I skipped the Boy Scouts too!
December 16, 2008 3:05 PM Subscribe
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channels Ivan Illich
on design, professionalization, and why he stopped joining clubs.
An occasionally self-indulgent but ultimately thoughtful take on why professional design societies get it wrong, why contests are bad, and why good design doesn't always equal sustainability in developing nations.
Related: Stairs's critique of Cooper-Hewitt's 2007 "Design for the Other 90%"
Ironically, it is from the “developing world” that some of the best curative proposals have emerged (Illich himself worked in Mexico). When I consider deprofessionalizing, I’m drawn to Arvind Lodaya’s letter to a British design student where he says: “I think that as long as design is positioned as a ’service’ that requires a ‘client’ with a typical ‘problem’ or ‘brief’ that she ’solves’ using her ’skills’, there is no way out. Unfortunately, all the well-intentioned efforts made by teachers like myself to sensitize students about the global situation and the role played by design in creating it as such etc. etc., fail as long as this model is perpetuated - even subconsciously.”
Via Design Observer