The Jury make me! 2023
Meet the composition of the Jury, which will evaluate the projects sent to make me! 2023:
Maja Ganszyniec is a designer with a comprehensive approach to the design process. Born in Poland, she studied interior architecture on Academy of Fine Arts in Cracow before graduations in Design product at the Royal College of Art In London in 2008.
In 2013 she established Studio Ganszyniec, focusing on human oriented and nature friendly objects. In her practice she combines design that is both visionary and responsible – always looking for new opportunities within the limits of strategic thinking.
For the last decade she has collaborated with brands like IKEA, DUKA, Comforty or Noti. In 2017 the polish Institute of Industrial Design awarded her with the Designer of the Year title. In 2020, she was appointed as a Creative Director of Profim – leading office furniture manufacturer in Poland and one of brands of the scandinavian Flokk Group. She is also an owner and founder of an independent furniture brand Nurt.
ph. Tomasz Kuczma
MESSAGE TO PARTICIPANTS FROM MAJA GANSZYNIEC
In projects show yourself, what is important to you, what evokes emotions in you. In the contest show what makes you do projects with conviction and it is worth spending your time on them.
Designer and lecturer at the Faculty of Industrial Forms of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow. She runs the Socially Responsible Design Studio and the Universal Design Laboratory. Joanna deals with social, inclusive and universal design, with particular emphasis on the needs of the elderly, children and people with disabilities. In 2022 she defended her doctorate, the aim of which was to improve the quality of life of the elderly by increasing access to occupational therapy.
Three times she was among the finalists of make me! contest (Jelonek – a furniture toy, Therapy Set – a set of therapeutic aids and Uni – a universal rain jacket). Her projects have been shown at exhibitions, e.g. in Stockholm, Milan, Cologne, Belgrade, Warsaw, Łódź and Kraków.
MESSAGE TO PARTICIPANTS FROM JOANNA KROKOSZ
we have recently faced many challenges: the Covid pandemic, the war in Ukraine, the migration and the climate crisis. I will certainly look fot solutions to these problems among your projects but not only. I appreciate simple solutions that affect our everyday life not by creating new habits or rituals but rather by simplifying our functioning. I look for projects that are easy to scale, but most of all I believe that well-designed products should be accessible and reach the widest prossilbe group of consumers.
INGRID VAN DER WACHT
Ingrid works as a freelancer from her company Factor-I (2001) as a connector, communicator and conceptor with a focus on co/design for a better world. Since years she works for organisations driven by (Dutch) Design. Like for Dutch Design Foundation, organizer of Dutch Design Week.
Ingrid works on the International Public Affairs to establish and strengthen the connections worldwide with organisations and institutions demonstrating the power of (Dutch) design for global change. She is part of the board of the global network of World Design Weeks and on European level of the board of BEDA – Bureau of European Design Associations.
Over the years she has co-created and worked on European design projects that value and invest in the power of design. Like for betterment of organisational performance – ADMIRE Design Management Europe Award. Or developing tools and approaches to co-design for innovation and inclusivity: PROUD Europe. Or very specific thematic design for co-creation of solutions against food loss and waste in the beginning of the food chain – Food Heroes. This brings her a wealth of experiences and a broad network to support designers and to further develop projects with the world of design to improve the design of the world.
MESSAGE TO PARTICIPANTS FROM INGRID VAN DER WACHT
I look forward to be part of the jury for the make me! Awards. The competition offers wonderful opportunities for young designers to show their great design concepts at Lodz Design Festival. An exciting international stage to a broad audience: new collaborators, colleagues and clients.
Planetary wellbeing is what we all need to strive for these days. Positive impact is what design should bring like healing environment, bringing an inclusive society, preventive holistic healthcare, good food and housing for all, explorative education and so much more.
As a designer you can make this happen while taking in your unique position in the world. Be clear about what your strengths are and connect with others that complement the broad palette of skills, experiences and knowledge needed for good design of the world with the world.
Born in 1966 in Pinerolo. He studied Industrial Design and Building Engineering at the “Istituto Tecnico M. Buniva” in Pinerolo province of Torino. Since 1994 to 2013 he was working as R&D and sales manager in different companies for MFC and HPL/CPL market. Since 2013 he is a member of design and marketing team at Interprint. Managing Director and Brand Ambassador Interprint Italia.
MESSAGE TO PARTICIPANTS FROM MAURIZIO BURRATO
As the Italian designer and illustrator Bruno Munari once said “the designer is a person with an acute sense of beauty who works for the community”.
