Tim Brown Reading
I believe Tim Brown’s reading was a lot about how it is so important for designers to keep in mind the person that they are designing for and not just the capital gain they receive upon completion of their designs. If peoples needs aren’t the driving force for these designs, or if the designs aren’t solutions to an overarching problem, then what contribution do they have to the problems of society? I think, to me, this reading really enforces the idea that you don’t have to be a professional designer to realize a problem or human need and think creatively to design a solution to that problem. It allows every day people, doctors, lawyers, teachers, to be designers of problems in their own fields as well.
One thing that I have learned from this class so far is that, as I see it, activism is the one sure fire way to get the issues in our world (waste, pollution, CO2 emissions) heard and understood so that more people feel the need to try and do something about it. Like the slides say, whether it is finding someone with power to speak on these issues or going out yourself and finding an audience that will listen.I think design activism has a goal of creating solutions to the worlds problems and with those solutions, bringing a problem to light that maybe not everyone was aware of in the first place.
Natural & Human Capital
As human capital is concerned, the use of child workers to not only work in terrible conditions but for very minimal pay is incredibly sad. So while you’re enjoying the trendy new shirt you’re wearing, it’s important to research the origin of the materials and labor so that you know what kind of practices you are helping fund. I absolutely think there are ways around child labor in poorer countries. While the politics of every country is different, I would say there should be some universal guidelines about minimum pay to workers, so that the parents aren’t needing their children to work in these factories because the pay between the parents is even for a comfortable living. A minimum age limit could be set in place as well to make sure that no person under the age of 16 can work for pay in those terrible conditions. Those solutions could be hard to facilitate, but I do believe something should be done to combat the issue.
One local problem that hits home with me is the homeless population in Tulsa. They are on their feet and walking more than the average person which causes them to wear through shoes and socks so fast with no means to get new ones easily. They also have a hard time finding season appropriate clothing, or heavy coats for the winter and thinner clothing for the hot summer months. A few years ago, a company I was with helped us facilitate a clothing drive in order to help the homeless in Tulsa with new shoes and socks and other items they were in need of and I would love to be a part of a project like that again.
I produce 10 tonnes of CO2 with my hands, head and bum being by far the biggest parts on my character. These referred to the amount of food waste i produce, energy waste, and use of electronics. It is hard for me to wrap my mind around what a lifestyle at the ideal 2 tonnes would look like, considering I do my best to turn the lights off when I leave the room and try to make sure the TV and electronics aren’t left idling. The food waste is definitely something I could work on, though it is hard to cook for 2 and not waste something. Possibly, we could find use for the food we waste or consider different meal options that could ideally serve just 2 people.
I spoke a lot about pomping and possible solutions to make it sustainable in my paper for last Thursday, but I essentially said that, while I love Homecoming and the displays made for it, I can understand why it could be harmful to the environment to use that much tissue paper and discard it after the weekend is over. I wondered if we could possibly have these displayed throughout the year, to give them more cause (like sustainable artwork) and allow those who couldn’t make it to HOCO the opportunity to view the displays year round so that they are not just thrown away after all of that time, energy and resources were used in making them.