Exhibiting design processes during Copenhagen Design Week

ACTIONMEN:
Kathrine Rasmussen, Co-founder and Process Designer
Stine Laurberg Hansen, Co-founder and Process Designer
Nanna Frank, Graphic facilitator
Cathrine Frederiksen, Graphic dokumentarist
Ane Price Mørk, Graphic dokumentarist

 

The Client:
Copenhagen Design Week is an initiative from the Danish Ministry of Economic and Business Affairs. Directed by Danish Design Centre, Copenhagen Design Week provides a rich mix of tradeshows, exhibitions, experiences, discussions and networking. The main goal is to show the quality of danish design to both a danish and an international audience.


The Challenge:
Copenhagen Design Week puts sustainable design in the center. Design is not just an object but also the way the object has been created. ACTIONTANK shows by two workshops, how a well designed design process can create innovative and sustainable products, concepts and strategies. Sustainability is more than recycled materials, it also the main purpose with the design. How do we make sure that design also have a sustainable function – both social, economic and environmental?

 

The Result:
A design process is not just for designers. Everyone who is facing challenges such as companies and municipalities can find design solutions during a design process.

By having a “live” design process as a part of the exhibition, visitors get involved and confronted with; How is a design process? Who can participate? What methods can be used? What is a concept?. That way design becomes more present, and the link between problem and solution becomes transparent and understandable.
With help from a team of graphic illustrators the entire process was drawn on boards. And everyday visitors could see yesterdays challenges and results.

How do we make sure that design also have a sustainable function – both social, economic and environmental?
How is a design process? What methods are used? Who can participate? What is the result?
What is the questions we need to ask ourselves - to create products that reflects the future we wish for?