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Industrial design: Are we damaging the environment?

  • Jon Marshall




BCU STEAMhouse – Lab Room



The truth is that Industrial designers design and mass produce ‘things’ that use materials and energy which can damage the environment.
Should we stop our work? Or is there a way for us to be passionate about sustainability and continue to design new things?

In his talk, Pentagram Partner Jon Marshall will discuss some of the issues he wrestles with being an environmentally conscious industrial designer. He will describe the responsibility industrial designers bear for sustainability and talk about projects he believes demonstrate being a designer can have a positive impact on the environment.


Jon Marshall

Industrial Designer at Pentagram

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Industrial Designer at Pentagram

Jon Marshall is an industrial designer whose work fuses product design with strategy, branding, packaging and digital experiences. 

In 2012 he co-founded and directed industrial design consultancy Map.
In 2018 he joined Pentagram’s London office as a partner.

He has created products and user experiences for some of the most innovative companies in the world including global brands like Google, Virgin Atlantic, Honda and IBM as well as public institutions, design and advertising agencies and ambitious startups such as Kano, Graphcore, Beeline and Pigzbe

He has won many industry awards for industrial design including D&AD, Design Week, Red Dot, German Design Award, Cannes Lions, Core77, The Clios and The One Show. He was listed as one Creative Review’s top 50 creative leaders and has served on the jury of numerous design awards.


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BCU STEAMhouse – Lab Room

STEAMhouse is a unique new space for innovation through interdisciplinary collaboration. Powered by Birmingham City University, their free workshops and events allow people to share and develop their ideas with experts from many different backgrounds. The venue has specially designed spaces to encourage businesses to incubate new ideas, and prototype new products and services. It also houses a fabrication facility where members can experiment with digital, wood, metal and print production.

STEAMhouse is located on Digbeth High Street, a stone’s throw from the city centre.

  • Nearby Parking
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Toilets
  • Accessible Toilets

108 Digbeth,
Birmingham, UK

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