What does design do? What is it good for? And lastly, (perhaps most frustrating for me) relating design to hope.
As I said in the first class, I don’t like to open up to people, or something to that effect (A comment, which later, I had to laugh at because in saying this I knew that anything I did that was remotely revealing myself would, at best, betray that statement and at worst make me a hypocrite.) But in the end, to engage in this blog I have to give it up to express my view and before I can throw out examples of design that I see as good and bad I had to state my conscience. Right. Moving on then.
I find the whole topic of elevating design to something more than the commercial to be problematic. You see, I don’t know that I feel much hope that design can, or should, lift itself from the trenches of commercialism to aspire to something more noble. Yes, I believe it can inform. I believe good design is a wonderful and effective means to inform, but ultimately, I find a great deal of cynicism in myself regarding design’s ability to change the world, but maybe that can change.
Right, so to keep this post on the up and up I offer up an example of design work that I have recently found to be captivating while at the same time being socially active. Designer’s lending their talents and time to create and sell to aid Japan in their time of need. There is some beautiful work at this site.
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