More to “Design Responsibility”
Quote from Elisabeth:
“It just brings to light what a lot of us already think ; that we have a much greater and important role to play in the society. It just says ” Come on you guys ! Let’s face our responsibilities”.
It is exactly the same thing as she’s saying : design, graphic design, visual communication… isabout problem solving and it rarely gets to look at the real problems. It is, not entirely, but highly “misguided” and it needs to be balanced, to change. This is REALITY !”
I believe that we as designers are not only there to make things “nice” I hate if I hear a friend/client…saying “just make it look nice” first of all I get disturbed by the word “just” because in some cases it devalues our work. I know there are certain things that have to be designed quick and nice and their purpose is not so important. But lets talk about things that are important. We can play an important role in the field of Problem Solving issues. Where does our responsibility start?
I think it is always the right time to stand up for certain ideals it naive, one should always try to get in the claws of a big retailer and become small slave of the industry. I know it is al about the money but I also believe if you have a strong focus and you know what you want then get together with right people and do it. It is the more uncomfortable road to take but do we want to choose the easy way out? I have been to a great talk recently, it was from the design studio Mind Design”. These guys are really doing great stuff and they are very small and they will stay very small and they don`t earn a lot of money but they are true to themselves. They said, that they don`t understand why people (Ba students or even MA students) come to them and want to do an internship. Some of the applicants where so good/talented that they could start their own business. The best thing for them to get experience would be to do an internship at a Printer! And that we should have more cuts and get started instead of hesitating and doing one internship after another and end up in a position where we never wanted to be.
But now I drifted away from the the problem solving issue but what I wrote or trying to say is that out start is the beginning of taking responsibility in Design! Here is the movie about the toxic products we use and we design (package)
Take a look at this webpage it really wakes you up!