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.
Publication Design: Siddartha by Hermann Hesse
Illustration, typography and production layout of seminal book by the German author Hermann Hesse. This book along with Steppenwolf (27) and Narcissus and Goldmund (30) formed the basis of his opus that resulted in Hesse’s Nobel Prize for Literature 1946.
The book combines sumi paintings and collage elements. Pressed leaves, sandwiched between two sheets of waxed paper reminds the reader of childhood while referencing Siddartha’s journey to enlightenment. This then can serve as an analogy to the way in which each of us gathers our experiences, remembers them and organizes them to form a life lived.
Graphic Design Festival Breda: Everyone is a Designer | Breda NL
Mark John DeYoung, through Jumping Dog Design, was invited to participate in the Graphic Design Festival Breda, The Netherlands. Designers and non-designers alike created a T-shirt and/or a sign to focus the Graphic Design Festival on 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 attendees have a voice. The public becomes participants making design connect and 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 that. We are here to emphasize solidarity to our participating design theorists and our fellow citizens.”
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.
DIY Design Theory 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, DIY Design Theory event enabled attendees to become participants through fun activities. The event created participant engagement and encouraged everyone to create and further dialog, not only on design, but on societal issues that designers, with their unique skill set, can address.
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.