While so much of our time is dedicated to finding and highlighting good design, very little discussion is focussed on the designs that sneak into our lives that aren’t very good. As part of the Cannt Festival (www.cannt.org), our popular Design Crimes event returns with an opinionated panel flagging up their examples of designs that commit the most crimes! In the wake of the Diamond Jubilee, the theme is Patriotism.
The event format: Five panelists each choose five examples of Design Crimes; items they feel present a particular crime in performance, function, form or interactive frustration. Each Design Crime event follows a particular theme and this one is Patriotism, which is entirely appropriate while the events of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee are still fresh in our minds.
They say the greatest comedy is observational. As human beings we can often relate to all or part of a story which is simply retold drawing attention to details with which we’ve all had some shared experience. This can be frustration, anguish, annoyance or just plain old anger.
We believe design is the same and we’re surrounded by good and bad examples almost every where we step. The sheer incompetence of another human being/brand’s inability to make something so seemingly simple so utterly badly is beyond our personal comprehension.
Design Crime5 is a platform for us all to share and revel in those frustrations four times a year.
Format An open panel and audience participation debate where invited panelists choose five design items they feel present a particular crime in performance, function, form or just interactive frustration. Each Design Crime5 event will follow a particular theme; for example; Revival.
There are five guest panelists hosted by two co-presenters; Max Fraser and Steve Price. Each panelist will choose and submit their five Design Crime5 prior to the event, which will then be randomly arranged to spice up the presentation.
Each panelist will be given just twenty-five seconds to present their item, after which the discussion will be opened to the rest of the panel to agree/disagree and the audience to participate.
During the evening we will also select five of the best Design Crime5 submitted to us during the event via Twitter/email.
Rants With the skilful guidance and shepherding of our co-presenters the Design Crime5 events will not deliberate or lecture to excess but inspire conjecture and debate. We welcome, indeed insist on audience participation. It’s got to be an open, topical, lively, impassioned discussion.
To avoid simply spending an hour moaning about twenty-five examples of poor design we welcome suggestions on better examples, new materials, interesting innovations. This will be powered by an online and social media presence that encourages further debate and discussion through user comments.