DIY Design Theory Event | Graphic Design Festival Breda | Breda, The Netherlands
The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Design Theory Breda event was held at the Graphic Design Festival Breda. All comers, designer and non-designers alike, were welcomed to create a sign and participate in a protest focusing on “designers” concerns. Across the city different design theory drawing areas enabled participants to give voice to their concerns. The results were then “wild-plakt” on the outdoor, billboard/poster exchange centers in the city center. The event democratized the conversation on design, enabling the audience to exchange their role as passive viewer and to engage. The voices were now in support or in contrast with the chosen speakers featured in the speaker sessions.
The event democratizes the conversation on design, enabling the audience a voice in addition to those scheduled to speak. We create the future we imagine. This DIY participatory project is one way to enable a design that makes connections, encouraging a positive, creative response. The event gave voice to the (citizen) designer no longer accepting of the idea of serving as mindless mouthpiece for authoritative industry. Participating design theorists through the community and dialog built in the creation of the works and the wild-plakt display were able, at least briefly, to find solidarity.