Sweet Potato Show: Environmental Design Installation
The Sweet Potato Show is an environmental design installation that encourages and enables social interaction. The visually rich, informal walls and furniture focus on the visitor. The installation provides a comfortable environment based on rural Tennessee culture. The Sweet Potato show includes collaborative, community participation, food and music. Tennessee Southern food, Caribbean and Chinese food celebrate our community. All this and even a kids lemonade stand out front brought people through art, food, music and respect.
Informal, visually rich objects based on rural form are the environment for community food, music and talk.
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, created artwork and expressed 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 enables the public, audience members in the case of AIGA Think Tank,to participate in creating a design focus that connects with community.
Inside Out: Electron Stichting Breda NL: Participatory Design Event
Over 300 people participated in this participatory design theory event in Breda, The Netherlands. The collaborative cultural event featured international and national designers/artists, as well as community members creating work on-site using locally acquired reclaimed materials. This participatory design event featured the making of the work as the “exhibit.” The communal nature of people coming together and making stuff creates connection, creates community. Visitors could watch the pieces being created, talk to participants and even join in the work. On the last day of the event, a Festival of the Arts celebrated the participants and the work made. Participants from all levels and all ages, including six classes of elementary kids; adult volunteers;, two class of troubled teens as reintegration; folks with disabilities; folks with addiction and other challenges; the general public; and professional artists and designers.