The paper presents an alternative perspective on design, that starts from the hypothesis that design has a still little explored, that do not refer to the way designers work or think but to the power dimension that can be exercised through design. This assumption helps to focus on the contrast between the “visible” side of design that involves all its conceptual or practical manifestations, and a hidden or “invisible” side that deals with the politics is usually understated or neglected. In order to understand the balance of power we introduce insights from war theory (Rummel, 1979) (Clausewitz) (Sun Tzu) explaining its different phases as follows: 1. creating an awareness towards the presence of power, and the way power is communicated 2. activating its mechanisms, 3. enabling the manifestation of power, 4. understanding the effects and consequences seen as a readiness to accept the unknown (Taleb, 2012). We argue that the introduction of a new way of looking at the design practice is possible by becoming aware of the latent presence of power, manifesting it through communication and embracing the inevitability of unexpected changes.

Design as power. An exploration into the dark side of design., 2015.

Design as power. An exploration into the dark side of design.

GALLI F
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2015

Abstract

The paper presents an alternative perspective on design, that starts from the hypothesis that design has a still little explored, that do not refer to the way designers work or think but to the power dimension that can be exercised through design. This assumption helps to focus on the contrast between the “visible” side of design that involves all its conceptual or practical manifestations, and a hidden or “invisible” side that deals with the politics is usually understated or neglected. In order to understand the balance of power we introduce insights from war theory (Rummel, 1979) (Clausewitz) (Sun Tzu) explaining its different phases as follows: 1. creating an awareness towards the presence of power, and the way power is communicated 2. activating its mechanisms, 3. enabling the manifestation of power, 4. understanding the effects and consequences seen as a readiness to accept the unknown (Taleb, 2012). We argue that the introduction of a new way of looking at the design practice is possible by becoming aware of the latent presence of power, manifesting it through communication and embracing the inevitability of unexpected changes.
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11th European Academy of design Conference ( EAD11) Paris
Paris
2015
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11th European Academy of design Conference ( EAD11)
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9781843873938
9781843873938
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Settore ICAR/13 - Disegno Industriale
Settore SECS-P/02 - Politica Economica
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