Inside the head of a designer

Design Heroes
December 31, 2008, 1:01 am
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An interesting articles on the new rack of social/service designers with comments linking in the economic crisis.  Can we all become Bono-designers or does the smell of money make us designers turn on our sides?

When I was 18, I chose to live in Africa for 6 months, Tanzania, to teach on a secondary school.  It was one of the most eye opening experiences of my life and I fell head over heels in love with the country and the people.  It’s exciting to think that when I graduate my skills as a designer can be used to perhaps help improve aspects of peoples lives in third world countries, the questions is, as the writer from the article below points out, will we, as designers say no to the money god (Orwell) or give in and settle for better paid jobs in the industry.

Also rather excited for the Philip Stark ‘reality’ tv programme. that is going to be hilarious, I hope it’s pitched like x factor, yet another way for the british public to understand how design does NOT work, and be persuaded by the myth of the celebrity designer.  I am ranting now, I will stop.

Creative Solutions in Tough Times

Read the full article here at the International Herald Tribune

“…The economic crisis has also squashed any lingering doubts about the urgency of finding new ways to address acute social problems more efficiently – from caring for the expanding elderly population, to improving the management of over-stretched health care services. This newfound realism is already benefiting the emerging breed of “social designers.”

Another question is whether designers are ready to respond to these challenges, as “service” and “social” design involve very different skills to conventional design practice. The 20th-century notion of the lone “designer-hero”…”


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