A Loose Framework

After reading the paper, “Critical Design and Critical Theory: The Challenge of Designing for Provocation”, I can understand why there is not currently a method to which designers can follow to create effective critical design.  The paper begins by stating that there is a lack of guidance in this field, especially in writing. “We lacked the tacit knowledge to
design provocatively, and no heuristics for this are available in the literature.” It then states that the design community needs to develop a “loose framework” that can help us build up and have more successful critical designs.  I was intrigued by the concept of a reaction differing from the creators intent because I always expected the designer to have had a reaction in mind that he/she was trying to stir up.  However, in reality, besides a guess on whether or not there will be one, the public’s reaction can be unpredictable.  This reminds me of the conversation that we had in class about whether or not frameworks and methods are stifling to critical design, that they limit our ideas and creativity to generate new and provocative ways or designing.  How does a designer balance his/her own creative ideas for critical design if the field provides a relatively clear method in which to be successful?  And if the focus is not on the success of the project to provoke the audience in the intended way, then is it still design?  Does it then become art, an expression of the maker’s thoughts without care of how others will take it?

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