Design is Capitalism (

over 7 years ago from Matthew Williams, Product Designer at Etsy

  • Ben Patterson, over 7 years ago

    I think this talk is totally on point. But it begs the question, why do people think design can change the world? Where is this idea coming from?

    I would guess, I suppose, it has it's roots in the facism-tinged modernism of architects like Le Corbusier. The idea that it's possible to improve society on a grand scale just by redesigning buildings and houses. The idea that organic, vernacular design is inferior and actively worsens our lives compared to the vision of the architect.

    This probably isn't what most designers believe, but it's a potent idea that most of us are introduced to during very impressionable years. "Perhaps Le Corb was wrong... but maybe I'll get it right."

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