上周二，在《财富》（Fortune）、《时代周刊》（Time）及《Wallpaper*》共同在新加坡举办的头脑风暴设计大会开幕式上，梅雷迪斯集团（Meredith Corporation）旗下时代公司（Time Inc.）的首席内容官穆瑞澜对出席的设计名流和代表表示热烈的欢迎。在为期三天的会议期间，来自多个行业的顶级专家将讨论如何让设计帮助商业发展，以及如何将设计思想植入21世纪战略计划。
穆瑞澜还对新加坡经济发展局（Economic Development Board）主席马宣仁医生致以欢迎。马主席与新加坡设计理事会（Design Singapore Council）一道来支持此次会议的召开。
Alan Murray, the chief content officer of Meredith Corporation’s Time Inc. brands, welcomed design luminaries and delegates Tuesday for the launch of the inaugural Brainstorm Design conference, hosted by Fortune, Time, and Wallpaper* in Singapore. During the three-day plenum, top experts from several industries will discuss how design can help business and how design thinking can be implemented into 21st century strategy.
“Design has become such an important driving force in business,” said Murray, who is also the president of Fortune.
“It’s not just about beautiful objects and great customer experience and gorgeous visuals,” Murray observed. “In a world where the pace of technological change is so rapidly accelerating, where choices proliferate, design is combating those problems, helping people make those choices and make people have better lives.”
Over the course of the next three days, three tribes of designers will address an array of design-centric issues, Murray explained. There are designers in the traditional sense, responsible for beautiful fashions and furniture. There are commercial designers, charged with putting design-thinking at the center of businesses and strategy. And then there are computational designers, who devise ways of harnessing mass amounts of data.
“We’re going to throw all of you together,” Murray said to the crowd of over 300 attendees from 33 countries, “And look forward to all of the insight.”
Murray also welcomed Dr. Beh Swan Gin, chairman of the Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), which is supporting the conference alongside the Design Singapore Council.
“We believe design helps cut through the complexities of the world today,” said Beh, “It’s applicable not only for the vibrant start-up ecosystem, but also for many Fortune500 companies.”
His remarks underscore design’s role as a crucial tool to tap into unmet consumer needs across industries worldwide. From tech to textiles, traditional ways of doing business are dissolving. Design allows firms to effectively confront the challenges of globalization and digitization, strengthen client relationships, and discover new solutions.
Convening for the Brainstorm Design conference are designers from Wallpaper*’sDesign Power 200 list as well as business leaders from Fortune 500 companies. Leading CEOs, academics, and designers will discuss how firms can integrate business, society and technology into a streamlined strategy and harness the power of design in the 21st century.