Can Design Change the World?Submitted by Katherine on Tue, 11/10/2009 - 09:35
The title of Warren Berger's recently published book, "Glimmer: How Design Can Transform Your Life and Maybe Even the World", is ambitious.
CNN recently spoke to Berger about design, technology and Bruce Mau, a designer he collaborated with to write the book.
Below is an excerpt from the interview, edited for length and clarity.
CNN: How can design change the world?
Berger: When people talk about design changing the world, it tends to sound a little grand and ridiculous, because they think of design as, in one fell swoop, changing the world and solving our problems. What design actually can do, it can solve problems on a case-by-case basis around the world. As it does that, it changes the world, because it changes the reality for people wherever the situation is happening.
If design can change water delivery in a certain part of the world, then it changes that part of the world for those people. That's the way design changes the world.
"New and improved techology, which is cheaper [than it once was], and increased connectivity, are creating a class of "citizen designers", who are looking to find solutions to old problems", Berger says.
But we didn't need him to tell us that, did we? I am proud to be a small part of The Daily Paul, where many have already been on the cusp of solving problems and changing our world!