The decision to go to Dutch Design Week 2016 was very last minute but ultimately I'm glad I went. Not only was I able to explore a great number of different designer's work, create my own interpretations and be inspired by what I saw, I was also able to experience a new culture. The Dutch are very friendly but not overly so where it seems put on, their English is impeccable, whereas my dutch is practically non-existent, they are very hospitable and were, on the whole extremely welcoming.
I particularly enjoyed seeing dutch masters students and speaking to them about their work. I found inspiration not only in their designs, but their presentation and branding, I want to continue to improve my personal branding of myself and make my products recognizable.
It was exciting to see concepts, products and companies that I had researched 'in the flesh' and interact with them. I have found I am a very interactive person, which is odd as I've always considered myself fairly introverted and shy, but it seems I don't want that to be the same with my work. A lot of the exhibitions that caught my eye and became memorable to me were not what I expected and it made me see into a whole new realm of possibilities within myself.
I spoke previously of my list of things I'd planned and the list of things I'd not planned. Naturally, what I had planned was fascinating to me, hence why I wanted to see it, but the list of not planned became longer and branched out of my original design inspirations and has led me to consider a new outlook on how I want to go about my design agenda-led project on contextual design.
I couldn't tell you how I plan to go about my agenda, but at the very least I can say I most definitely want to leave an impact.
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