In my component of the seminar I want to get back to some fundamental questions—some very fundamental questions:
- Who do we design for, ourselves, our clients, society at large? What is the
correct balance? Is there such a thing?
- How do we measure our success as designers?
- Is design a way of life?
- And, in the end, what is design?
1. Kenya Hara. “Art and Design,” from Designing Design. Lars Muller Publishers, 2007.
A brief, and to my mind, convincing definition of the difference between art and design.
(Do not read the part after “RE-DESIGN Exhibition.”)
LINK: Hara: Art and Design.
2. Kenya Hara, “What is Design,” from Designing Design. Lars Muller Publishers, 2007.
A wonderful treatment of the question and a fascinating walk through design history as viewed by someone outside of the mainstream western culture.
LINK: Hara: What Is Design?.
3. Jorge Frascara, “Graphic Design: Fine Art or Social Science?” from The Idea of Design, A Design Issues Reader. The MIT Press, 1996.
A view of the profession from someone who has firm convictions about how we should assess the success of the products of graphic design. Can we actually measure our success?
4. Ettore Sottsass, “When I Was a Child,” from the exhibition catalogue,Man transFORMS: Aspects of Design. Cooper-Hewitt Museum, 1976.
A reminder that design is, ultimately, a distinctly human activity. You might be surprised that the author (top), a founder of the Memphis movement, made his name doing work like this:
5. Charles Eames, “Q & A,” a transcription of the brief Eames interview video (which I may or may not show!).
LINK: Eames Q&A