YES. This is great. New language for new practices. Clarifying and specifying. This is only great news.
Alright. Finally a step in the right direction. John Cary, the founder of Public Interest Design (a blog documenting the growing movement at the intersection of design and service) has curated a glossary of social impact design terminology. While the practice of “social design” has been in existence for quite some time, we, as both educators and practitioners, have long-lacked a common vocabulary to describe our approaches.
Yes, once again, designers are the problem. I’m not talking about the designers who created this surprisingly controversial identity. I’m talking about everyone else. I’m talking about the haters. Designers who want the profession—and themselves—to be taken seriously need to be asking questions that get to the core of the motivations and goals that frame a project before passing judgment on the outcome. Otherwise our “criticism” is simply subjective. And if and when we do criticize the work of fellow professionals, we should strive to do so in an informed and civil manner.
There are just so many good quotes in this piece! Read it!!!!
There is confusion between having an opinion and having a relevant opinion,” said Correa. “This results in even less productive social discourse around everything—not just design; it’s a basic misunderstanding of democracy.
This is a great exploration of public discourse (if you can call it that?) surrounding a new logo/identity system for the University of California. Christopher Simmons unpacks the controversy well. Bravo! Great piece.