If a thing is designed to kill you, it is, by definition, bad design.
July 28, 2015 8:53 AM Subscribe
Dear Design Student - In Praise of the AK-47 (NSFW language)
The AK-47 is often cited as a well-designed object. And this case is usually made by pointing out that the AK-47 is easy to use, maintain, take-apart, modify, and manufacture. It’s a model of simplicity. And the original design, introduced in 1948, is still in use, even as the AK family has continued evolving...
...So where is the problem? Surely, a designer’s job is to design something to the best of their ability. As a designer, you are required to do your best work. And we’ve all had to design something we weren’t too crazy about. In which case your responsibility is to improve the design. How do you improve an object that’s designed to kill without making it more efficient at killing?Mike Monteiro, echoing his How Designers Destroyed the World talk, on weapon design, and the ethical and moral responsibility of designers to "to design work that helps move humanity forward".
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