What is all the stuff for?

I really like the more philosophical questions about design like; should we, as designers, ignore issues of the world? And, should we, as citizens, be satisfied with the world we have? I often miss a more ethical discussion about our future occupation. I like the fact that Clint raised the issue that a lot of design is created for an elitist group in the world.

I find myself feeling kind of conservative and quite old in a lot of the design tasks we are given. Coming up with new products all the time. I often think about if the world needs more stuff and what are a designers part in creating a desire for new things. The critical designs manifesto does not give an answer to that though, design to make people content and not wanting to acquire more stuff.

Its interesting to think about Dunne and Rabys critiqe that you go from room to room in the art galley but forget the insight as soon as you leave the building and have a cup of coffee. I guess that means that what they want is not only to effect people but also make them act on their new realisations. To act on the unfairness of the world on behalf of others. Maybe that’s to much to ask. We, the small elite in the world, are to busy tending to our own problems even if they seem tiny in comparison to Aleppo on fire and starving in Sudan. I’d like to trust that technology will solve the worlds problem, the environment, starvation, mens violence agains women etc. I guess the problem is that there is little profit to make in those areas so it’s mainly up to goodwill? I had a quick look through the near future laboratory and they also seem to design mainly for the small elite of the world :)

This weeks readings leaves me a bit intrigued, with my imgaination a bit tickled but still thinking what is this all for? Creations for the sake of creating? I will keep my eye out for examples when this discourse have led to the good of man.

Anyway, in class today me and Anton came up with an idea for the “fake news task” that was centered around measuring how much fake news you yourself spread. We decided it would be best if it was imbedded in your wrist so it’s easy to see for yourself and to show others on request.

We imagined a world where it would be obvious if you purposely lied, where you could see if a politician were giving out false statistics or your blind-date were bullshitting to impress you. Just the awareness that you could be called out on spreading false information would probably change peoples behavior. We ran the idea through the manifesto-list and figured we were about half and half.

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