“A design and creativity festival, curated for the hungry.” That’s how Us By Night, a three-night long event held in Antwerp every September, describes itself.
From September 26th to 28th, designers and creatives of every stripe descend upon Antwerp’s Waagnatie neighbourhood to inspire and be inspired. A night market offering “honest foods and drinks” (their words) is a running feature, along with a tattoo booth, XXL screens and projectors in every direction, and “colours and movements done just right” (again, their words). Creative directors, set designers, sneaker collagists, and purveyors of positivity are but some of the speakers presenting over these three days.
And one of those speakers was Polestar’s own Pär Heyden, there to talk design, communication, and challenging norms.
The Overview Effect: a cognitive shift in awareness reported by some astronauts during spaceflight, often while viewing the Earth from outer space. Those who have experienced it describe a new understanding of the uniqueness, fragility, and relative smallness of our one and only home. And while it’s easy to imagine the impact this must have; it seems that spaceflight is a prerequisite. Which is why we sat down with Karen Nyberg.
The most innovative ideas are brought about through creative collaboration. Ideas that have the power to change; to revolutionise the status quo and spark social and environmental change. By connecting thoughts, experiences, skills, and intuition, visionary endeavours, like design, can be elevated from good to great.
Time is running out. To stay within the 1.5-degree target, we need to take immediate action. In the quest for circularity, transitioning to electric transport is one of several imperative steps. This step calls for a change in behaviour, from people, businesses, and governments. Because frankly, we don’t have time not to.