Links of Goodness

September 4th, 2014

The following is a list of readings, articles and influences on the subject of design for good that I’ve used in preparation for a presentation to the students of New Mexico Highlands University. Almost all of these topics lead back to the questions of “What is Design?”, “Where did it come from?” and “Where is it going?”.

Personally, I think Design is shifting a lot more towards being a principled mix of creativity, ethics, problem-solving and collaborative methodologies with the influence, inspiration and catalyst of the Arts.

Thought explorations indeed.

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Quotable People

Design gains value as it moves from hand to hand … if the movement 
in the work harmonizes, it gains a life of 
its own and turns into a shared experience.
Frank Chimero – The Shape of Design

Slavoj Zizek Lecture: First as Tragedy, Then as Farce; and the most excellent RSA Animates (on youtube)

If you are in a shipwreck and all the boats are gone, a piano top buoyant enough to keep you afloat that comes along makes a fortuitous life preserver. But this is not to say that the best way to design a life preserver is in the form of a piano top. …we are clinging to a great many piano tops in accepting yesterday’s ways of solving problems.

Buckminster Fuller

Notable History

Philip B. Meggs
Textbook: History of Graphic Design, 5th edition

El Lissitzky, Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge
Alexander Rodchenko
F. T. Marinetti, The Manifesto of Futurism
Dada Publisher and designer, Tristan Tzara and Raoul Hausmann
Herbert Bayer
Paul Rand
Bradbury Thompson

Ken Garland
First Things First 1964

First Things First 2000
and reactions…

Walt Kelly

Art of the Title – Soylent Green

Specialists vs. Generalists

Buckminster Fuller
Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth

Victor Papanek
Design for the Real World: Human Ecology and Social Change, 1971, New York, Pantheon Books


The Living Principles –

11 Questions – Chris Hacker…

Seeing Green: Sustainable Design Initiatives at the
University of Minnesota poster…

Project M

Brian Singer (Altitude, San Francisco)
Human-Centered Design Toolkit

Frog Design
Collective Action Toolkit

Impact Hub

A Pine Ridge Story

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