Victor Papanek — Austrian Designer born on November 22, 1923, died on January 10, 1998

Victor Joseph Papanek was a designer and educator who became a strong advocate of the socially and ecologically responsible design of products, tools, and community infrastructures. He disapproved of manufactured products that were unsafe, showy, maladapted, or essentially useless. His products, writings, and lectures were collectively considered an example and spur by many designers. Papanek was a philosopher of design and as such he was an untiring, eloquent promoter of design aims and approaches that would be sensitive to social and ecological considerations. He wrote that "design has become the most powerful tool with which man shapes his tools and environments... (wikipedia)

Design, if it is to be ecologically responsible and socially responsive, must be revolutionary and radical.
The only important thing about design is how it relates to people.
There are professions more harmful than industrial design, but only a few.

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