Megan Deal asked 29 friends to answer that question. Today she published her first submission. Take a look.
Last winter I put out a call to 29 friends around the globe to address the question of how the role of design and the designer may be shifting. The following was submitted by Pernilla Hagbert, a recently appointed Ph.D. candidate studying “homes for tomorrow,” a continuation of her Master thesis work which posits that our contemporary image of home is unsustainable when looking at global restraints on natural, human and financial resources.
Penny and I met in Hale County, Alabama in 2009, while she was designing and building at the Rural Studio.
An excellent series of thoughts from Megan Deal, a designer and educator working in Detroit. Megan illuminates a current shift in design practice that is allowing the discipline to expand into new and diverse fields within the world.
Read through this (it’s not too long!) and consider the ways in which designers can function in different scenarios and contexts.
In his article, Designers are the New Drivers of American Entrepreneurialism (October 2011), Bruce Nussbaum suggests that the melding of design with startup culture is leading innovation and raising the success rate of venture capital as high as 80%. Nussbaum cites several reoccurring patterns advancing in recent years to support this notion, including small design/innovation consultancies like Smart Design and IDEO, now developing and selling more of their own products, alongside several innovative startups being spawned by entrepreneurs with design degrees, like Tumblr, Vimeo and Airbnb. Several other examples that fall under this latter category come to mind as well, like Holstee, Dear Coffee I Love You, Best Made Co., Scout Books, and Field Notes.
Thank you all for your excellent conversation this week! It seems that we have all found some new things to inspire us and lead us through our first project. As we move through different themes over the next few weeks, keep in mind our discussions regarding Design and the world. Remember that design is all around us; nearly everything we touch, see, hear or smell is arguably a result of a design process. Remember to observe. Look around. Think about what you see.
I look forward to reconvening next week and talking about Design and art! Look for posts over the weekend relating to that topic.
A reminder of what’s due for Tuesday:
Please read Art’s Little Brother by Rick Poynor and be ready to discuss in class. Remember to print out the reading and bring a physical copy to class. No computers! As you read the article, consider the following: How is art functional? How is design expressive? How does context play into this dichotomy?
Narrow your research from The List down to three items. Further your research on these people or organizations. Make three Tumblr posts, one about each topic. These posts must be on the blog before our class meeting on Tuesday at 9am. Remember to sign your post with your name! Each post must include: 1+ image, a short description of the topic, your explanation of why you chose the topic, and, if applicable, a description of one or two projects that caught your eye. You do not need to turn in a hard copy this time.
The next few posts will feature research done by some of your classmates on topics from The List. Submit your links, thoughts, research and images here! Remember to sign your posts with your name!
See you all on Tuesday!