Jan van Toorn at D&AD

The latest D&AD President’s Lecture was given by Dutch designer Jan van Toorn (subject of this recent book by Rick Poynor). Click through for film of him answering some of the audience’s questions afterwards

The latest D&AD President’s Lecture was given by Dutch designer Jan van Toorn (subject of this recent book by Rick Poynor). Click through for film of him answering some of the audience’s questions afterwards

Here, van Toorn offers advice to a student looking to imbue their work with meaning

Jan Van Toorn Q&A: Advice for a student designer from D&AD on Vimeo.

And here he explains how he got into design

Jan van Toorn Q&A: How did you get into design? from D&AD on Vimeo.

And, lastly, on the relationship between form and technology

Jan van Toorn Q&A – The relationship between form and technology from D&AD on Vimeo.

The next D&AD President’s Lecture will be by David Hillman on April 16 at Logan Hall, London). He will be followed by Jonathan Ellery (May 14, Logan Hall, London), Luke Williamson (May 21, Manchester Metropolitan University), and Everyone Starts Somewhere, a group discussion by Sir John Hegarty, Joel Gethin Lewis and Malcolm Venville (May 28, Logan Hall, London). Each talk is £15 and tickets can be purchased online at dandad.org.

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