About The Exhibition
The ‘UN Sustainable Development Goals’ is a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “Blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all”. Working both individually and collaboratively, our 2022 graduating class responded to this call for action through design interventions addressing topics such as climate change, decolonization, discrimination, sustainable living and public health. Through exploration of these topics, we found our projects becoming intertwined.
The prefix of “Inter-” is the defining element of several words and titles we have been identifying our processes with. We are Interdisciplinary, and we are also Interconnected, Interactive, Interwoven, and so much more. This new era may be challenging to navigate, but one thing is certain: these new designers are ready to launch their own vision of the world: to reimagine it, and contribute to making it better each in their own unique way.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future.
At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.
They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.
Mental health is a critically impactful aspect of life, which is still on its way to being fully recognised and understood. These projects are an effort to help raise awareness and educate the public on how, and by what, mental health can be impacted, as well as what can be done to take care of your mental health.
Our planet is a finite resource and is by no means invincible. These projects centred around environmental issues approach a variety of ongoing climate and environment concerns, on local and larger scales, to encourage and accelerate the adressment of our impact on the earth.
Health and safety are some of the most basic human needs, but are often not taken as seriously as they demand. These projects are attempting to improve on the current state of health and safety measures, to benefit some of those most at risk.
Inequality is ingrained in countless aspects of our everyday life, and affects a tremendous degree of our population that deserves, at minimum, a stance of societal equality. These projects have been developed in response to the lack of equality in multiple capacities where there is evident work to be done.
The active process of decolonization is work that can be demonstrated through various forms of practice and communication of crucial action and discussion that is being prompted by these projects.
The 31 designers showcased in [inter] are members of the 2022 Studio 6 class in the NSCAD Bachelor of Design program. Graduating this spring or soon after, with a diverse range of expertise and areas of focus, we are excited to share the culmination of our time at NSCAD.
Eloïse Tassy-Bunyan Ngwiri
The projects of the [inter] exhibitors are design interventions addressing topics such as climate change, decolonization, discrimination, sustainable living and public health, motivated by the potential for reimagining and bettering our global future. Working both individually and collaboratively, the graduating class has employed a diverse range of mediums and design methodologies to demonstrate their unique vision and approaches to designing for these critical topics.
NSCAD’s Bachelor of Design, Major in Interdisciplinary Design takes a collaborative, interdisciplinary, and process-oriented approach.
Design is a constantly evolving landscape—particularly in today’s digital world. Designers now require a level of expertise across multiple platforms: print, products, digital, social media, experiential, and more.
Studio 6 is the final interdisciplinary design studio of the BDes, taught by myself and Sonia Chow this semester. It provides students with the opportunity to explore, refine and showcase their NSCAD interdisciplinary skillsets associated with design thinking, knowing and making through a major design degree project that addresses social and environmental issues.
The in-person show at Port Loggia and this online exhibition showcase NSCAD student degree projects from this class and other design work undertaken in both NSCAD classes and personal and professional design work.
Associate Professor, Design, NSCAD University
Instructor, Design, NSCAD University