I am interested and motivated by the concept of ‘Sustainable Societies’.
The underlying theme of my current work is to explore two questions:
Is it possible to demonstrate that the ability to do more with less, can in itself be a symbol of progress or advancement?
Can we be more open to practices as solutions instead of products?
For a long time, I have been concerned by the role designers play in the fuelling of consumer excess. It hit me hard as a product design student in the late 90’s. I was being trained, not to address social and ethical needs as had been my motivation for study in this area, but to contrive products and features with “wow factors”. The things that can easily be spun into a must have by marketing. The attention-grabbing element of this year’s model: “Forget what you already own, it has no value now, you need this!”
Inspired by the transition design framing, I believe that only through a deep holistic analytical approach to the understanding of problems can we reach the underlying route courses of their manifestations.
Among transition designers there is a focus ‘on the need for ”cosmopolitan localism”, a place-based lifestyle in which solutions to global problems are designed to be appropriate for local social and environmental conditions’ They also advocate for broad stakeholder engagement, the sharing of multi-disciplinary considerations, sensitivity to relationships between elements within systems and the influence of scale. They acknowledge that stakeholders do not all define or understand problems the same way. Importantly, there is no expectation of the perfect solution that fixes something forever: a commitment to monitor interventions to ensure they remain appropriate within evolving contexts is required.
In my practice, I try to combine the philosophy of transition design with practical applicability of service design to create sustainable propositions fit for the real world.
 Terry Irwin, Gideon Kossoff, Cameron Tonkinwise, Peter Scupelli, ‘Transition Design 2015: A New Area of Design Research, Practice and Study that proposes design-led societal transition toward more sustainable futures’.