Design Ethos

The Savannah College of Art and Design has announced that it will launch DESIGN ETHOS, a four-day conference on visual communication and the future of design education, running October 7 – 10, 2010, at various locations throughout SCAD in Savannah, GA.

Design Ethos will bring together an international lineup of design educators and practitioners to discuss the need within the design community for a new ethos that can effectively address matters of global equity, true sustainability, and the downsides to consumerism on an increasingly populated planet.

Design Ethos will be highlighted by a series of panel discussions and break out sessions.  Among those scheduled to participate are:
•       Jonathan Baldwin, Univ. of Dundee, Scotland/author of “Visual Communication: From Theory to Practice”;
•       Rebecca Bedrossian, managing editor, Communication Arts;
•       John Beilenberg, founder of Project M, a program designed to inspire young designers that their work can have a positive effect on the world;
•       Eric Benson, University of Illinois, Champaigne/founder of, an independent online toolkit for sustainable graphic design;
•       Valerie Casey, founder of Designers Accord, a global coalition of designers and educators working together to create positive environmental and social change;
•       William Drenttel, founder, Winterhouse Institute which focuses on non-profit, self-initiated projects that support design education, as well as social and political initiatives.
•       Brian Dougherty, founder of Celery Design Collaborative and a recognized leader in the field of sustainable design;
•       Phil Hamlet, AIGA Center for Sustainability, created to promote the efforts of those who use design thinking to create positive cultural change;
•       Cheryl Heller, principal, Heller Communication Design, known for helping clients embed corporate responsibility into their cultures;
•       Terry Irwin, chair of design at Carnegie Mellon School of Design, whose focus is design in sustainability;
•       John Jennings, professor at University of Illinois/creative director of Eye Trauma Comix, freelance illustrator, artist and activist; frequently lectures on visual literacy, popular culture, and the visual communication found in Hip Hop;
•       Russell Kerr, RMIT University/director of “The Works” Honours Studio/Melbourne, Australia and a founding member of Australian Disruptive, a collective of graphic activists established to cultivate social change through graphic agitation;
•       Joshua Onysko, founder, Pangea Organices, the No. 1 organic-skin-care line in the country, who created the world’s first plantable packaging, as well as recyclable bottles which protect the organic medicinal food ingredients in the products.