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DIY Design Theory: AIGA Think Tank

Everything is Design & Everyone is a Designer | AIGA Think Tank Nashville:

AIGA Think Tank invited Jumping Dog Design collaborators Mark DeYoung and Brad Reagan to put on a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Design Theory project where conference attendees, presumably designers for the most part, were invited to create an artwork and express their opinion on design. The title of the show, Everything is Design & Everyone is a Designer, refers to the fact that we create the future we can imagine. This cultural event was one in a series of DIY Design Theory projects that took place during 2012. The project is a way in which the public, or audience members in the case of AIGA Think Tank, can engage and participate in imagining a design focus that connects with community.

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Creating Contacts with DIY | Breda

Graphic Design Festival Breda: Everyone is a Designer | Breda

Mark John DeYoung, through Jumping Dog Design, was invited to participate in the Graphic Design Festival Breda, The Netherlands. All-comers, designers and non-designers alike, were welcome to create a T-shirt and/or a sign in order to participate in a protest focusing “designers” on participants’ issues of concerns.

The event democratizes the conversation on design, enabling the audience a voice in addition to those scheduled to speak.“We create the future we can imagine. This DIY project is a way in which we can enable attendees to become participants, imagining design that makes connections, encouraging a positive, creative response,” said DeYoung. “Across the world, (citizen) designers are no longer accepting the idea of serving as a mindless mouthpiece for corporate industry and we’re here to underline and emphasize that through the solidarity of the participating design theorists and our fellow citizens.”

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Everyone is a Designer | Helsinki

Helsinki Design Week: DIY Design Theory

Mark John DeYoung, with Jumping Dog Design, was invited to participate in Helsinki Design Week 2012. The Do-it-Yourself (DIY) Design Theory project, Everyone is a Designer, featured an entertaining event where audience members, come participants, made T-shirts themed on design and design theory. Existing as a kind of analog, social media experiment, responses ranged from amusing and fun, to profound and provocative. The event took place in the IDC (International Design Council) designated World Design Capital Helsinki, during the annual Helsinki Design Week.

This event democratizes the conversation on design, complimenting fascinating talks by some of the leading voices in design speaking at Helsinki Design Week. “Everyone is a Designer. Enabling attendees to become participants is a fun way to encourage everyone to creativity and can serve as a catalyst to further dialog, not only on design, but on societal issues that designers, with their unique skill set, can address” said DeYoung.

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Inside Out: Participatory Design

Inside Out: Electron Stichting Breda NL: Participatory Design Installation

Over 300 people participated in this International DIY collaborative cultural event in Breda, The Netherlands. International and national designers/artists, as well as community members created work on-site, over a two-week period, through sustainable processes and using locally acquired reclaimed materials. The “exhibition” was the making of the work. The communal nature of people coming together and making stuff. Folks could come into the exhibtion/workshop and talk to participants and even join in the work. At the end of the exhibition a “Festival of the Arts” celebrated the participants and the work from all levels and all ages, including six classes of elementary kids, adults volunteers, a class of troubled teens as reintegration, folks with disabilities, addiction, and other challenges, along with professional artists and designers.

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