For a designer, the understanding of world affairs is quickly, cerebrally and imaginatively re-constructed into concepts, streams, imagery, textures, tone, symbols, colours, frequencies and structures.
Apply design understanding to cultures, people, regions and current day affairs. Any region and its people that is homogenous, by these principles, lacks diversity of ideas, imagery, intellectual texture, depth, balance and therefore, by design, in high probability, lacks harmony. If a culture rejects the notion of anything but a narrow vision of itself then by design, it is intense and monotonous.
As a designer, I seek cultures that are diverse, which deconstruct the concept of a repetitive, monotonous, monochrome narrative with a glorious explosion of ideas, dialogues, rituals, languages and religious affinities. It excites my instinctive design senses. And the thought that it could and can happen around the world, brings visuals of a rich multi-cultural citizenry with a huge sense of empathy and discovery. Discovery is an essential process of design thinking, the beginning of every design journey.
It is therefore disturbing, that there exists a large and vocal section, who are against this concept of heterogeneity, multi-culturism and diversity, seeking to support the idea of a homogenous society with a single narrative.
A beautiful future for all can be framed on design principles of texture, colour, frequency, language, pitch, depth and balance. Design has a solution to most problems. Even really large problems, by its capacity to offer elegant solutions to complex problems.
Shanoo Bhatia, August 2019, Troubled Times #design #designerview #designthinking #designandsociety #designandculture #designsolutions #bigideas #designnarratives #texture #colour #diversity #sociopolitical #times #thinkbig #thinksolution