Director, Graduate Program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons The New School for Design
Design is very slippery when it comes to "measuring" participation and effectiveness, and yet this kind of assessment is central to understanding the impact of what we make, build, produce, and put out into the world. It also is a critical tool for seeking grant funding and government support from organizations like the National Endowment for the Arts. How would you measure the social impact of design if you needed to quantify its value in fostering change? Is it visits to historic buildings? Reading a well-designed magazine? Designing low-income housing units? Using a Michael Graves tea kettle from Target every morning to make tea? Redesigning a ballot?
How would you measure the social impact of design in your everyday life?
cameron gave the final word
…just as all major technological, infrastructural and business initiatives should complete ‘Social Impact Analyses.’ On that, it seems to me clear that designers must not be allowed any exceptionalism – do as other professions do, and use the tools, such as IRIS, that those other professions are slowly building consensus around, and thereby hopefully improving over time.
Wednesday, November 17 at 12:28am