Disruptive PanoramaThe Design Disruption Group held another hugely successful disruptive workshop at CUMULUS Dublin ( Conference on 9th November 2013 at the National College of Art and Design (, Dublin, Ireland. The focus of the workshop was “LIES, DAMNED LIES & STATISTICS” where each workshop participant was challenged to create a protest banner of their own choosing.

Mark Twain popularized the saying: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics” in his “Chapters from My Autobiography”, published in the North American Review in 1906. Fast forward over 100 years and today we live in a world, resplendent in statistics, that nobody wants. As the CUMULUS Dublin 2013 conference reminds us, our levels of consumption are excessive, we are in economic meltdown, our educational systems are not fit for purpose, and all of this contributes to a general feeling of unhappiness and poor physical and mental wellbeing.

The workshop task here is to create a series of protest banners that highlight the issues raised in the CUMULUS Dublin 2013 conference call. That is, each workshop participant will be asked to create their own protest banner considering contemporary issues such as our excessive levels of consumption, the economic meltdown we are going through, the moribund educational systems we currently adhere to or the general feeling of unhappiness and poor physical and mental wellbeing.

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About paulrodgersdesign

I am Professor of Design Issues at Northumbria University School of Design. I hold undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in Design from Middlesex University,London, and a PhD in Product Design Assessment from the University of Westminster, London. My research explores the discipline of design and how disruptive design interventions can enact positive change in health and social care and elsewhere.

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