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Accomplice design or ethical design by FOROALFA
Posted by Admin On Thu 03 Jul, 2014
by Rodolfo Fernández Alvarez

The responsibility of the designers facing the last events happening in the world is vitally important. Like many professionals of other disciplines, our ethical position leads us to get involved in the changes that have been developing in the post industrial era, the climatic change, the pollution, the environmental destruction and their consequences, as well as in the effects of the overwhelming and self-destructive economic system in which we have been involved by force, which must generate profits at all costs in a short period resorting to wars and hunger in order to reach their targets; and to get involved as well in a forthcoming and contaminated technology of the system. All this implies that our vision of the project of designers might be useful to create a more human and sensible world, which is more concerned about an immediate present rather than about an uncertain future.

When I took part in the 10th Conference de ALADI, in Santiago de Chile I suggested:

The design must be the plan. The projection of positive and constructive ideas for communicating visually as well as meaning messages, and the consistent and designing method in order to produce useful objects for humanity making use of ethic and intellectual designs and making use of material resources as well which are compatible with the environment and life. The communication design and the production design mustn’t harm the ecosystem. In the same way they will not be able to invoke or to favor in defense of violence, war, ethnic, religious or political differences, abuse, lies and legal falsity, neither the genetic manipulation nor the human poverty, neither diseases or destruction, nor the consumption and redistribution of poisonous substances which destroy and pollute the environment. Fulfilling its original creative sense, design must benefit the human being and its environment in order to achieve a better quality of life and a spiritual growth.

Otl Aicher said in El Mundo como Proyecto (The World as a Project):

Designing means to establish between thinking and doing a mutual report. Aesthetics without ethics is closed to fraud, and not only its external form. The criterion of use includes social and ecological effects… and also with invitations to enjoy everything today. The postwar is behind, as well as the Paris 1968 May Revolts and the times of social movements. We settle in the beauty even knowing that we will drown in the trash, and that the world is about to burst. Utopias of a new society are left behind too …. The supreme merits of the meritocratic society are the embellishment, the styling and the design. We live so far in a society of a dressing design…. Design consists in adapting products to the circumstances which are assigned to, and this means adapting them to the new circumstances. In a changing world products also need to change. The most serious is the situation of the world the most beautiful must look…

Yves Zimmerman, 1991:

«We can also understand the world as a project, in other words, to the extent that the world is increasingly man-made world, is capable of being projected, that is designed.

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