reflections on acceleration

May 2020 
Keynote Presentation for the Umeå Institute of Design 2020 Graduation

Pace Layers

After fracturing my shoulder in March at the start of the global pandemic, and feeling compelled to be in dialogue with the George Floyd protests that had begun a week prior, I used Stewart Brand’s Pace Layers as a starting point to critically review the speeds of systems and institutions. I called for us as designers to evaluate how we impose speeds on ourselves and to situate ourselves in the current cultural climate. 

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Watch the talk here.
Find my full presentation as a PDF here.

Works Cited

Stewart Brand, Pace Layering: How Complex Systems Learn and Keep Learning

Thank you to Anja Neidhardt for the invitation.

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