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  • Note: this is only one kind of designer stance, and in fact one of my favorite books Design for the Real World (Victor Papanek) makes the case that design should not be about status games but really ought to be more like a creative, human oriented sort of engineering of practical solutions to real human problems. But mostly today "design" means the sort of thing Apple is good at, combining technology and human concerns and social signalling into products that purport to elevate their users.
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Design for the Real World

09 Aug 2021 08:27 - 01 Jan 2022 07:48

    • I think this counts as an influence
      • I was exposed to a really compelling version of design stance at an early age, since I somehow discovered Victor Papanek's Design for the Real World at the public library (quite possible heard about it via Whole Earth Catalog). This was an eye-opening and intense book, as Papanek excoriated the profession of industrial design for spending its energies on trivial things while the real problems of the world are begging for creative solutions. At the time I read it I probably had no idea that there was such a thing as industrial design, but now I not only was aware, I had strong opinions about it.
    • The universality of design
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    • Oh shit Papanek is bad now? (Gui Bonsiepe)
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      • Google Lensed some of that, it's what I guess you would expect (Papanek not Marxist enough)
    • Design Provocateur: Revisiting the Prescient Ideas of Victor Papanek
      • But even in the early 1970s, some critics, among them Ulm School of Design alumnus Gui Bonsiepe, saw these designs as a thinly disguised form of neocolonialism. In a full-blown critique published in Casabella, Bonsiepe accused Papanek outright of collusion with the U.S. military, which, he argued, would appropriate the device as a cheap means of disseminating pro-American propaganda throughout largely non-literate countries. (Papanek, like Fuller, had in fact received limited financial support from the U.S. Army.)