Professionalism vs. Amateurism: Can everybody be a designer?

panelist: Dijana Rolc, Zulu Zion
panelist: Miha Rolc, Zulu Zion
panelist: Nataša Muševič
panelist: Ana Malalan, Anselma
moderator: Evan Frankel
moderator: Eugenia Morpurgo
published: Dec. 24, 2014,   recorded: November 2014,   views: 2276

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As we are now deep in the age of information, the topic of professionalism and amateurism is of utmost relevance. This new revolution in industry mutually promotes the dissemination of information and knowledge, how is this production regulated? All contributions being valid, the necessity for hierarchy is uncertain. With barriers in specific professions being pushed and broken, and cross-disciplinary practice thriving, the definition of our design practitioners is both complex and vague. As influence comes from all directions in todays society, the field of design is coming to terms with itself. The debate will focus primarily on the production and supply of some of our most ubiquitous, everyday objects: household appliances and clothing.

The speakers:

- Ana Malalan, founder of Anselma, workshop of everything (im)possible , author of the book Superkrojenje, laborant at the Secondary school for design and photography.
- Nataša Muševič, team member of Hacking Households at BIO 50, intermedia artist, producer of electronic music, composer and singer.
- Miha and Dijana Rolc, designers and founders of the Slovenian trande mark of socks Zulu Zion that this year successfully got means for the production of socks as the first Slovenian fashion project at Kickstarter.

The debate was moderated by Eugenia Morpurgo and Evan Frankel, mentors of the BIO 50 The Fashion System groups.

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Reviews and comments:

Comment1 Roger T, May 1, 2021 at 1:39 a.m.:

I don't think everyone can be a designer. This is more of an argument for equality of outcome. If you can't sew designer clothes then don't complain when people don't buy your sewing, but check out because you could learn how to do it.

My two cents

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