1000 Words: A [Reluctant?] Manifesto for Sustainability in Design

1000 Words
Allan Chochinov
of Core77 writes:

I don’t like the word manifesto. It reeks of dogma and rules—two things I instinctually reject. I do love the way it puts things on the line, but I don’t like lines, or groups. So a manifesto probably isn’t for me. The other thing about manifestos is that they appear (or are written so as to appear) self-evident. This kind of a priori writing is easy, since you simply lay out what seems obviously—even tautologically—true. Of course, this is the danger of manifestos, but also what makes them fun to read. And fun to write. So I’ll write this manifesto. I just might not sign it.

In exactly 1000 words, Allan makes the following observations:

  • Hippocratic Before Socratic
  • Stop Making Crap
  • Systems Before Artifacts
  • Teach Sustainability Early
  • Screws Better Than Glues
  • Design for Impermanence
  • Balance Before Talents
  • Metrics Before Magic
  • Climates Before Primates
  • Context Before Absolutely Everything

Here’s one more quote:

…designers are feeding and feeding this cycle, helping to turn everyone and everything into either a consumer or a consumable. And when you think about, this is kind of grotesque. “Consumer” isn’t a dirty word exactly, but it probably oughta be.

Read the entire post for the 1000 details.

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