, cultural, industrial and economic values by merging humanities, science, technology and the arts. It is a human-centered process of innovation that contributes to our development by proposing new values, new ways of thinking, of living, and adapting to change.”

“The Imperative for Designers to Assume New Roles:
A paradigm shift from technology driven development to human centered development is under way. The focus is shifting from materialistic and visible values to those, which are mental, intellectual and, possibly, less material. An era of “cultural productivity” has commenced, where the importance attributed to modes of life, values and symbols may be greater than that attributed to physical products. Design thinking stands steadfastly at the centre of this continuum. Simultaneously, this development highlights the importance of cultural traditions and the need to extend and revitalize them.”

One Response to “Kyoto Design Declaration”

What? Moving from materialism? America may have a difficult time with this since we’ve been materialists since shortly after our foundation, and in some ways materialism IS America…but if that is indeed where we are going we’re in for a far more hopeful future.

Mitchell Lewis added these words on Apr 02 08 at 10:11 AM

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