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

Intent and Content: Unbooking the Book

Industrial and communications designers, authors, new publishers, product innovators  –  Everyone is rethinking The Book in 2009. So then who owns the concept of the book, anyway? Publishers? Society at large? Those of us who say so? And if we say so, does said ownership prevent certain types of  innovation? What we don’t know . . . → Read More: Intent and Content: Unbooking the Book

Design Leadership for Problem Systems

The full article is currently on Social Design, so first let me send readers to Joana’s stunning new design site.  Here I’ll recap the central theme of Design Leadership for Problem Systems.

The design industry grew rapidly in the 20th century, by satisfying the massive and growing needs of consumer products, industrial systems, and a . . . → Read More: Design Leadership for Problem Systems

Markets of Meaning (Find Portishead a Biz Model)

Thanks to Alex Osterman via Twitter for suggesting this link to their appeal on Creative Commons:

Help Portishead Find a New Business Model

Portishead, an experimental-pop group and pioneers of the early 90s electronica movement, announced yesterday that they are now “free agents”, having completed their three record deal with Island Records. The band is . . . → Read More: Markets of Meaning (Find Portishead a Biz Model)