Robert L. Peters

25 June 2002

The danger with dinners…

Brno, Czech Republic

At a recent dinner meeting of the boards of the “three sisters” of design—Icograda (International Council of Graphic Design Associations), IFI (International Federation of Interior Architects/Designers), and ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design), and following a historic two-day joint board meeting to discuss the potential formation of a multi-disciplinary alliance—architect and designer Olle Anderson (president of IFI) drew this insightful napkin sketch… His point was that as designers get older, we engage in ever more “dinners” and less and less professional output. Though I hope this isn’t the case, it seemed to have enough truth to it that I felt obliged to share. (After weeks of volunteer NGO activity away from the studio, it’s easy to begin to question one’s very raison d’être…).


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