Design for the Real World

Social Label

18 May 2021

The exhibition ‘Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design’ is about the ideas and work of the visionary designer, critic and activist Victor Papanek (1923-1998). His famous book “Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change” (1971) represents a radical vision of design in which sustainability and social justice are more important than consumption and commerce.

But how are we doing half a century later? Are contemporary designers still (or again) working on these themes? In this series of videos, designers respond to quotes from Victor Papanek to find out whether his ideas are still relevant.

In the second episode you meet Petra and Simone, the duo behind Social Label. With Social Label they work through design with meaning on a new view on work, participation and living together. They create special products together with top designers and people with a distance to the labor market.

How do Petra and Simone relate to the ideas of Victor Papanek?

Thanks to Smart Media Productions for the production of this series.