Quote of the week

“The systems that fail are those that rely on the permanency of human nature, and not on its growth and development”

– Oscar Wilde

How Designers Think, Fourth Edition: The Design Process Demystified by Bryan Lawson

Classifying design by its end product seems to be rather putting the cart before the horse, for the solution is something which is formed by the design process and has not existed in advance of it. The real reason for classifying design in this way has less to do with the design process but instead a reflection on out increases specialized technologies. Engineers are different from architects not just because they may use a different design process but more importantly because they understand about different materials and requirements. Unfortunately this sort of specialization can easily become a strait jacket for designers, directing their metal process toward a predefined goal. It is thus to easy for architects to assume that the solution to a clients problem is a new building. Often it is not!

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Quote of the week

“Neo-liberal pro-rich reform in the 1980s. According to World Bank data, the world economy used to grow in per capita terms at over 3 per cent during the 1960s and 70s, while since the 1980s it has been growing at the rate of 1.4 per cent per year”

– Ha-Joon Chang – Faculty of Economics and Politics, University of Cambridge

Quote of the week – Free markets and democracy

“And so, the balance of business expenditures shifts from product research to market research. The television commercial has oriented business away from making products of value and toward making consumers feel valuable, which means that the business of business has now become pseudo-therapy.”

– Neil Postman