Can design make the world a better place?

With Clive Russell

22 February 2023

St Bride Foundation and Online via Zoom

In-person time (GMT):
Doors/bar: 18:15
Talk starts: 19:00
Talk ends: 20:30
In-person tickets: £8, £10, £12.

Please note: for in-person tickets please ensure you arrive promptly as you will need to be seated before 6:50pm to ensure the live streaming of the online event is not disrupted.

Online time (GMT):
Online tickets: £3, £5

Please note: you will be emailed the Zoom link for the talk at 6pm GMT on the day of the talk.

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In a world brimming with brands devoted to production and consumption and a design industry in service to the brands, how can design make a difference in a world beset with crises?

Using examples from the past and his own collaborations, Clive will show how the past can help reconnect design with its social purpose and why uncertainty is a friend.

The talk will start in the last century, or maybe even earlier, and weave its way through a European design history of bad choices and dissent. It will land in the present with Clive explaining what inspired him to co-found and design for Extinction Rebellion’s Art Group, why culture needs a kick up the arse, and the influence of the late, great, David Graeber and what pathways his work can help us imagine.

Clive Russell is a graphic designer based in Hackney and one half of This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll. Their work inspires change, most famously in the look and feel of Extinction Rebellion and the Brixton Pound. This Ain’t Rock’n’Roll’s work has been exhibited and collected by the V&A, MOMA, British Museum among others.

We would like to thank Google and The Wynkyn de Worde Society Charitable Trust for their generosity in sponsoring this lecture.