“Many who practice design soon discover that they yearn to be involved much earlier in a client’s problem-solving process—well before the point when clients think “design” is needed and may have a preconceived solution in mind. Designers want to—and should—contribute to defining the true nature of the client’s problem. Designers are uniquely capable of approaching such problems holistically, possessing skills that include creativity, empathy and the ability to make ideas visual and accessible. Designing incorporates branding, positioning, strategic choices and human experiences over simply producing designed artifacts.”—
(Well, I’ve always thought like this. I have no desire to make pretty things unless they are part of a more complex solution. Was the entire profession not aware of this for the past 20 years? Did designers just want to make pretty things?)
“We had the exact same template as that of our sister publication Deer & Deer Hunting,” says Lasky. According to Singer, “We always treated the site like a repository for magazine content, which is exactly what you’re not supposed to do.”
This thinking by publishers, not becoming more than print, is going to kill a bunch more magazines!
“Go to graduate school, you spend… Five to ten years satisfying a bunch of people so that they’ll say yes at the end of that period. You finally get done with that, and you go and you’re finally on the other side of the table. This is your first chance to really be teaching, not as an assistant, but in your own right. Your first chance to really experience the enormous exhilaration and terror of being the professional. And where are you? You are told that you have six years now to once again persuade a bunch of gray-haired people somewhere that they should say yes. So you are put yet again in what is a very, very quintessentially infantalizing position. And you are told throughout that six years, if any of you have been there, “Be careful. Don’t — just publish your PhD, if you can. Don’t get caught up, and by all means, avoid any subjects that are in the least bit whatever. Wait, wait until you get tenure.”
At 35, if you’re lucky, you finally get this damn thing. And at 35, it’s a bit late to start learning what it is to have the courage. What happens to people instead is, once they get it, man, they are gonna hold onto it. So we have… a world where nobody looks at what it actually does. The worst thing about tenure is not lifetime appointment; it is what it does to people in the process of getting it. And that’s completely at odds with what presumably its purpose is.”—Elizabeth Coleman on the problem of the tenure process
“This mix — oversimplification of civic engagement, idealization of the expert, fragmentation of knowledge, emphasis on technical mastery, neutrality as a condition of academic integrity — is deadly. When it comes to pursuing the vital connections between the public good and education, between intellectual integrity and human freedom, between thought and action, the very idea of the educated generalist disappears and the very conditions of an active citizenry, which are the maximum development of our fundamental human capacities to reason, to imagine, to communicate, to understand, to act about things that are of shared human concern. In its place, we have armies of self-perpetuating secular priesthoods who are answerable only to themselves, talk only to themselves and have the single objective of “furthering their discipline.”
“As negotiators gather in Copenhagen to mull the future of the planet, a Danish design school is mounting the argument that, as it relates to reducing the environmental impact of consumption, function follows form.”
“Sitting in my studio in Arnhem, I remember opening the small but thick envelope, posted in Berlin. I took out some copies of the little type specimen 5 Dutch Type Designers, the ﬁrst ever FontFont type specimen. It was beautifully designed by Just van Rossum, measuring 9,9 by 21 cm and printed on low white book paper in dark red and black.”
Never has so small a type specimen book been so well remembered…
Gold, tin and other metals are mined in the Congo under horrible conditions and with much environmental degradation to land and water. These minerals eventually end up in electronics and other devices and products used in the developed world. But the profits from this mining is what is funds the war in the Congo. Like “blood diamonds”, it is now time for manufacturers of electronic products, jewelry, and other products to track the source of the gold they buy.
I would go out of my way to buy a DSLR or other digital device to know it played no role in the killing and raping of millions of people. via PDN
“I asked these doctors what they do in their own homes to reduce risks. They said that they avoid microwaving food in plastic or putting plastics in the dishwasher, because heat may cause chemicals to leach out. And the symposium handed out a reminder card listing “safer plastics” as those marked (usually at the bottom of a container) 1, 2, 4 or 5. It suggests that the “plastics to avoid” are those numbered 3, 6 and 7 (unless they are also marked “BPA-free”). Yes, the evidence is uncertain, but my weekend project is to go through containers in our house and toss out 3’s, 6’s and 7’s.”
Christopher Breen: “…there are a handful of ways to become an Internet pariah in a very short period of time. In the hope that you might not fall into some of these traps, allow me to enumerate those ways.”