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Podding about a more sustainable design

Podding about a more sustainable design

In a pod interview with the graphic designer and educator, Tove Martens, we discuss how to reach a more responsible and sustainable design. We address problems regarding conventional education in general and design academia in particular, and we examine the design practice and its relation to capitalism and modernity.

Why is design history so focused on heroes and why are they always white men? Why are white men still the ones to decide what constitutes good design for everyone in the world? Why is the heritage of the Enlightenment still so present today?

Why an interview about design?

New media and ICTs have a massive impact on the development in different societies globally. Therefore, we must critically examine the professionals behind these technologies – one being the designer. The designer is a key player in creating both the technology and content, and has the power to foster some real change. So I wonder, why don’t we see more responsible and sustainable design? And how much can we blame design education for all this?

Listen to us discussing the power dynamics at play in design education and design practice. And how we can restructure these dynamics in order to move towards a more responsible and sustainable design:

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Readings used for quotes and inspiration to the pod discussions:

Birhane, Abeba – The Algorithmic Colonization of Africa

Brock, André – Beyond the Pale

Chin, Elizabeth – Using Fiction to Explore Social Facts in The Routledge Companion to Digital Ethnography

Denskus, Tobias – Aidnography

Epstein, David – Range

Escobar, Arturo – Designs for the Pluriverse

Freire, Paulo – Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Graham, Mark – Digital Economies at Global Margins

Kumar, Anu – Think Global Health

Manyozo, Linje – Communicating Development with Communities

Noble, Safiya Umoja – Algorithms of Oppression

Tunstall, Elizabeth (Dori) – Decolonizing Design Innovation: Design Anthropology, Critical Anthropology and Indigenous Knowledge in Design Anthropology

Willis, Anne-Marie – Transition Design