… Since this discussion came up I’ve been thinking about Design Philosophy and how this applies to a persons life and lifestyle decisions a fair bit.
I’m about to get started on a 10,000 word paper and in a last minute panic am considering changing my subject to something concerning this area. So I figured it’d benefit all if I put a few thoughts and questions out there and try and get this discussion moving again.
A portion of the above comments have talked about the subject of Design Philosophy with a focus on commercial products. Yet I think this subject allows for a far broader scope, in that the product in question is that of moral, ethics and actions of a person influenced by a ‘design state of mind’. Even as designers, I imagine our definition of design will vary from person to person here resulting in different and conflicting conclusions.
I have thought about this for a while, ever since being introduced to the design process and designers way of thinking and doing. Though am wary of the bias of such a viewpoint, to the point where I’m questioning whether writing a 10,000 paper on this subject could result in a a load of self-obsessed drivel.
I’m convinced design influences a lot of what I do, say and think. Yet I can’t quite pin point my finger on why, where and how. And it’s this I’d like to explore. And whether if the fact that design can influence a person and moral and ethical decisions then what does this mean for designs role within other areas outside of commercial products - public sector, society, economics etc.
To understand the greater context in which you exist. Your work is but one thread in a greater tapestry, weather the CEO cares or not is irrelevant to that truth. Understanding that fabric is key to figuring out into the great scheme of things. Past, Present, and tomorrow.
I think Yo!'s comment above summarises what I’d like to explore here. I know there is something around this subject though right now I’m having trouble grasping what that might be, and in typical designer style I’d like to get it all organized in to some form of digestible order. I don’t think this area is talked about enough, and when it is, it usually involves business and products in some way or other, which I don’t see as the right context for such a philosophy.
So what does everyone think, does this resonate with anyone? Or do you smell bullshit?