Design Responsibility Tomorrow
Article by: Veronique Vienne
Pages 244 - 245

Table of Contents

Summary

To sum up this publication, Veronique Vienne discusses the future of design responsibility, the shifting focus from modernity to sustainability. She talks about how communities around the world have been utilizing recycled goods, with both positive and negative effects. What Vienne claims is that “for designers, it comes down to designing products that are easy to assemble - and easy to dismantle”[1] . In order to address escalating waste-management issues, designers need to focus on eco-consciousness instead of just aesthetic beauty, and this gives designers “a chance to spread their wings at last. No longer relegated to making products merely profitable and appealing, they’ll be inspired to imagine the future”[2] .

Analysis

A statement on the future of the design industry, this closing article is effective in turning readers' eyes towards the future: what is being worked on now and what can be created in the future. Vienne expresses her hopes that increasing environmental awareness will bring about the advent of more liberated design philosophies, but her words stand on a shaky premise; "eco-consciousness" is arguably no less constricting than aesthetic concerns, as more and more regulations put in place to achieve "green" status may limit design options.

References

  • Heller, Steven (2003). "In A Continuous State of Becoming", Steven Heller and Veronique Vienne, Citizen Designer.

  1. ^ Heller 2003, p. 245
  2. ^ Heller 2003, p. 245