Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Design is the Problem
Just sticking this here mostly so I dont lose track of it. Am just starting a project to do with sustainable design and I wish Nathan Shedrof's book was already out just the contents page is a really helpful framing of the issues but at least there is a webinar next week. If you cant wait here is an interview.
The one thing I dont think he is covering (that I found his site while searching around) is the idea that design REALLY is the problem: innovation, the endless spewing of new fashions and designs. If there was only one mobile phone design (open source) allowed in the world:
1. parts, tooling and efficiency, not to mention costs would improve
2. no more fashion cycles, design for obsolescence
3. many people would customise their own artifact, to add personality
I guess what i just said was the idea behiond the Volkswagen. Does anybody have anything recent/interesting on this subject? Regulators could look at this - what is the environmental cost of having more than one phone design in the world? I've posted before on wartime economy standards in book production. I guess you would need a slightly more Maoist approach to regulation (not light touch).