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Design, change and politics

“Everyone designs who devises courses of action aimed at changing existing situations into preferred ones.” This was the answer given by Herbert Simons, one of the most influential social scientists of the 20th century, when asked to define design. But for Anne-Marie Willis, a design writer, activist and teacher at various universities, this does not go far enough. In her editorial for the new issue of the online magazine Design Philosophy Papers, she calls for a new self-confidence, a new assessment of design. Focusing on the theme of ‘Design, change and politics’, the issue as a whole asks what design’s basic role should be in the future and examines the potentially problematic environmental impact of our current understanding of design. Other contributors include: Mahmoud Keshavarz and Ramia Maze; Matt Kiem, Guilherme C. Meyer and Alice T. Cybis Pereira; Filipe Campello Xavier da Costa and Celso Carnos Scaletsky, and Fernando Secomandi. SoS

Team D/E/S (Ed.)
Design Philosophy Papers 1/2013 (Design, change and politics)
ISSN 1448-7136 

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