The Politics of Design and the Design of Politics

“I am saying that Mill and de Beauvoir show why designers must take the politics of design seriously and not delegate the responsibility for their politics to others. Design is political, thus designers must be ready, willing, and able to recognize and justify the politics of their designs.”

“it means that designers should take the problem of paternalism more seriously and not imagine that working with stakeholders and with experts does as much to resolve the problem as they might hope. Rather than trying to avoid taking responsibility for their paternalism, design students should instead be taught how to embrace their responsibility and how to justify their decisions more honestly. But that would of course require giving philosophy professors like me more than the one or two brief meetings with students that we are typically allotted in design modules, if we are allotted such meetings at all.”