Ile de Nantes: a new impetus for a design school

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Next September, we will be moving into the new premises of L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique on the Ile de Nantes. 11,000 m2 for an investment budget of 30M euros, this is the largest investment in design since the creation of the Cité du design in Saint Etienne. We have been working on this project …

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“Good design is better than a good idea”

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Credo for a design school, the example of l’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique Innovation and social responsibility for designers Over 10 years ago L’Ecole de design Nantes Atlantique set up a program to radically transform the traditional curricula of design and applied arts. The aim was to move the focus of the profession towards more …

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Design: a management discipline? Yes, on the condition that we free ourselves from Design Management

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There are many ways to judge the quality of a design degree. For a long time, it was measured on the quality of the end of studies projects and on the exhibition of these projects to testify to the creative spirit of the students at the end of their course. The end of studies project …

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The end of the myth about Corporate Social Responsibility: Make way for design

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With the anxiety it generates, and the impact it has had on the way we live, the Covid pandemic is propelling us into a future full of uncertainties. Will companies have to change? Will the myth of Corporate Social Responsibility survive the formidable health and economic ordeal we are going through? Faced with the excesses …

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Covid-19 and Management. From a globalized to a digital world

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All the editorialists announce: Tomorrow will no longer be as before. And the Covid crisis, by its brutality, by the new look it imposes on the world, is it heralding a new world, more united, more responsible, more aware of the relativity of our planet and of our humanity ? Or will it only exacerbate …

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Design, ethics and humanism

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How Design offers companies a tremendous opportunity to work on their corporate social responsibility Design is in vogue, in vogue for companies who believe that creation and innovation are drivers of their future development. Managers talk about innovation strategies, foresight, concepts, possible futures, design thinking. They organize their teams transversely in project groups which are …

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Design schools, the new schools for leadership and entrepreneurship

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Design schools have the chance to become the training institutions that produce the leaders of tomorrow, able to reconcile the economic and the social, and raise new questions about the notions of development and progress. Design is now a strategic discipline, in that reflections on future uses and innovation have become the driving force in …

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Social responsibility and the liberated company: duty or self-interest?

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The new concepts of participative and progressive management, which advocate social responsibility and the fulfillment or even the liberation of the individual, are enjoying a great success and enriching their proponents. The aim is to save the planet and whilst ensuring that mankind prospers. The responsible and liberated company has become a cult for certain …

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What will being Human mean when robots outsmart us?

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A more fundamental question might be, what role will Design and designers play in crafting, creating, characterizing, and charting the world of tomorrow? From the moment the weight of tedious tasks are lifted from our daily lives and our human ability to think, learn and adapt will pale in comparison to the threat of superior …

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CES 2018: Design and Designers Take Center Stage

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The leading names in the digital and technology industries recently unveiled what they do best at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this past January 2018. Gadgets and gizmos galore wowed visitors from the world over, but the burning question remains: What for? Getting to the bottom of this dilemma will be the real …

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