Samantha Shorey, Sarah Fox, Kristin Dew
Failure has become something of a fixture in technological industries. In Silicon Valley, mantras like “fail fast” motivate a cycle of start-ups and fizzle-outs, encouraging innovators to move through ideas until they get to the good one. Through “failing forward” they can fail productively, using each idea as a stepping stone toward eventual individual success. With these fail-centered notions, an artifact is successful if it improves and advances a design toward a singular output or product. Underlying many of these design philosophies is a teleological belief in the linear progression toward better and more powerful solutions . Failure serves…
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