WANT TO CHANGE THE FUTURE?
KNOW YOUR DESIGN HISTORY
by Sara Suttle
There's general consensus that designers will have to solve complex socio-economic and environmental issues that go beyond the kinds of challenges they faced in the past. Though there aren’t tools to help solve these problems yet, design can become a critical lever for change and make society better aware of the impact of its choices on the environment and on the global community. Design can help address largely false dichotomies such as “environment vs. economic growth.” But, sustainable design cannot be achieved by technological solutions alone.
Art is rarely created in a vacuum and the past shows us that beauty and function were fully integrated. Artists, in fact, had a more holistic approach in the past.
History also teaches us that art does not happen in isolation, but takes place in a social context interacting with others. This premise induces a paradigm shift in design, in terms of perception of art as a product of an individual artist. Therefore, the lesson we take is that to solve complex issues, designers will have to show both their technical prowess and their ability to manage interactions in the workplace.