Prompt #3

Part I

As a student at UC Davis, to what extent do you feel you have been “encouraged to work in this manner” Papanek recommends?

If possible, describe your experience(s). Alternatively, if you do not feel you have received encouragement, why do you think that is?

I used to feel selfish for pursuing design because I didn’t think it was something that could benefit/help others. I wasn’t studying to become a doctor or nurse who could save lives. But it wasn’t until recently I learned what an impact design has on the world.

My DES116 class strongly emphasizes designing something human centered . Our final project is a package design for a product that is supposed to be human centered. I’ve heard my professor repeat herself numerous times, “But how is this going to help others?”.

Before even taking the class, I knew I wanted to do something related to cosmetics or fashion. But after hearing my professor state how most girls choose to do cosmetics, I decided to change my mind. Even though it was something that interested me a lot, there are enough all natural beauty products with eco-friendly packaging out there.

For my product I decided to do all-natural cough drops for children. I chose this for 2 reasons. First, most cough drops available are full of sugar which wouldn’t be healthy to consume while you’re sick. Second, there aren’t a lot of cough drops available for children to eat and it’s not safe for them to pop the cough drop into their mouth without risk of choking.

It was difficult to separate from the idea of designing a package for a beauty product but I realized the product I chose would benefit and help people a lot more. So even though I won’t be saving lives in the hospital, I know I can still be helping the world. Whether it’s making their experience using a product easier or designing something that can actually help others.

Part II

To what extent does the television designed by Papanek and his students empower its users?

By designing a television that is inexpensive, it allows for a wider range of users to have access to it. People who did not have the resources to have access to a television now have opportunity to have access to it. A low cost television set can help many people, especially since it was to be used to educational purposes. Many companies try to make a profit so they make the product much more expensive than it actually costs to produce it, limiting its access to only people who have an advantage and the capabilities of affording it.

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