What is Industrial Design doing to the world’s (Or America’s at least, for the sake of this argument) perspective on key elements of life?
This came at me while watching a Best Buy commercial. You may have seen them, they have sales clerks telling stories of their customers. This one happened to be the sales clerk wanted to see the face of the man when he walked in the house and had an explosion of happiness over a 50inch plasma.
At first they seemed contrived to me… but I suddenly realized. Hell, if I walked into my room right now and saw a 50 inch plasma just for me, I’d be head over heels. I would actually be happy over a piece of glass, silicon, and molded plastic. Not something I made, just something that creates a feeling of enjoyment.
So is design, which one would might say is making people fall in love with objects, destroying our psyches or just giving us a different means of expressing love, care, whatever you want to call it. We rely so much on objects, that we actually feel a need for them. Imagine yourself suddenly stripped of all technology. Would you be able to get by?
Are we causing people to rely on technology too much? For that matter, is that even a bad thing?
Just something to think about.