Article: dmi:Review ‘Design, Didacticism, and the Dignity of People’, 2019

Shepard Fairey’s ‘Greater Than Fear’ image from We The People Art
Shepard Fairey’s ‘Greater Than Fear’ image from We The People Art

In this article I argue that there is an orthodoxy in the design profession, which is a product of ‘not knowing what you don’t know’, a tendency to create filter bubbles, and ‘bad faith’ humanism. The design industries embrace diversity in everything except politics; users are at the centre except when their views don’t fit. I also reflect on my journey to understanding how design and politics relate and the insight that:

“while creativity and innovation are distinct domains, their potential will only be realised when the common people have political freedom”

Design, Didacticism, and the Dignity of People’ Nico Macdonald, dmi:Review, Vol.30, Issue 1, March 2019, pp.4–6 [PDF]

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Published by Nico Macdonald

Communication, facilitation and consultancy around design and technology

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