Make Design Matter

A Little Red Book about how to make design matter!

This little Red Book presents a pocket size guide to meaningful design. The guide is an important iterative and strategic approach based on holistic thinking, shared wisdom, and reflective insights, and will help you to make design better -and matter...
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David Carlson
Article number: 9789063693046
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Make Design Matter is an accessible book about a complex subject. It proposes strategic design guidelines based on holistic concepts. The guidelines facilitate convergence across different fields, inspiring designers and lay persons, companies and institutions, and teachers and students of design  to envision and apply more meaningful solutions. This book will help you to design better… and to make design matter!


David Carlson is an influential facilitator, crosspolinator and design thought-leader. Internationally  sought after as a speaker at conferences, seminars, schools, and corporate events, David tells stories in an informed and inspiring manner about his holistic approach at the intersection of design, culture, and business.

David is the founder of The David Report, the Designboost conference series, Carlson Ahnell, and David Design. His social life reflects his crosspollinating mindcast: president of a nature conservation organisation; guitar player in bands since the early 80s, most recently with the band Miller Moon; and last but not least, a deeply dedicated gardener" more specifically, of old roses with unmatched aromas.


"Make Design Matter is full of lessons for designers in practice; of punk rock, David Lynch, Nobel price winners, Leonardo Da Vinci to Bjork and the Ice Hotel." -Dutch Cowgirls

"This little red book presents a pocket guide to meaningful design. Seven stepping stones that inspire you to cross the stream of change, and get you to the other side, firm and dry . . . " —Brent Richards, creative chef and architect

"Make Design Matter is a call to arms, a reminder that we deserve better than the consumer hell we find ourselves in, that design is more of a tool than a celebrity status and it should transcend beyond objects that consume resources and live short lives and become a means of creating fulfillment." -Green Car Design

"In his new book David Carlson gives robust and inspiring tips on how you can become the designer of tomorrow." -Form

"The author David Carlson writes a pamphlet on meaningful design, an alarm clock for those who are not already awake and a snooze to those who put the pillow over their head." -Sveriges Arkitekter

"Making Design Matter – seven steps to making your design mean more to its audience through positively engaging design processes in ethical and sustainable thinking."

"Make Design Matter is a pocket size guide to meaningful design." -Dexigner

"We like this little Red Book!" – OEO

"Succinct anecdotes form a philosophical narrative without actually sounding preachy or condescending." -India Art n Design

"Get Your Little Red Book and Make Design Matter." -Eyes In


”Davids’ new small red book is inspiring food for thought about the changing role of design.” -designforchangeblog


ISBN: 978 90 6369 304 6
Author: David Carlson
Format: paperback with flaps
Dimensions: 18 x 12 cm
Pages: 164

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