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posted on 27.09.2018, 10:39 by Joanna BoehnertJoanna Boehnert
This article argues that designers are currently not able to effectively address contemporary environmental and social problems due to the systemic priorities of the design industry. Despite the fact that emergent cognitive and perceptual capacities enable a greater understanding of complexity and design practice evolves creating potential for social and technological innovation, the structural dynamics of the design industry reproduce conditions of deep unsustainability. In this article,“design” is theorized as the professional practice of creating new products, buildings, services, and communication. This is a broader practice than the work that is produced within the “design industry.” The design industry operates according to highly reductive feedback generated by capitalism that systemically ignores signals from the ecological and social systems. The exclusive focus on profit and quantitative economic growth results in distortions of knowledge and reason thereby undermining prospects for the design of long-term prosperity. Redirected design practice could be an antidote to this dilemma by transforming the system that determines what is designed. This article provides an overview of the political and economic dynamics that are relevant to designers concerned with sustainability.

History

School

  • The Arts, English and Drama

Department

  • Arts

Published in

Design Philosophy Papers

Volume

12

Issue

2

Pages

119 - 136

Citation

BOEHNERT, J., 2014. Design vs. the design industry. Design Philosophy Papers, 12(2), pp. 119-136.

Publisher

© Bloomsbury. Published by Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2014

Notes

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Design Philosophy Papers on 29 Apr 2015, available online: https://doi.org/10.2752/144871314X14159818597513.

eISSN

1448-7136

Language

en