Where are the critical ideas in design?

14:00 30 minutes presentation Grote zaal
Erik Kessels KesselsKramer

An overabundance of skills and technological crutches eliminate the possibility of beautiful mistakes, of stunning failures and any result other than exactly what the maker set out to achieve. How can ideas in design and advertising become more critical in an era were middle of the road and perfection is promoted? Kessels will discuss and question this topic by showing trail and errors from his own practice.

Erik Kessels

Erik Kessels


Erik Kessels is a Dutch communication designer, artist and curator. Erik is since 1996 Creative Partner of communications agency KesselsKramer in Amsterdam/London and has won many international awards with his advertising campaigns. He has written the international bestseller Failed It! and as an artist and curator Kessels has published over 70 books of his ‘re-appropriated’ images. This year he exhibited in the SFMOMA. He was called “a visual sorcerer” by Time Magazine and a “Modern Anthropologist” by Voque (Italia).

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