Like a light on a stage, design enlightens today’s issues, seeking solutions and confrontations
The principle of Human Centered Design is challenged by a new paradigm in which, from the center of the world, the human becomes one among multiple components of an ecosystem. Design must reflect on it and operate in it.
Humans, nature and technology are the components of this ecosystem and their multiple interactions generate the fields of investigation of the design of the future. From objects to services, from spaces to experiences, from vehicles to mobility, the transition is immaterial and unstoppable.
We question the role that design can play in embracing this complexity, in regenerating lost connections and in creating new ones.
Without denying the design of objects that distinguished the early stages of the history of design, or the design of services and experiences that marked its development, the challenge of design today is to plan the interactions between complex systems and connect apparently distant skills to allow sustainable social, ecological and technological development.
We are a Design School and designing means generating an impact: we must ask ourselves what is the extent and nature of this impact on the planet we live in, and on the people and other living species that inhabit it with us, and in general with regards to everything other-than-human -machines included.
Technologies in our school are an expressive medium and a tool for designing: they must also become the object of critical thinking, to understand their limits and implications with respect to the way we look at reality and relate to it, to our creative capacity, logics of power, hazards to health (physical and mental) and to the planet.
Only with the awareness of this new perspective can design once again permeate industrial and non-industrial production processes in every product sector in terms of contents, languages, expressive and formal codes, technical and functional aspects, to continue to generate innovation, desire, usability and feasibility of the results.
Designers, makers, users, humans, non-humans are the protagonists of this new phase. Wellness, biotechnology, city, digital fabrication, experience, energy ethics, inclusiveness, interactions, materials, mobility, services, society, respect, space, transition, transformation, are the keywords that go along with it.
Have a look at our projects
In this section you can find all the projects developed by and with our students. Product, Service but also Interior and Transportation Design for a 360° view of the Design sector
Discover all the design weeks we are attending
We are taking part in many Design Weeks around the world with student projects, alumni, teachers or amabassadors. Do you want to know more?
IED Barcelona to be present at Saló de l’Ensenyament
From 13 to 17 March, visitors to this event dedicated to educational guidance will be able to learn about the school’s range of design courses at stand D-453 in Fira de Barcelona’s Montjuïc premises.
The Barcelona of Design and Architecture
IED Barcelona hosted this roundtable discussion organised by Barcelona Global, in which Andrea Marchesi, IED director, Isabel Roig, CEO of BCD, and Lucia Millet, co-founder of Cierto Estudio, discussed the global challenges for the city’s future from the perspective of creativity and design.
We played Design
From 5 to 9 February, IED Barcelona held a new edition of its Multidisciplinary Workshop Week – We Play Design, featuring 23 workshops dedicated to experimenting with the concept of play in the field of design.
IED becomes the main educational partner of Future Days
A global platform for actionable futures organizes a three-day event in Lisbon
Rino Mastrotto group focuses on IED creative talents
The leading manufacturer of leather and luxury fabrics will provide materials and know-how for students of Fashion, Automotive, and Interior Design courses at the Italian IED seats.
IED Barcelona celebrates ten years at Llum BCN with “Luminent”
Devised by students from Product Design, Interior Design, Motion Graphics & Video, and Business Design, the installation, which can be seen from 2 to 4 February, pays homage to the essence of Barcelona’s Poblenou neighbourhood by combining light and bubbles.
IED Barcelona Alumnus Martin Y. Tsankov at Stockholm Furniture Fair
Studio Buenacasa introduces "The Power Nap Chair" to boost productivity and wellness
IED Barcelona launches first official Master’s Degree in Spatial and Digital Environments Design
A unique programme in Spain that hybridises the physical and digital dimensions when it comes to designing commercial, educational, workplace and hospitality interiors.