BIDC staff, Manager Stella Hackett and Design Adviser Debbie Estwick, return from attending prestigious international Design Research Society Conference, Catalyst 2018, in Limerick, Ireland. They had the valuable opportunity to network with industry practitioners, leaders, researchers, consultants, academics and advisers who have contributed to design and innovation practice, strategy and policy for government and non-governmental organisations across the globe.
BIDC Design Presents at Prestigious International Design Research Society Conference
Estwick also presented at the conference, after having written and submitted a paper to the society for a double-blind peer review and subsequent acceptance. Estwick’s paper, entitled “A Case for Caribbean Design Principles”, proposed principles for good Caribbean design that could aid design contributions to business and export development and inform design policy for innovation, resulting in social, cultural, environmental, technological and economic benefits. As affiliate organisation for the paper, the BIDC joins Google, IDEO, Shopify and IBM, and noted design and innovation universities including MIT, Harvard and Carnegie Mellon as affiliate organisation for papers accepted by the society. BIDC is the first corporation and Barbados is the first country in the region to present at the Design Research Society on the subject of Caribbean Design Principles. This work will be published by the society and across research databases.
Manager Hackett noted, “I was especially inspired by the presentations emphasizing design's role in public policy as well as the national design action plans recently created by some of the participating countries. One of the most impactful takeaways was the importance of design as a catalyst for innovation.”