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Y Unit 14: Relevant quotes

Relevant quotes

“Unprecedented environmental, social and cultural crises demand our attention. Many cultural interventions, social marketing campaigns, books, magazines, exhibitions, educational tools, television programs, films, charitable causes and other information design projects urgently require our expertise and help.”

First Things First Manifesto 2000, “Emigre,” 1999, # 51

“Designers are the mediators of our daily experience. The easier my compost bucket is to use, the more comfortable my ride on the bus, and the more appealing my reusable grocery bag, the more likely I am to participate in environmentally sound practices. Designers cary a heavy responsibility, but at the same time they can offer our future the greatest gift.”

Gavin Newsom, Lt. Gavernor of California [in: Just Design by Christopher Simmons]

“Now is the time for designers to step up and use what they know how to do to help shape a positive future for people and the planet.”

John Bielenberg [in: Just Design by Christopher Simmons, p. 1]

“Why ‘social design’ here, now? What is society today, in certain parts of the world, such that it is not unusual to think that designers might have a role to play in reforming society? What is design that designers think reformed sociality is the outcome, if not also the means, of what designers do?”

Cameron Tonkinwise, Director of Design Studies, Carnegie Mellon University, ‘Social Design and the Age of Neoliberalism’, [in: Social Design Futures, HEI Research and the AHRC by Leah Armstrong Jocelyn Bailey Guy Julier Lucy Kimbell, p. 3]

“Social design cannot be a subspecialty of the design profession (like graphic design, package design, product design, service design, and so on), but is a larger activity that depends upon design in all its forms–thought, processes, tools, methodologies, skills, histories, systems–to contribute to the needs of larger society. It implies at once an attitude and an approach to life: as such, it can help us frame how we want to live in the future. It is therefore inherently pragmatic and results-oriented, simultaneously humble and ambitious, and fundamentally optimistic and forward-looking.”

William Drenttel [in Designing for Social Change by Andrew Shea, p. 7]

“This is not to suggest that so-called ‘good’ design is necessarily better design; bus schedules, product labels, freeway signs and ballots are all critical elements of our designed society. In these experiences there can be no righteousness. They are, importantly, neutral. Nevertheless, they require skillful design—just as the most mundane products and incidental experiences must also be designed. Collectively these fabricate the visual landscape of our culture.”

Christopher Simmons, Just Design p. 4

“Creative for the sake of being creative is fine, but here, the creative has to serve the mission.”

Diana Berno, [in: Just Design by Christopher Simmons, p. 186, 2011]

“I want designers to rewrite the rule book, cut back on the idle talk and engage the world as creative citizens.”

Emily Pilloton, [in: Just Design by Christopher Simmons, p. 76, 2011]

“We need to learn and see designers as creators in the service of society, where — according to contemporary sociology — ‘everybody is a designer’” …

Ezio Manzini, Alternatywne światy, “2+3D” nr 13, p. 52

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