What started as attending An Interdesign, my first with all new and unknown participants, by the end became Our Interdesign in 1994 Interdesign Bergslagen, Sweden Transport for the Future in the village of Leksand. We were told that we would work hard, play hard, argue, and be friends for life. We valued the support and itineraries that included experienced Interdesign organizers, Swedish hosts (both local and ICSID/WDO member organizations), and numerous all team briefings on transportation futures, and thematic-based immersions from experts from around the world. Our own team challenge “Designing for Rail Travel” included expert sessions from Raytheon USA, ABB Sweden, and Swedish and German national railways with insights comparing current and future transport directions to fuel our design project brief. The excitement in the room for me was exhilarating and no other place in the world I wanted to be for the 2 weeks surrounded by talented internationals from students to locals to industry executives.
Team building exercises playing historic Swedish outdoor games, 19th century church boat rowing, and visiting wildlife parks, eminent national artist studios and regional craft centers rounded out our customized Interdesign-anchored Swedish cultural experience. We, the 100 contributors, believe we left behind collective design outcomes that assisted local communities and industry for the next future steps in revitalising and building upon strengths. We all left with many friendships which have led to many international relationships in Sweden, Finland, South Korea, among others, where we have met families and held other professional interactions. I see the 1994 Interdesign poster each day in my home, and recall the contributions we made to Make the World a Better Place and inspired ourselves to continue the work and host our own Interdesign. – Sasha Alexander, Director of Academic Program Industrial Design, Western Sydney University