In his 1971 book, Design for the Real World, Victor Papanek spelled out specific concerns he foresaw surrounding mass production and mass consumption. He described the increasing influence it would give designers, potentially exerted negatively, and he warned against the piles of junk and depletion of resources that these production facilities could lead to. Papanek was clearly ahead of his time. Yet only once the environment topped our list of global concerns did designers and design scholars alike begin to acknowledge his work and incorporate it into their practice. Despite the high quality of his thinking, I consider the…
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