De­sign and Flow Launches in Le­banon

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Co-founder who is also a de­sign critic, cu­ra­tor, writer and brand­ing con­sul­tant, ex­plains how de­sign can help shape our lives by adding flow into our tran­si­tions. “We see com­mon themes that are man­i­fest­ing on all con­ti­nents in di­verse ways: Whether it is about Syr­ian refugees in Le­banon, Mi­grants from North Africa who have not been well in­te­grated into French cul­ture and so­ci­ety, or Mex­i­can work­ers cross­ing the bor­ders to the United States, we be­lieve de­sign can play a fun­da­men­tal role in open­ing up aware­ness to is­sues, en­cour­ag­ing rel­e­vant con­ver­sa­tions and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions.”

Elab­o­rat­ing fur­ther, Malak said, “The con­text of tran­si­tions is wide, yet we are touch­ing upon sub­jects that are rel­e­vant to­day whether from a lit­eral trans­la­tion (im­mi­gra­tion, travel), sub­tle ex­pres­sion (tran­sience, pas­sage, trans­for­ma­tion), or im­pli­ca­tions on our daily lives (so­cial mo­bil­ity, ac­cess to op­por­tu­ni­ties) and cul­tural iden­tity (na­tion­al­ity, in­te­gra­tion, be­long­ing).”

The top­ics for con­ver­sa­tions to come will in­clude: de­sign­ing for eco­nomic and so­cial mo­bil­ity; the 99 per­cent vs. the one per­cent; de­sign­ing for na­tional and global pe­ri­ods of change; from dic­ta­tor­ship to democ­racy; iden­tity trans­for­ma­tion of mi­grants and refugees; de­sign­ing for life jour­neys and per­sonal pe­ri­ods trans­for­ma­tion; mar­riage, grad­u­a­tion, death, ado­les­cence to adult­hood, gen­der tran­si­tions.

As for the plans set for 2015-2016, they will en­tail a se­ries of four talks; a de­sign com­pe­ti­tion; a trav­el­ing de­sign ex­hi­bi­tion in NYC, Paris and Beirut along with a pub­li­ca­tion ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ex­hibit; pub­lish­ing in Aca­demic jour­nals and de­sign mag­a­zines; sea­sonal de­sign store, un­der the D&F la­bel; join­ing global con­ver­sa­tions and con­fer­ences rel­e­vant to the de­sign world.

D&F is based in New York City and has part­ners from all de­sign back­grounds and cor­ners of the world.

Muhyi Sadek

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