Social Design

Before you read this, keep in mind that “social design” is not to be confused with “social media” design.

I’ve been thinking about the social design space recently, and note the Curry Stone Design Prize which is now in its fifth year as realizing solid definitions there. The following quotes were notable to me. -JM

“We're not asked to just do a design; we're asked to come up with the question that we need to solve.”
--Alejandro Aravena

“A designer doesn't necessarily create things or discover stuff: you identify the potential in a particular material.”
--Luyanda Mpahlwa

“Design is a subversive practice. It has the power to imagine reality arranged in a different order of values.”
--Antonio Scarponi

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I made a snapshot of the confluence of design and computation back in 2004:

Copyright 2013, John Maeda