The Fourth Industrial Revolution is here. Several professions are entering the history books. Social services in Trelleborg have replaced administrators with AI. The death of the store is a fact. Shop assistants have been replaced by robots that flatly pack up what we click home. Driverless cars are driving around. 3D printers deliver everything from garments to artificial heart valves. Dystopian? On the contrary! It all depends on design.
In order to create sustainable design, knowledge that was previously considered soft (and less valuable) is needed. And right now we see how the importance of different knowledge and skills changes places with each other. Social competence, curiosity and empathy are becoming more important than hard knowledge in mathematics, for example, as the need for numerical expertise decreases due to new technology.
At Beckmans College of Design, we educate for the present and tomorrow. In their work, students investigate, develop and question. Many people work with solutions to various social problems. In the graduation exhibition, we meet attractive waste sorting, a project that has investigated whether the algae extract agar can replace single-use plastics and a program that makes our children conscious environmental citizens. Another project tackles involuntary loneliness. Among the degree projects there are also plenty of personal stories. A family's escape from Kurdistan to Sweden via Iraq is behind a fashion collection's form focus on the stomach and chest – the place in our body where everything feels; From sadness and despair to joy. Of course, it is also recycled. Rejected materials are re-made and turned into new ones. And maybe a project actually delivers a solution to our digital pollution.
Design is simply the future, not to mention education in design. Welcome to the 2019 graduation exhibition!
Karina Ericsson Wärn