About this Newsletter

Diverge Weekly is a newsletter exploring design in a global context, outside of the familiar western lens on design practice. Great services, purposeful architecture, incredible products, thoughtful interfaces: these are not isolated to a western design practice and education. Rather, they emerge where person-centric and systems-oriented sensibility combine with a practice of making things tangible.

Our goal: provide a gateway for designers to get involved in global design practice by curating jobs, stories, and context with a lens to being critical about where design can play a role. In particular, we hope to identify opportunities where design has NOT traditionally had a seat (defence, global development, diplomacy), and work with our audience to infiltrate and have a design-led impact.

Principles

  • A focus on what Richard Buchanan refers to as the fourth order of design in an international context. That said, we also believe that design at this level only occurs when rooted in craft and practice. As such, we will look for systemic and complexity-busting examples of design in business and political systems, but also the design practice that represents different localities, cultures, and perspectives.
  • This newsletter takes the perspective that we lose the thread on the person centric nature of design if we anthropomorphize systems and political constructs. To that end, we specifically focus on people and collectives within regions, and try not to focus on the action of a nation, but rather emphasize the actions and creations of an administration, a person, or a business.

Who writes this?

Andrew Lovett-Barron is a Canadian/American dual citizen currently living in Denmark. He has worked in design for the past decade at IDEO and the US Digital Service, and has worked with the New America foundation and the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design. He is currently pursuing a masters in international security studies at the University of Leicester, runs Knowsi, and consults on product management and co-design.