In a sequence of eight audio tracks, In No Particular Order presents a series of collective conversations about the topics and issues designers are dealing with in their day-to-day practice. Through their experiences and their reflections, the website intends to give insight into what it means to have, take part in, or organise a practice.
As noted by one of the participating designers, creating work represents only a small fraction of what is needed to have a practice. Most of the time, one is busy with creating conditions to be able to make work, and ultimately, to develop and sustain a practice. This website strives to unpack the notion of practice, through conversations and submitted sketches by the designers.
On this track, designers reflect upon the way they organise their work, which is often understood in terms of projects. One can see that nearly everyone self-initiates, employing multiple strategies in various ways. Being able to self-organise brings freedom but requires long hours and self-investment. Many take on multiple projects and simultaneous roles as freelance designers, artists, employees, and creative entrepreneurs.
The desire to enter territories that go beyond one’s expertise has made collaboration appealing and inevitable. On this track, designers describe how they collaborate with others, becoming mediators and directors of processes. Realising work depends on collaboration with other researchers, manufacturers, and institutions, enabling the manifestation of project-based research in a myriad of ways.
On this track, designers talk about positioning from the perspective of values, interests, disciplines, and geographic contexts. Positioning entails both the need to profile oneself to be identifiable and the need to employ multiple strategies in order to operate simultaneously within multiple cultural fields and markets.
Everyone embraces flexibility, understanding discipline in terms of a mindset, rather than a set of skills and a profession. Driven by their research, designers take the liberty to employ any medium to realise their work.
Many designers share their research and develop new methodologies through teaching and giving lectures and workshops, turning education into an extension of their practice. On this track, designers reflect on their experiences as students and elaborate on their involvement in education in relation to their practice.
Connecting with people that share your interests and aspirations is vital for sustaining and developing a practice. A network requires people, resources, and facilities in one’s immediate surroundings, and the ability to reach out to existing networks beyond one’s environment.
On this track, designers describe the ways in which they rely on and contribute to existing cultural infrastructures and the ways in which they organise and develop new infrastructures. Their impulse to self-organise and to assemble reflects a common wish to participate in cultural spaces.
To professionalise oneself is to create an organisational structure, enabling one to work in ways one sees fit. For some, this involves the standardisation of their way of working, while for others, it entails liberating oneself from the constant need to be productive.
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