Post#5: Design and social change

In this final post for the semester, I would like you to respond to the documentary  Exit Through the Gift Shop that we viewed in class today by discussing examples/case-studies of design being used to bring about social change…

The First Things First manifesto was published by the British Designer Ken Garland in1964. It rallied against the consumerist culture that was purely concerned with buying and selling things and tried to highlight a Humanist dimension to graphic design theory. It was later updated and republished with a new group of signatories as the First Things First 2000 manifesto.

Do Good Design – David Berman (2010) looks at these issues, as he sees it: “Design matters, like never before. Designers create so much of what we see, what we use, and what we experience. In this time of unprecedented environmental, social, and economic crises, designers will choose what their young profession will be about: inventing deceptions that encourage overconsumption — or helping repair the world.”

Deadline: Tuesday 14/6, Thank you!


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