Trust Design: The Relationship Between Trust and Design

Trust Design was a research project I created and directed for Premsela, the Netherlands Institute for Design in Amsterdam to explore the relationship between trust and design: can you design trust? Can you trust design?

Trust Design relationship between trust and design

Over the course of two years, I wrote and edited a publication series in collaboration with Volume Magazine, led students at Design Academy Eindhoven on a semester long investigation into designing for trust, talked about the relationship between trust and design at the Milan Design Fair, Amsterdam’s PICNIC festival, and much more.

Bruce Sterling: The relationship between trust and design
Interview with Bruce Sterling: The relationship between trust and design

“Trust is probably the most significant theme of our times. According to Burnham the paradigm has changed. It’s not only design functionality that counts foremost, consumers want to trust that companies and designers have taken care of environmental and social issues as well. Scott Burnham visited the academy various times and had in-depth talks and workshops with the students about trust and design. The results of this period offered a surprising new perspective in the design field, for which I would like to thank Scott Burnham.”

– Louise Schouwenberg, Head masters research program Contextual Design, Design Academy Eindhoven

While the formal project with Premsela has concluded, I still speak frequently on trust and design in cities, public spaces and products and services.

Please get in touch if you’d like discuss me speaking or writing about the relationship between trust and design.