Q&A with Dr. Mariana Amatullo: “Sustainable design is not a choice but an imperative”

Dr. Mariana Amatullo is a tremendous advocate of the role design plays as a driver of societal innovation— as evidenced by her ongoing work and dedication as a design researcher, practitioner-scholar, strategist, educator, and author. Mariana is an Associate Professor of Strategic Design and Management at The New School at Parsons School of Design. She is the co-founder and former Vice President …

Q&A with Alan AtKisson: “Sustainable design is crucial to nearly every aspect of the SDG vision”

Designers have a special, challenging job, but it’s going to keep them busy for a long time: rethinking virtually everything in the world, and redesigning it for sustainability. As the President and CEO of AtKisson Group, an international sustainability consulting network, Alan lives and breathes sustainable development and transformative change. When he isn’t consulting governments, companies, global NGOs and the United …

Q&A with Kristin Støren Wigum: “Designers need to ask more questions”

If you want to work more sustainably, more ethically, you need to argue for it.  Kristin Støren Wigum is an industrial designer and researcher with a Ph.D. in Product and System Design for Sustainability. She’s also the owner of Gaia Trondheim—a small firm that’s part of a collective of eco-architects called Gaia Architetcs.  In her work, Kristin lets design-thinking mingle …

Q&A with Nils Faarlund, Legendary Eco-philosopher and Master of Friluftsliv

“The inherent value of free nature must be embodied in any design process, accompanied by respect for human rights.” In 1966, Nils Faarlund made the dramatic decision to walk away from his engineering career to become a mountain guide and dedicate himself fully to nature. Today, his contributions are the stuff of legends. A relentless champion of Friluftsliv (literally translated …

3 Sustainability Lessons from Forward-Thinkers in Design

Forward-thinking isn’t just a necessary ingredient in creating positive change, it’s also the name of a powerful meet up hosted by DOGA, Design and Architecture Norway every year that brings designers, industry leaders and sustainability visionaries together for a day of inspiration, forward talking and dialogue around increasing the role of sustainability in design, strategy and customer experiences. According to DOGA, “design …

Q&A with InfoDesignLab: Designing Understanding to Spark Action and Change

  Angela Morelli and Tom Gabriel Johansen are award-winning information designers and the founders of InfoDesignLab—an organization whose goal is to empower professionals, designers, scientists, and journalists to turn complex information into meaningful narratives, beautiful visions, and understandable messages. As friends of the Oslo Manifesto, Angela and Tom were happy to do a Q&A with us. Here we talk about what …

Q&A with David Berman: Inclusive Design, Quantifying Sustainability, and Doing Good

We’re proud to call David Berman a Friend of the Manifesto. With over 30 years of experience working with inclusive design, he strongly believes that we can include everyone, without tradeoffs. David’s work as an author (Do Good Design), expert speaker, and strategist has taken him to over 50 countries. He is a high-level advisor to the United Nations on accessible web design thinking, an International Advisor …

Fashion Industry Innovator Paul Dillinger Shares His Story

Paul Dillinger, head of global product innovation at Levi Strauss & Co is challenging fashion industry standards and helping reimagine a new, sustainable design method and business model. In this video by the Aspen Institute, Dillinger tells his story about challenging industry standards, and his current work rewriting the rules for sustainability and design in fashion and at Levis. You can also learn more about Dillinger’s …

The Ultimate Ted Talk Playlist for Sustainable Design

Looking for inspiration, or maybe even a pep talk? Why not spend an hour or two with this playlist of twelve Ted Talks, all on the theme of Sustainability by Design. From “Are mushrooms the new plastic?” with product designer Eben Bayer, to “We’re covered in germs. Let’s design for that.” with engineer and ecologist Jessica Green—these pioneering talks by designers set on making …