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Design Professionalism, Innovation, and Being Human
Design has a critical role “to create a world that is environmentally sustainable, economically viable, socially equitable, and culturally diverse”. Each and every design decision, no matter how seemingly mundane, must be considered in terms of these four pillars. Clearly that requires an evolution in design practice and a public recognition of what designers do. Current approaches to design practice have remained anchored in outmoded Victorian economic and cultural concepts.
Designers are complicit in the negative impacts of consumption and urbanization, however designers also certainly have the capacity, and therefore the obligation, to ensure a better future. But to be part of the solution, designers must recognize that they are part of the problem.
About the speaker:
Johnathon Strebly CGD
As an advocate for community driven solutions, director, mentor, and advocate for creativity at the local, national, and international level, Johnathon provides environments where innovative thinking is encouraged. Johnathon has directly influenced organizations navigating the unique challenges of today’s challenging environment by developing, implementing and sharing his experience from curriculum design, advisory committees, governance, policy, advocacy, and programming. Johnathon's current work is focused on his role as Chief of Staff for the Skwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw, Squamish Nation.
As President of the International Council of Design (ICoD), Johnathon brings decades of experience and involvement in the applied arts, encouraging growth and change in creative industries, challenging and contributing to the contemporary fabric of design today, and tomorrow.
He founded the brand strategy and communications agency The Notice Group, is the former Director of Creative Services for HCMA Architecture +Design, Past President of the Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), Past President of GDC BC, and previous GDC National Ethics Chair. He is also a founding committee member, organizer, and co-host of CreativeMornings Vancouver, and a founding board member of the Canadian Typography Archive.