Design and Politics

How closely related is design with politics?

I’m doing some research on the Chinese design industry. Some people say that Chinese design could succeed further if the country renewed/changed their government. I.e. from Communist to Democratic/Capitalistic.

It has been said that the Hong Kong handover has stunted the creativity of some Hong Kong artists.

Excuse my naivety, but living in the UK all my life has made it difficult for me to see the impact of politics on design.

How closely related is design with politics?
Any interesting stories?

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pretty influential :slight_smile: in russia before “perestrojka” import of anything was banned since maybe late 30th. total absence of competition inside as well. and thats just for starters.

absence inside, but not outside. i’ve been thinking about Paper Architecture alot lately. applied to ID. and forced by corporate pressure. but thats different discussion.

yeah. thats where goverment backed commercial espionage comes into play. or just plain rip off like ww II when complete factories were “relocated” a bit etc.

Huh?

yep…just kinda picked up the factories and moved them a bit…needed to rebuild the country somehow, and that was their solution. Yes, and import of anything wasn’t banned-banned. Lets say it was limited, the “limitedness” varied from one gen. secretary to another.

Lenin was one of the greatest minds of XX century…appreciated art and such, after the revolution, constructivism flourished, lots of great and influential stuff was done in art, cinema, design, all under his support…and it all disappears when Stalin comes to power – an uneducated man barely able to write, he changed the party line and he definitely didn’t dig the new Bolshevik art….then there’re rip offs of FIAT stuff for a couple of decades…Politics does change a lot and I think Soviet Russia is one of the best examples of that.

“Lenin was one of the greatest minds of XX century…appreciated art and such, after the revolution, constructivism flourished, lots of great and influential stuff was done in art, cinema, design, all under his support…and it all disappears when Stalin comes to power”


When the govenment controls and industry, that industry is directly influenced by any changes in the government.

The further removed the government is from an industry the less influence it has over it…obviously.

So in the case os a soccialist or communist system, where every industry is state owned and competition is nonexistant, design and art become superfluose. If that nation runs into tough times, it becomes and extravegence that cannot be afforded. The irony is that with out it, why bother.

As Frank Lloyd Write once said, “as long as we have the luxeries in life, the neccessities will prety much take care of themselves”…hardcore Americana right there.

In the case of a capitalistic nation, design can become a point of differentiation. Consider this, what is the differnence between a 39.99 folding chair from Sears, and a $500 metal chair from Design Within Reach (DWR.com) they both will hold a person, but only one will uplift that person. That intangability has value only in a system that doesn’t pander to the lowest common denomonator. The beauty of the capitalist system is that both extremes can co-exist, both companies can be successfull, and both consumers can be totally happy. There is no ONE corect design, rather there is a correct design for every individual, at every individual momment.


John Kerry, George Bush, and Tony Blair will effect art and design very little, if at all, and you should be thankful, you’ve seen the way the dress. How many power ties can one man own?[quote][/quote]

“what is the differnence between a 39.99 folding chair from Sears, and a $500 metal chair from Design Within Reach (DWR.com) they both will hold a person, but only one will uplift that person.”

Love that line yo! I am going to use it in a presintation!

It’s a little cheese, but hey, if design doesn’t go there, who will… engineering? marketing?

most likely engineering…look at the military :bulb:

China is the most over-rated country in the world at this moment. China this, China that. The Chinese gov’t goal is to have China as big and as brash as the west. Therefore, anything that can help this goal is a must. Pretty much everything from the west and Japan is pirated and replicated in China. For instance, a car manufacturer in China are selling similar design cars that are from Japan. Toyota is taking this company to court. Computers and software are pirated. Chinese design if you ever call it design is already succeeding by flooding the world market with cheap immitations. The Chinese gov’t has not done any to regulate its own market. Nothing original will ever come out of China.

As for your question, the more open a country is, the better the environment for designers.

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