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Last night I attended the screening and director Q/A of Objectified, the new documentary from Helvetica director Gary Hustwit.
See it. It’s great.
If you at all liked Helvetica, you will certainly like Objectified. It not only has nerd love for industrial design and designers but it asks the questions that are just starting to be adressed in the design community: how do we design products for a world that throws them away? When most products end up in a landfill within years of their purchase, how do we change our design process, methods and materials? No answers are given but the designers intrviewed are growing increasingly aware of the problem. Ideas such as cardboard cell phones were presented that take into account the short life span of modern electronic products.
The director Q/A really left me with one big takeaway. That as designers, our role is to solve problems for the mass market. We find the answers to the tough problems and in this, we improve the future for us all. That is what is needed now more than ever and not just in industrial design or graphic design but in the design of public policy and economics and business. We care about all the details that matter to a successful future and we must insert that care into all aspects of our society.
So please see Objectified and show it to your non-designer friends who will gain new respect for the details in everything.
And most importantly, get designing!
Kennedy’s Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara has died at 93. As a random coincidence, over the weekend I watched The Fog of War, the amazing documentary on McNamara’s life, his mistakes and the lessons learned. It’s truly frightening how close we came to Nuclear war in the 60s. I can’t recommend it highly enough.
You should definitely add The Fog of War to your netflix queue.