Kan en bog skrevet i 1971 og revideret i 1985 dække vores behov for viden om digital design? Victor Papanek (1923 – 1998) var en stærk fortaler for ansvarlig design – både socialt og økologisk ansvarlig – og kaldte sin bog Design for the Real World – design til den virkelige verden, den verden vi mennesker bebor. Efter vi læser en bog der hedder Evil by Design i oktober, er vi måske klar til lidt mere ansvarlighed i det nye år.
Design for the Real World udkom først i 1971, er oversat til 23 sprog, og er på pensum i mange skoler for design og arkitektur. På goodreads.com kan man sågar læse en kommentar, der siger, at “denne bog ændrede hvordan jeg underviser i design”.
[Papanek] disapproved of manufactured products that were unsafe, showy, maladapted, or essentially useless. His products, writings, and lectures were collectively considered an example and inspired many designers. Papanek was a philosopher of design and as such he was an untiring, eloquent promoter of design aims and approaches that would be sensitive to social and ecological considerations. He wrote that “design has become the most powerful tool with which man shapes his tools and environments (and, by extension, society and himself)”.
“One of my first jobs after leaving school was to design a table radio,” Papanek wrote in Design for the Real World. “This was shroud design: the design of external covering of the mechanical and electrical guts. It was my first, and I hope my last, encounter with appearance design, styling, or design ‘cosmetics’.” And further, he opined: “Only a small part of our responsibility lies in the area of aesthetics.”
Hvor tit tænker en designer på hvad mennesker virkelig behøver. Har vi i Danmark, i Europa, i Vesten, et “problem “problem ligesom Silicon Valley, som Riva-Melissa Tez skrev på Medium?
Papanek smider en udfordring til alle designere i den allersidste afsnit af hans bog (s. 346-347).
Design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, mst be revolutionary and radical in the truest sense. […] The insights, the broad, nonspecialized, interactive overview of a team (heritage of early man, the hunter) that the designer can bring to the world must now be combined with a sense of social responsibility. In many areas designers must learn how to redesign. In this way we may yet have survival through design.
Bog: “Design for the Real World” (1971)
Forfatter: Victor Papanek
Tid: TBD januar 2018, kl. 19.00
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