Imperialist Tendencies

January 14 2012

Jan Chipchase, Insights guru at frog design, previously at Nokia, recently plublished an essay titled Imperialist Tendencies on his personal site. He answers, via a long and very informative detour, a few questions pertaining to design research, users participation in insights activities, and other similar activities under the umbrella of ethomethodology. Mr. Chipchase explains his drive to conduct such inquiries, and to what extent big corporations (and all designers) are guilty of some form of design imperialism.

My summary is not that good, so head over to his personal site for a proper read. It would be super inspiring to have him visit UID at some point in time!

More bits and pieces on Design Imperialism:
Design Crusades: A Critical Reflection on Social Design
The Language of Design Imperialism
Is Humanitarian Design the New Imperialism?
Design For the First World

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