Associate Prof. of Social-Ecological History and Design
The oil economy is a linchpin for Modern Design. Its energy powered the life cycle of 20th century material culture. It made possible every step of the design process from imagining to extraction, processing, production, use, maintenance, and disposal. Underlying the oil economy and the life patterns it supports is the assumption that the Earth is ours for the using with no consequences.
How is the oil debacle in the Gulf of Mexico affecting you professionally and personally?
SVA Interaction Design Student
Clint gave the final word
I think framing is vastly underused. I wonder how many oil spill protesters are driving to their protests… Can we connect things like this Putting a Face on the Gulf Oil Leak to making a business decision or buying a product? Can information visualizations showing the terrifying path of earth’s resources convince the public’s everyday decisions? The frame needs to be widened, in an easily understandable, self-threatening, self-motivating way, to show how everything adds up. I think this could alter the demand and supply, and give designers along with everyone else the dematerialisation instinct.
Friday, June 4 at 10:45pm
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