re-design the way we design; two models of development.

7 Feb

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1. What are the two ways in which Thomas (cited in Shaughnessy) proposes that we re-design the way we design?

Thomas urges designers to become “agents for change”. It comes undertow categories: logical and lateral.  Logical changes the way you practice- scrutinize the paper stock you specify, the printers you use and everything that you spec to create your design. Lateral changes the way you think. Don’t see environmental impact as an add-on, place it at the beginning of your brief. Closing off some doors will open up a whole new set that you hadn’t thought of before.

2, Define the two models of development that Margolin outlines: sustainability and expansion. How does he imagine that designers might help to reconcile the two?

Sustainability model: the premise of this model is that the world is a system of ecological checks and balances that consists of finite resources. If one element damaged, the system will suffer severe damage and will possibly collapse.

Expansion model:  the world consists of markets in which products function first and foremost as tokens of economic exchange. Expansion model operates through the creation of markets for new products where non had previously existed.

Designers can possibly reconcile the two models by moving forward more fruitfully through projects and products that demonstrate new values in action. Design occupies a strategic position between the sphere of dispositional ethics and the sphere of social change. This is its power. Design provides a resolution that can serve as demonstrations of or argument for how we might live. Design is continuously inventing its subject matter and generating new thoughts. The world expects new things from designers. That is the nature of design.

3, quotations

I have never meet a good designer who didn’t fight for his or her ideas.

It means too much for me. Designers subject matter is always changing. we focus on different things and learn through the process. The process shapes our understanding of the world and modifies our previous thoughts.


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