Social Oriented DesignWorkshops
Involving people is S.O.D.’s primary goal. To work together, to find solutions together. To challenge our habits and mindsets. Together we investigate socially related problems, taboos.
2018"The benefit of failure"WorkshopPaTI/South Korea
Our third workshop in Seoul, South Korea. Three days working with students from PaTi (Paju Typography Institute).
Our main goal during this workshops was to clearly state the following message: if you don’t fail you can’t possibly learn. Failure is as necessary as success and should be prioritised in our educational system and in our society. Its values should not be underestimated but lifted up and communicated every day. Trying to reach success at all cost is a mistake that stops us to develop our personal skills, that limitates us. Limitates us to work without even trying to develop and create new solutions to solve old problems.
We should embrace "failure" and understand its value and its benefit.
During the first part of the workshop we asked the students to think about a personal failure, to discuss it with us and the group. Later on each group picked one failure, randomly according to their interest. During the second and the third day they developed and finalised their work.
"I think we probably learned just as much as the students we met, even though they were the ones who actually completed the workshop.
One project was based on a pun, as the word for fire and anger is the same. The message they wanted to convey was that sometimes confrontation is necessary, but that you should be wise about how. The solution was a simile between a fire-extinguisher and confrontation. The message was really thought-provoking because it presented negative feelings as something useful, and I ended up reflecting upon the project even months later
As a design student myself I was really inspired by their apporach to design. I often find that in Norway among other young graphic designers we have a tendency to approach an assignment as students who want to impress others with our clever and trendy design. This is of course a distraction rooted in pride, and can lead to solutions that don’t touch the essence of the problem. It is also quite unsocial, as we can become too self-concious about our work. This was not the case with the students we met. They attacked the problems with a much more direct attitude, searching not primarily for visually impressive expressions, but impactful ways to convey a message. This in itself challenged the very limits of what graphic design could and should be, and led to a great diversity in the projects. Some made a board game with a hidden message, some made candy wrappers and some made an interactive installation where you were doomed to“fail”." Mathilde Lid / S.O.D.
2017"The benefit of failure"WorkshopSeoul Women University/South Korea+PaTI/South Korea
“Most of the time we hear about success stories, rarely the opposite. Is it strange then that failure became such a taboo?”
(I olve Faliures)(I love Fialures)(I love Failrues)(I love Failures)
20172 daysSeoul Women University
During the first two hours of the workshop we asked the students to write down one personal failure on a card. On the back side of the card they were asked to write what benefit came out from this specific failure.
At noon all cards were displayed on the wall. We discussed the potential outcome of all these failures together. By the end of the day each group ended with one failure (and its benefit) to work out further.
The second day the students worked out ideas to visualise the benefits of the failures they were working with.
Process and Outcome
ProcessSeoul Women UniversitySlide show
ProcessSeoul Women UniversityVideos (made by the students)
“Our habits kill our creative process. Change the tools and observe the outcome. ”
To ask typography students to design an alphabet with a golf ball, a car-toy or a plastic cup was an interesting challenge. Failure? Yes please!
Day 1Warming upPaTI
(olve Faliures)(love Fialures)(love Failrues)(love Failures)
Day 2&3Guidance ++PaTI
The second and third days the students worked out ideas based on the typographic workshop we organised the first day. They were asked to find a personal failure and its benefit and to visualise it as well.
Day 4Exhibition/presentation at the Museum of Art(Seoul)PaTI+SWU
We ended the workshops at the Museum of Art (Seoul) where the students from PaTI, SWU and exchange students from the ENSAD (Paris) presented their work.
Final presentationSWU+PaTISlide show
Photo/S.O.D.From left to Right:Emmeline, Yann, Halvor, Sunniva and Fredrik
Video/PaTI's funder:Ahn Sang-soo
2014"Loneliness"WorkshopSt.Petersburg State Polytechnical UniversitySt.Petersburg/Russia
Loneliness is not synonymous with being alone, being with others does not guaranty protection from feelings of loneliness.
The work of John Bowly (1973) on attachment bonds describes the beginning of theoretical conceptualisations of loneliness. Robert S. Weiss (1973) framed a theory of loneliness in which deficiencies in social relationship were applied to contribute to feelings of loneliness. Weiss describes loneliness as “a chronic distress without redeeming features”.
The students were asked to find out how to communicate loneliness and, if possible, to find a solution to solve this specific problem.
Day 1Brief and Q&ASt.Petersburg
Day 2,3,4Guidance, group discussions and designSt.Petersburg
“Working with Russian students in St.Petersburg was a very different yet educative experience for me on a personal level and a big step forward for S.O.D. Collaborating with students there showed us that similar social problems exist all over the world and that Graphic Design is a powerful source which we can use to unite our thoughts and ideas”.
Day 5Presentation and debriefSt.Petersburg
The students presented their work, open plenum, and explained the reasons of their choices and their expectations regarding the outcome of their work. Later on we discussed how the workshop had been set-up, its potential weaknesses and strengths.
Video by Andrei Nikitin and Alena Volkova