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The best way to predict the future is to design it

The best way to predict the future is to design it

Year: 2016

Section: Design, Emotion and Philosophy

Editor: Boks, Casper; Sigurjonsson, Johannes; Steinert, Martin; Vis, Carlijn; Wulvik, Andreas

Author: Fossland, Alexander Jayko; Sigurjónsson, Jóhannes B.

Series: NordDESIGN

Institution: NTNU, Norway

Section: Design, Emotion and Philosophy

Pages: 073-082

ISBN: 978-1-904670-80-3

Abstract

This article discusses perspectives, and principles of R. Buckminster Fuller´s philosophy and possible implications on the future role of industrial design. The article is aimed at professional designers and students of design, looking to challenge their philosophical basis for design practice.

The point of departure is an existentialistic question for the design profession. What one should design towards in general terms and what rationale can back up designing in general?

The background is a review of texts by R. Buckminster Fuller, including also ideas from Design for the Real World by Victor Papanek. The following discussion is inspired by concepts from the book “Open Design Now” by van Abel, Evers, Klaassen and Troxler. Current trends in design and technology; digital fabrication, open source, open design and blockchain technology increase the freedom of the designer, but also the responsibility. These may be seen as potential remedies for humanity’s shortcomings in sustainably operating Spaceship Earth.

Finally we can conclude with the fact that we are collectively going to design our future. What we want this future to be is up to us; we should consider truthfully what is important, and what is not. We should also in our pursuit of constructive practice, allow ourselves the privileged of letting go of “lovingly administered nonsense

Keywords: Design philosophy, Ephemeralization, Real Wealth, Open Design, Digital Fabrication.

ds conferenceNEW DATE: NordDesign 2016, 10th - 12th August 2016, Trondheim, Norway.

NEW DATE: NordDesign 2016, 10th - 12th August 2016, Trondheim, Norway.Welcome to NordDesign 2016. We are pleased to announce that NordDesign 2016 will be hosted in the beautiful city of Trondheim on 10th-12th August 2016. The conference will take place at NTNU and is organised by the Department of Product Development and Materials in collaboration with the Department of Product Design. We are calling for evidence based academic work on topical issues on design, development and innovation that strengthens both our theoretical understanding and the connection between...

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