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Creative Director and Teacher Forest Young on Designing a More Inclusive Future

Forest Young’s career has spanned an impressive range of disciplines and contexts. From being Wolff Olins’s first Global Chief Creative Officer, receiving the industry’s highest design accolades, and being a MFA Senior Critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art.

In 2018, California College of the Arts invited him to create and teach the inaugural MFA course in Future Design. Theoretical texts from Walter Benjamin, Yuval Noah Harari, Umberto Eco, John Berger, and Marshall McLuhan were all included. In addition, the use of cultural artifacts, images, and films including Blade RunnerGattacaHer, and Hyper-Reality played a role. In conclusion, the students were then asked to explore and discuss world-building within the context of the their contemporary practice.

So, catch up with Forest on his endeavors, experiences and opinions on (future) design.


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