Maria Popova hits at some important points about the vocabulary of design in her recent essay, “The Language of Design Imperialism.”
An excerpt –
Even the term “humanitarian design” bespeaks a fundamental limitation — incredibly anthropocentric, it fails to recognize the importance of design that lives in a complex ecosystem of humanity and nature, society and environment, which are always symbiotically linked to one another’s well-being. When even our language exudes the kind of cultural conceit that got us in our climate crisis pickle, there’s something fundamentally wrong with how we think about our role in the world — as designers and as people.
Read the Popova’s full thoughts at Design Observer.