Tuesday, December 9, 2003

Thinking about ...

We tend to take the speech of a Chinese for inarticulate gurgling. Someone who understands Chinese will recognise language in what he hears. Similarly I often cannot discern the humanity in a man. (Wittgenstein, Culture and Value, 1914)

Critical design, or design that asks carefully crafted questions and makes us think, is just as difficult and just as important as design that solves problems and finds answers Its purpose is to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public Critical design takes as its medium social, psychological, cultural, technical and economic values, in an effort to push the limits of lived experience not the medium. (Dunne and Raby, Design Noir, 2001)

The speed which is relevant to power is speed in pursuit and speed to grasp ... different from speed in grasping or seizing, though allied to it, is the sudden unmasking of an opponent ... it is pursuit narrowed and concentrated into a small space; speed here has become drama. (Canetti, Crowds and Power, 1960)

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