Last night at the RSA, the RSA's Design & Society project launched its new project on resourcefulness, self-reliance and design with a essay by Emily Campbell: The challenge posed to design by today’s social and political agenda of inclusiveness is to ease the distinction between the professional skill of designers and the insights of users; to make these complementary and integral to the solving of problems. But the popular narrative of design history stands in marked contrast to the agenda of inclusive process.
The Designer – in fiction and often in reality – is famed for his or her passionately pursued, authentic and unique visual language. The designer is known by his or her mediated icons. The designer is famously unbending in his or her choices and only ever wears black. Despite its own rhetoric, design often disempowers us. How can it be made to do the opposite? The RSA's Design & Society team suggests that instead of designing for us, design should start from the assumption that we are not just consumers of design, we are all potential designers too.
Competition | The "You Know More Than You Think You Do" poster, given away at the launch, is designed by Anthony Burrill, and printed by hand from antique blocks in Rye. I have a signed copy to give away along with other goodies. Go to the Arts & Ecology ning site to find out how you can get it.