Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility
Edited with Steven Heller, published by Allworth Press (2003)
In this provocative anthology, today’s most articulate designers and pundits explore what it means to be a designer in a corporate-driven, over-branded, global consumer culture. Forty essays and interviews espouse viewpoints covering a wide range of social, professional, political, and cultural topics including reality branding, game design and school violence, “socially responsible” advertising, and design as a force for improving the environment.
The book responds to the tough questions being asked by today’s designers: Can one make a difference? Can design be more than a service to clients? At what point must one turn down a job and take a stand?
Essays by Véronique Vienne include a conversation with Robert Menard, who founded Reporters Sans Frontières in 1985; a profile of Sara Little Turnbull, a design pioneer and cultural anthropologist on the faculty at Stanford University Graduate School of Business; and an interview with Kalle Lasn, editor-in-chief of Adbuster magazine.