I think the question is more accurately "Are designers SO naive that they think they can branch out into these fields?"jbunko wrote: Are designers just simply to naive to even consider branching out into such fields?
Interesting way of looking at things. Though I'm wary of your point of view and attitude. Designers and naivety go hand in hand. It allows us to take a step back from a situation, question and re-analyze. A stupid question never hurt anyone.I think the question is more accurately "Are designers SO naive that they think they can branch out into these fields?"
... But what about all the great product design out there! We can't let the poor performers of the world spoil it for the rest of us.It is my belief that most designers actually THINK they can do these things... but take a look at all the horrible product designs out there...
I'm going to watch that podcast when i get a chance Mr-914. As far as the economic system being artificial I do accept that, but it is dauntingly more complex than just saying that currency has no finite material backing anymore. What I find disconcerting is that it is so self-perpetuating that it is now pretty much inescapable without total collapse and a major paradigm shift. Compound that with a population size that is not sustainable outside of this economic system.Mr-914 wrote: I think the one thing that designers may be able to bring to the table is the fact that our economic system is artificial. I think the biggest road block to positive change is people thinking there is no other successful way of organising ourselves.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not under the impression that a designer and a designer alone is going to create a whole new economy. The concept of participatory democracy which was talked about in the podcast interests me and also answers your question. In which I feel design thinking has a lot to offer, not necessarily designers, but the process.What makes you think that anyone can really, "create a sustainable, post-crisis economy."
The communicating of problems is something we do in every project... What is it with designers that makes you feel they should avoid these sort of issues?I think the biggest road block to positive change is people thinking there is no other successful way of organising ourselves.
Hhhhmmm good question. Hopefully we are learning from our mistakes and the answer to this question isn't solely monetary based. Moving away from consumerism is one goal. Yet we rely on an economic system that is based around consumerism, in which we enter a viscous circle.There is certainly a successful way of organizing ourselves, but to what end, what goal?
Transparency into where these tax dollars go would be a major wake-up call for the general public.Mr-914 wrote: The only way to deal with these problems is progressive taxation to redistribute wealth and inflation to reduce the amount of credit. However, these policies are seen as anti-capitalist and anti-natural. They are, but so is our economy.