RDI Gathering

09Sep08

I just returned from four very special days in Dartington Hall, Devon (Southwest England), participating in the »RDI Summer School«. Organized by the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA), this creative gathering brought together 12 Royal Designers for Industry (RDI) and 30 young designers to exchange & explore together and discuss current design & social issues.

»Royal Designers are responsible for designing, amongst other things, the Millennium Bridge, the iPod, the Rolls-Royce jet engine, the Harry Potter film sets, the Mini-Skirt, the Kenwood Chef and the B of the Bang. A unique chance for 30 young designers to step from the everyday world into a four-day design experience.«

I was one of those 30 lucky young designers and unfortunately have already very quickly re-assimilated to the »everyday world« again. However, having met all these wonderful people and experienced all those inspiring discussions with generally like-minded people of different generations has definitely created a very memorable and mind-altering experience.

Yes, these gatherings can feel a bit like group therapy – but the main realization for me was to feel that even though it can be frustrating sometimes to try and follow creative ideals clashing with economic and political restrictions, there are lots of creative people out there who face the same problems and it left me with a great sense of belief and positivity. So thanks to everyone involved!

More pictures of the event can be viewed on this Flickr site.

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