As almost all our purchases are based on emotionally push, what I personally pay attention to the most is the true intention behind a product.
Is it intended to enchant me? Is it sustainable? Is it made to be shared? Is it made to change the world for the better? Does it reflect the Zeitgeist (the spirit of the time)? Does it respect the Genius Loci (spirit of the place).
In other words, Beauty & Community. Always search the way that leads to the beauty and never forget to protect the common good.
Interior architect and product designer. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław, currently a lecturer and head of the Furniture Department. He also studied at the Akademie der Bildenden Kuenste in Munich. He designs interiors, furniture and exhibition spaces. Precursor of minimal living spaces.
Author of projects that have won the must have award at the Łódź Design Festival, Diamond of Furniture and the LIT Design Award. Juror in many design contests. He runs his own design studio.
MESSAGE TO PARTICIPANTS FROM SZYMON HANCZAR
I count on projects that relate to contemporary problems, respond to them and perhaps pay attention to those we do not yet notice. Today, design is much more than the aestheticization of our surroundings. Over the last “teen” years, we have proved to ourselves many times (we, here at the Vistula River) that we can design, produce and successfully compete on international markets. However, all this very often takes place at a certain cost, at the expense of the environment. This does not give us the best certificate and it brings to mind the slogan of the Festival from a few years ago: Design Won’t Save The World. I hope at least it will try.
Lead designer at Studio Rygalik working on architecture and products for premium companies and international brands including Cappellini, Moroso, Ghidini, Siemens, Heineken, or Ikea. An open minded educator with broad experience and PhD in industrial design; professor at Aalto University.
Founder and creative director of furniture and accessories brand TRE Product; cofounder of the interdisciplinary community DesignNature and the creative campus in Sobole.
ph. Monika Olszewska
MESSAGE TO PARTICIPANTS FROM TOMEK RYGALIK
For every designer who wants to change the world for the better, it is important to enlarge the field of influence which is facilitated by the public presentation of projects and building their recognition. make me! is an excellent platform not only to present the best fruits of your labor to a wide group of professional recipients but also an opportunity for a creative confrontation conducive to further development.
Director of Łódź Design Festival. Enthusiast of urban activities and design. Organiser and co-organiser of many projects related to creative industries, including: Ad Days Advertising Festival, Creative Industries Conference, Art_Inkubator and Fotofestiwal.
Co-founder of Łódź Art Center; member of a team engaged in activities aimed at promoting the design in its broad sense in Łódź.
MESSAGE TO PARTICIPANTS FROM MICHAŁ PIERNIKOWSKI
The jury appreciates the innovation and attractiveness of the proposed solutions and is looking for new perspectives on the solutions used so far. Particular recognition goes to artists who respond with their projects to the challenges of the present but also focus on the problems of various social groups or individuals. Personally, I pay attention not only to proposals that have the potential to bring about changes in entire sectors of the economy but I also value the search for new experiences, attempts to create contemporary rituals or the perception of needs that have been overlooked so far. I am constantly amazed by the wise use of developing technologies and drawing inspiration from nature. The ideal design, in my opinion, combines craftsmanship and aesthetics, respecting the environment and offering new values to the use.
Jury deliberations of the make me! consist of two stages. In the first stage of the deliberations, the jury will evaluate the submitted projects according to the following criteria:
Criterion 1 – formal assessment of the presentation of the project – whether the photos / visualizations clearly show the form of the object and its functions, whether the description is understandable and clearly presents the submitted idea, whether the designer has included additional materials / links / presentations explaining the concept,
Criterion 2 – Uniqueness of the design solution – whether the designer proposed new solutions or significantly changed the existing solutions,
Criterion 3 – Relevance of the assumptions – whether the proposed solutions (form, material, process) really solve the diagnosed problem,
Criterion 4 – Aesthetic values of the project – correctness of the adopted solutions,
Criterion 5 – market, communication, experimental potential of the project – the project must be characterised by one of three potentials – market potential (correctly diagnosed market demand, production feasibility, cost effectiveness, conscious use of materials), communication potential (the project is characterised by a high fashion-creating potential, neatly fitting in with current trends), experimental potential (the proposed solutions may lead to the development of new, innovative products, even if the product is not yet fully tested, its potential to change and replace existing solutions on the market may be assessed).
In the second stage the jury based on the make me! final projects, will select the winners of the cash prizes.