03 February 2009


More designers for social impact: DAHRA & Winterhouse.

5 comments:

Jen said...

Kara! How perfect is this??? I Love it!

Jen

Jeff Werner said...

I've been amazed at how often those of us inside the discipline of design talk and talk about how important we are, and how no one else understands how important we are.

olivelife said...

Expand on this, Jeff. I'm curious.

Jeff Werner said...

Yes, exactly, the idea that we need to expand on this or make it into something ABOUT design instead of about human problems with a particular approach. Let's get off our high horse and stay in the background where we belong--just work--lest we enter some sort of meta-territory that's become the domain of self-congratulatory modern critical discourse (or as Banksy put it: "Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little.") Actually, this kind of talk can be great fun, but it's enough that we know how important we are. Let's not convolute the discourse and alienate people (the public, the clients) anymore than we have to. This should all be worked out in the privacy and shelter of school, not public.

olivelife said...

I'm in total agreement on the avoidance "self-congratulatory" bit. I suppose I "support" this statement from the viewpoint that my field (beyond school and in communication design) often garners attention only from its decorative quality and thereby misses the value of the ways that it can contribute on deeper levels. I love Jorge Frascara's book "User-Centred Graphic Design" for its contribution to these deeper questions. If you haven't, check it out.
And I LOVE the Banksy quote. Perfect.