The first thing Zuzanna Skalska mentioned as we sat down in her first lecture was: ‘Don’t think you are going to be trendwatchers, because you are not.’ During this assignment we visited a fair, MEDICA, and clustered everything we saw in designing categories. Material, colour, pattern, shape, user interface and details all got their moment in the spotlight with as a result the trends of today.

After discussing existing designs we got introduced to influential designers. The assigner showed us the ‘political’ structure of the design world and that the real innovators are those who dare to take a leap of faith and work for themselves. We got to see and do presentations on famous designers with as a side challenge the exclusion of computers and beamers. Liselot van Dommelen and I presented Karim Rachid. We decided to visualize our story. I told his biography using a large map of the world, symbols and a magnet with a picture of his head on it. With the magnet I tracked his path. For this presentation the class voted us second best in presenting with a creative approach.

As a third close up we looked at styles. She gave us the possibility to expand out vocabulary by describing the designs from a specific company, using a dictionary made by Van Berlo. After defining this style we predicted the logical changes the designs would make in the future.

In the final assignment we had to combine all the new knowledge and design a babybottle inspired by Karim Rachid and two other famous designers: Ross Lovegrove and Dieter Rams. We worked as a group where everyone represented one of those designers. The result of this assignment is .

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