TASTE: Design Observer Symposium Hits LA on 12 February

Coming up on February 12, leading international design blog Design Observer will host a symposium on the relationship between design and food. Held in the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown LA, TASTE will feature prominent speakers from around the world. Here is more of an introduction from the illustrious staff of Design Observer.

Agrarian economics. Dry farming. Engineered waste. Vaporized nutrition. Synthetic flavors. Moral food. How are any of these things a function of design? On the other hand: How could they be anything else? We’ll consider the visual evolution of artificial flavor; the historical artistry of mid-century menus; the future of permaculture, the promises of packaging, and the vicissitudes of waste. We’ll look at marketing tactics and distribution platforms; climate change and culinary excess; new economies of scale, old expressions of culture — and everything in between. We’ll eat, drink, and be merry, while raising critical questions about where this is all heading. And we hope you’ll join us.

Renowned graphic designer Paula Scher – who has been a principal in the New York office of the distinguished international design consultancy Pentagram since 1991 – has shared this insight and encouragement: “By looking at design through other creative forms, The Design Observer conference gives you the best, fresh perspectives about how to think about your own work. That’s what a conference is supposed to do. Don’t miss it.

In searching for a video to accompany this piece, I was happy to find this presentation from Superscript 2015 where Design Observer’s executive editor Eugenia Bell spends 12 minutes introducing the publication and discussing its history, the story and people behind it, and its latest initiatives. I hope you’ll find it to be of interest. To learn more about TASTE, please visit http://taste.designobserver.com.


Featured Image: In collaboration with The Darnell Works Agency, imagemaker Tommy Ewasko is very proud to contribute his original photograph to promote the Taste.
Featured Video: Superscript 2015: Eugenia Bell


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