Know your history How the thread of history made me a better designer

I’ve never had an interest in history. As a child growing up in Australia’s education system – through primary, secondary and even tertiary levels, history was the subject I found most boring. I loved the sciences and English, practical subjects that would help me in the future. My focus was all about the future during those years – what will I do with my life? How will I get there by the actions I perform tomorrow? What if it doesn’t go as I planned? Little did I know that history was actually the answer to most of my concerns about the future. It wasn’t history that was boring, it was the way it was being taught.


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In a perfect world Designers need to get their hands dirty if the system is going to be fixed

The perception of design and what it’s capable of is undergoing a transformation. No longer is it about the veneer of visual aesthetic or the product encased in glass in a museum. Designers have a new social responsibility; to step away from their computer screens and step up to the highest level of large organisations and become strategic thinkers. It’s going to be hard work but it’s time to begin using design to make long-term systemic change that can influence the way we live our lives and how we affect people, the planet and the bottom line.


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