Design pervades our everyday lives, determines our relationship to the things that surround us, and shapes our work and social interaction. Design encompasses architecture and art, but also engages with technological developments and management. Design concerns all of us because we all design our everyday lives, environments, and lifestyles.
Design is more than producing an object. Design always has a context: the society for which the object was created, the people who use it, the debates conducted over its form and function. Design can drive social change. Accordingly, many designers thus see themselves as having political responsibility. They are involved in the sustainability debate, are concerned about resources, and question how we can coexist on this planet. This expanded definition of design lies at the heart of the Design Display exhibition series—curated by the Autostadt GmbH and Friedrich von Borries.