While the design of democracy is a wonderful thing, democratic design is less positive. We've heard over and over that "everyone is a designer," and that through a combination of user-generated content, ubiquity of access, and new tools, design has finally made its way out of an ivory tower and into the grasp of the masses. What, exactly, have the masses gotten their grubby paws into? Can one truly claim to be a designer when uploading a picture to Facebook or remixing a video for YouTube? It isn't design; it is something else entirely, masquerading as creativity but offering…
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