Julian Bleecker Talks Future Stuff


It must be “interesting people whose work involves thinking about the future of design” week around here lately. Today, in a link we meant to post yesterday, was this interview with Julian Bleecker over at We Make Money Not Art. It’s a fantastic read that, after you’re done with it, you’ll feel like you just went through a brilliant lecture at college. The man is just a big ball of interesting thoughts about the future and WMMNA does a great job of wrangling some of them up for you. Here’s some:

I’ve learned a lot from Tony Dunne and Fiona Raby‘s work. The most important lesson is finding out that it is okay to make objects and devices speak with a critical voice, or to have some say over their conditions of use. I have spent years developing the knowledge to construct technological instruments while doing my undergraduate studies in electrical engineering and building hardware and software as a professional engineer. And then many more years in graduate studies learning how to think and write about how technologies are imbricated with culture. What critical design allows me to do is construct technologies that help me, and others I hope, see just how thoroughly technology is culture. And of course once you can appreciate that you can recognize that technology is mutable and doesn’t have to be the way it is. This is more apparent today, particularly with the energy behind this latest wave of DIY sensibilities.