Political designs

Last March, Jennie Winhall asked the fascinating question "Is design political?" in an article for the design journal Core77.

We should all be aware of the potential impacts of poor design, or the role of design in symbolic politics and agitprop; much less acknowledged are the more insidious effects of design-as-environment.

All underscore Winhall's point: design is a powerful tool with significant political implications. She argues this gives designers political and social responsibilities that are virtually ignored in the design industry today.

While I'm not in a position to pass judgment on that industry, so many aspects of design are inherent to teaching that I think educators would benefit from listening to her argument.

When was the last time you used PowerPoint, or moved chairs into a circle?

Thanks to Josh Porter for the link (he also has an interesting follow-up to Winhall).