My talk, Democratizing Design, presented April 6 at the Philosophical Society of Washington (PSW), Washington's Oldest Scientific Society, Founded 1871, with Science lectures every other Friday, has been censored. PSW has long had a channel on YouTube where they post all their science lectures. Recently, for reasons they will not reveal, YouTube removed the PSW channel. PSW cannot reach anyone at YouTube to be told the reason, and to explain that all their talks are science, not politics, scandalous, not inappropriate. The talks are given in the COSMOS Club, a distinguished organization whose members have received numerous Nobel and Pulitzer prizes. Hey YouTube! People misuse your service, but you can also misuse your censorship: you need to provide explanations and a way to get a hearing -- from a person with authority, not an algorithm. Thank you, Don, for your discussion on Democratizing Design! @jnd1er @DesignLabUCSD pic.twitter.com/g0xdZu6BZU-- PSW (@pswscience) April 7, 2018...
Other Recent Essays
- The driverless car revolution must proceed with caution
- Then and Now: The Bauhaus and 21st century design
- You can't predict the future by inventing it
- Seeing the unforeseen follies of autonomous vehicles
- Technology Forces Us To Do Things We're Bad At. Time To Change How Design Is Done
- Design, business models, and human-technology teamwork
I very much recommend the book. It tells some of the origins of today's design field when designers came from theater and advertising. When they thought big and had lofty ambitions. Szerlip's book makes it clear that Norman Bel Geddes was a brilliant and creative thinker. His $7 million design of GM's Futurama exhibit for the 1939 NY World's Fair ($120 Million in today's money) revolutionized people's thinking about the future. Would I have liked him? Probably not -- but I would have respected him.
Recent recommended readings
- Norman & Stappers (2016). DesignX: Design and complex sociotechnical systems
- Simplicity: A Matter of Design by Per Mollerup
- Positive computing: technology for wellbeing and human potential (Calvo & Peters)
- Turns Signals Are the Facial Expressions of Automobiles
- Things That Make Us Smart Available as eBook
- Scenarios of the future: Two histories of the 21st century
Keynote Addresses and Schedule
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- April 25. Plenary Discussion (Jim Guszcsa of Deloitte asking me questions: Why Medical Technology needs Human-Centered Design. Digitial MedTech Conference, 2018. San Francisco.
- May 5, 2018. Debate/Discussion with Phil Gilbert, GM of IBM Design at Savanah College of Art & Design (SCAD). (Organized by Bill Lee, Chair, design management
- May 19, 2018. Keynote on "21st Century Design" at World Innovation and Entrepreneurship EXPO, Tongji University, Shanghai.
- March 30, 2019. Krupa (Interface Conference). Kyiv (Ukraine). Keynote: "21st Century Design."