Monday, September 7, 2009

Do Good Design

I just finished reading the first sections of Do Good Design and I like how the author's message is for "designers, for those who buy design and for those who consume design" because its not just one party responsible for the current design issues and solutions. I never really took the time to consider the impact of design but from reading this article and the other articles we have been assigned for this class it has made me consider from all angles the part it plays in life. It's a little surprising to hear about how much influence design has over things. I really loved this book so far. I like how it examines work from various designers and discusses the impact they have on the world. It speaks about issues of kind of false advertising or twisted messages and some of it is really appauling. I like how this author uses concrete examples of problems poor design causes such as the ballot incident in the 2000 U.S. presidential election. I think this author makes an impact by presenting real examples of problematic design instead of hypothetical and vague descriptions. Designers really can help influence positive choices if they chose to. I found it interesting to read that all tobacco advertising likely to be viewed by children in Canada is illegal where parents have to filter what their children see in Western societies. Just another example of the positives and negatives of living in different countries. Yeah it's great to be able to make our own decisions but at the same time exposure to things has the power to sway decisions too. It is like a slap in the face to our human civilizations that brag about all our modern advances and such when we are so behind in preserving the earth and our resources that support our modern technology.

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