Convivial Design for the American Breakdown

Part II.   Human-Scale Tools for Change

While many authors recently warned of the consequences of an ideology of unfettered growth, including Ronald Wright, Jared Diamond, George Monbiot, and Thomas Homer-Dixon), philosopher/priest Ivan Illich warned us 40 years ago.  He foresaw a collapse of the post-industrial economy, which did not happen then. Illich proposed that autonomous, . . . → Read More: Convivial Design for the American Breakdown

Who will we be when Design grows up?

The new year often finds blogs and commentators concerned with the memes and themes of the oncoming era hurtling toward us. Participating as I do in the more “abstract” design communities (e.g., experience, anthro, service design, strategic innovation, interaction, information architecture) I observe a lot of unproductive self-definition.  This takes the form of pronouncements about . . . → Read More: Who will we be when Design grows up?

What is our “Standard of Care” for Design?

Designers and people in the caring professions may have different and valid ways to think about caring and systems. On the Wenovski design community a wide-ranging discussion involves the question of designing “systems that care.” I take a position that we can care for systems practices, but systems will not perform as caring agents. (We . . . → Read More: What is our “Standard of Care” for Design?

Infrastructure lock-in, Innovation lock-out

Experienced systems and design professionals have increasingly raised their concern for the poor design of eHealth Records (EMR, EHR) systems for the last couple of years. The rapid increase in adoption and deployment, spurred by US government stimulus spending, has pushed vendors to roll systems to market in unrepentant haste. With interaction design that would . . . → Read More: Infrastructure lock-in, Innovation lock-out