Minimalism: A response to modern day problems

How many things do you own?

Is one of the first questions an experimentalist would ask you. For most of us in the Global North, the number is immense. Abundance, however, does not seem to bring us satisfaction. Impelled by constant advertisement and the unspoken pressure of capitalist society we consume perpetually, striving to keep up with trends, fashion and new tech.

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Traditional Artisan Skills: Will they disappear for good?

In today’s virtual world, traditional British crafting methods are in steep decline (Henley, 2014). Skills such as cricket ball making, gold beating (Cohen, 2017), wheelwrights and sieve manufacturing have all but
disappeared (Sawyer, 2017). The reasons for the slow death of the British
artisanal industry are numerous. The question is: what can be done to
reverse this trend?

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Fuelling UK Economy Growth: The Stigma behind Creative Design Careers and Educational Failures

UK creative industries were worth £84.1 billion to the UK economy in 2016 (gov.uk, 2016) with job growth in the sector at 2.6%, higher than the rate for the economy overall (at 1.6%), making it the fastest growing industry (Gov.uk, 2015). Within the sub-categories of this sector, design jobs (fashion, graphic and product design) were the area with the biggest growth, increasing by 22% from 2011 to 2013 (gov.uk, 2015). Therefore, this begs the question as to why there is a stigma against taking creative design degrees at university when the UK economy needs designers.

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Democratisation of Production

Within the last decade, there has been a drastic shift in the world of production, pushing towards a democratisation of knowledge and tools for production and design for manufacture. (Wolf, 2012) This has come about through several innovations, such as Arduino and cloud computing, as well as movements, such as the Rep-rap movement, maker/hackerspaces, and online tutorial repositories.

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