Social role of design

Front cover of the Elisava journal“The aim is not to come up with ground-breaking ideas, but ideas that work, that are useful to others and can be implemented”. This is how the article by Morer, Rodriguez-Ferradas and Cazon begins. At the heart of this statement is human-centred design. While their examples of success stories are not about universal design per se, they are examples of including people in designs who are often left out. The examples are interesting and include a wheelchair for table tennis players, and an infant warmer as an alternative to an incubator where there is no electricity. The article concludes by claiming that young designers are living in an increasingly complex world and becoming more socially aware. Therefore they can reflect this in their designs. Perhaps the challenge is for established lecturers in the discipline?

The article is published in English in a Spanish design publication, Elisava Temes de Disseny.

Showing three views of a wheelchair for table tennis players