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Nov 02, 2020

Designers Created the Consumerism That’s Destroyed Our Planet

JD Beltran

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Designers possess superpowers — through innovation, aesthetics, brand and creativity, we’re able to magically create billions of dollars in value where there was none! The cost of fostering desire over utility — privileging economic growth over social and environmental responsibility — now leaves us with consumer societies and waste that threaten to destroy our planet. How do we shift the course to more circular, sustainable design practices and nudge towards responsible consumer behaviour with what we create?


JD Beltran

JD Beltran is an artist, designer, writer and filmmaker whose work has been exhibited worldwide, including at the SFMOMA, the Walker Art Center, The Getty Center, the MIT Media Lab and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. She is the recipient of art and design’s most honoured awards, including achieving status as creating one of the top public artworks in the US (Public Art Network 2009) and the world (New Technology Art Association 2014), and one of the top design works internationally (German Design Award 2019 and CES Innovation Award 2018). Her work has been reviewed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, NPR, Wired, ID Magazine, Dwell, 7x7, the San Francisco Chronicle, Art in America and ArtNews. She also has authored columns on art & culture for the San Francisco Chronicle and Huffington Post and co-authored four books with the San Francisco Writers Grotto. She recently founded and now directs the Center for Creative Sustainability.