Design Revolution or Social Revolution? Both.

The notion of design revolution has emerged frequently, just recently, as a meme that takes its force from the recognition of need for change by designers  themselves. A recent Core77 article follows the recent Design Biennial conference held at St. Etienne, France reveals some of the problematics underway if designers seriously consider their role as . . . → Read More: Design Revolution or Social Revolution? Both.

Disciplined dialogues for transformation

Our non-profit dialogic design organization (Institute for 21st Century Agoras) is currently underway with an international dialogue being convened for over the next two weeks with scholars, designers, educators, and activists on the question:

“In the context of Obama’s vision for engaging stakeholders from all walks of life in a bottom-up democracy employing Internet technology, . . . → Read More: Disciplined dialogues for transformation

Who really killed the American Car?

Perhaps it isn’t all about the product. Adam Hanft makes the point that clumsy marketing and mediocre corporate culture with no sense of its own creative force led to “a marketing failure, probably the biggest one in history. It takes years of monumental incompetence to squander the biggest, deepest love affair the American consumer . . . → Read More: Who really killed the American Car?

Elevating the context.

Elevating the context. How can design research move from an anthropocentric unit of study to a planetary / ecological focus? (Not entirely of course, but just to try on the question). Relating this Einstein’s famous quote:

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

Conside . . . → Read More: Elevating the context.