Identifying New Designers
BY NATALIE ELHASSAN
Identity is quite simply known as who we are. But what makes us who we are? Does society have a say in our identity? The Design Museum in London through their Residence programme, has assigned ‘identity’ as a theme to designers that have just started their career. These designers will gain both encouragement and support as they share their designs with the world.
This is the sixth year the Design Museum has run this programme; designers will demonstrate their passion for design by conveying identity through an object or experience.
Below are the list of designers each with their own project, research and identity. They focus on what identity is and what shapes our identity.
Adam Nathaniel Furman. Adam will explore identity through globalised mass culture and how it is ever-changing and often quite puzzling. He conveys his conclusions through blogs, objects and film. The latest trend of 3D films can be seen in his recent work on 3D printing. However, keeping up with trends does not mean that Adam loses his passion or identity. Through traditional ceramics, he reflects his love for architectural history, theory and speculative architecture.
Eunhee Jo. Technology has progressed from a luxury to a necessity. Often the need for technology reflects the majority of society rather than our identity. Eunhee aims to develop new surfaces made of fabric or paper that are embedded with none other than, technology. However, she intends to use this technology to create a light and Hi-Fi system that reflect the new found possibilities in turning everyday objects that can have artistic qualities.
Chloe Meineck. Chloe approaches identity from a psychological aspect. She is focusing on developing a Memory Box. This will assist sufferers of dementia and memory loss. After all it is our memories that shape and affect our identities. This is a great tool for people with a confused sense of fading memory and identity. It serves as a reminder for what we were to what we have become.
Thomas Thwaites. The internet began as a confusing little gadget but has now progressed to people thinking more about their identity with the rise of social networks. Thomas examines how the internet could boost consumer knowledge and inform people about their identity and traits. His project will be an interactive webpage that will act as a ‘self help book’ aiding people to reflect or (if they desire) to change their personality and identity.
Their carefully thought out works will be on display at the Design Museum in September.