Everything in our mind is social.
Every epistemic is social.
Biological is social.
Classification makes things thinkable, this is also social.
When phenomenon are classified as true and false, knowledge as known and unknown, also social.
Is there anything not social? Keine Ahnung!

Because if buddhism is social, emptiness is…


I remembered how everyday things were strikingly beautiful in my grandpa and grandma’s home in the countryside. The cups, teapot, furniture, bedsheets were not expensively made but always with indigenous cultural soul in it, used, delicate and elegant. Many were ornamented with auspicious patterns, usually fauna and flora. Some were…


The production chain is so long that there are many underneath.

Game of distinction

Pierre Bourdieu’s game of distinction is only part of the trend cycle. He noticed the consumption side, but was not aware of how design constantly renew itself by capturing elements of street style, popular / subcultures that reflecting social…


Reflection on Foucault and Dona Haraway.

No matter how design paradigm changes, designer’s understanding of the validity or invalidity of design is always relying on its beautifulness (it units and even transcends aesthetics, function, cost, productivity, efficiency, etc.). However, beautifulness is always relative, contextual, and reflective. In other words, one…


半年前旧草稿

Gender inequity

设计中的性别不平等现象普遍存在,男性设计师主导话语权,而女性设计师的贡献普遍被低估,男女设计师同工不同酬,在一百年前包豪斯成立时如此,而如今并没有太大的改变。尤为显著的是在建筑设计、汽车设计、时尚设计行业,尽管女性设计师地位逐渐改善,但离性别平等还非常遥远——社会需要更多的女性设计师/艺术家,女性设计高管,女性投资人。

white supremacy

设计界被白人主导百年,设计界的种族歧视依然根深蒂固,是全球现象。而在中国,依照种族定薪的机制被普遍接受,这是改革开放初期为了吸引人才、特殊时期下的社会产物。这个畸形的人力资源共识,让中国设计师在自己的国土上处于歧视链底层。

在中国,欧洲人拿欧元薪资、美国人拿美元薪资,在同等职级下,拉美裔、印度裔等有色人种也比中国设计师在薪资福利上享有更多优待。在中高层级的晋升上,在中国的白人、其他种族/国籍设计师依然享有优先级。

在2010年后中国已经逐渐培养出具有国际视野的本土设计师,这种族定薪制度应该逐渐被取消,否则对本国设计环境、和优秀本土设计师的专业尊严存在极大危害。

design for decolonization

设计作为商业殖民的有效工具,在过去一百年得到了充分的证明:无论是新的资本、技术、文化形态需求,设计大都能够有效达成使命,以物品或服务为媒介,通过消费渗透的方式,实现价值观传递,从而完成一种文化对另一种文化的同化。这种文化同化,对社会原有价值观造成挑战、甚至边缘化,便达成了文化殖民的过程。

同理,设计也可以作为反殖民的有效工具,实现价值观的逆向传递。从发展中国家向发达国家,从农村到城市,从边缘人群走向主流,这种设计被冠以许多名字,社会设计(social design),社群设计(community design),包容性设计(inclusive design)…加速社会的革新过程,是未来几十年设计的真正价值所在。

media

为了促进消费,资本通过媒体打造潮流和生活方式话语权,以康德纳仕(Condé Nast)为代表的媒体帝国,垄断了主流设计叙事,Vogue, GQ, Glamour, Architectural Digest, etc.。当我们在做趋势研究之时,如果将信息源的获取局限于国际主流传媒,那么我们的趋势结论必然是老调重谈,或许有新的视觉产生,但是无法产生新的思维方式。

design for obsolete

商业设计在一百年以后,依然没有走出“有计划的废止”策略,通过刻意的制造或是追随潮流,通过发布新品来刺激消费,消费者所获的商品除了外型的微调,实际上并没有本质的改变,定价却持续走高。

luxury is something not definable.

以四大时装周为代表的时尚业,通过华丽的展销方式向消费者宣誓主权。然而奢侈的定义不断被解离,贵即为美、美即正义变得过时而陈旧,如何重新定义奢侈,成为所有品牌面临的共同问题。

或者说,奢侈成为一种无法定义之物。一旦它被展示在商品之中,就意味着它被固化,不再奢侈,因为只要用钱就可以买到。如果把奢侈定义为一种感受、或体验,那么产品将不再是奢侈品的中心,因为世上最奢侈的是时间、健康、爱、慈悲、以及平静的快乐。

design for decolonization

设计既然可以作为商业殖民的工具,那么也必然可以作为反商业殖民的工具。

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商业和消费主义本身并没有太大问题,有问题的是消费的目的,是为了获得炫耀的工具、还是确实所需。

文化涵化(accumulation)是一种无声的价值观渗透,而因为涵化而造成传统主流文化的边缘化、甚至文化危机,则称之为文化殖民。设计在此时作为反文化殖民的工具意义就变得异常凸显且迫切,deisgn for decolonization,是本篇文章所要探讨的主题。

replacement objectives

在设计之前,必要弄清的一个首要问题,作为横向坐标轴,是需要用何种意识形态替换另一种意识形态?比如是用共享替代隐私,用环保替代浪费,还是用关爱替代冷漠?

举例而言,东方文化在西方文化的渗透下产生的意义危机,便是这种殖民的体现——传统。如何解决

现代设计是一个舶来品,它的学科体系、种类划分、以及作为现代商业的一个重要组成部分,都是西方文化的产物。设计的殖民性不仅反映在它的西方文化来源,更反映在它的教育体系,构成这个学科体系的每一个个体,也反映在利用设计作为市场开拓工具的商业资本,甚至在近几年出现的以设计作为载体的社会政治和经济活动。它作为一个文化殖民的产物和工具,也将和现在的去殖民化热潮一起,走向更为平等和多元的景观,而政治活动家们正在意识到“设计”的重要作用,也正在将设计纳入社会构建的工具箱中;而作为底层的社会运动主义发起者,也正在将设计作为一个重要的有力工具,力图塑造更为平等的社会图景。

“设计”这个词承载了艺术领域最为复杂的语言意义,从动词、名次逐渐演变为形容词,显示了它如空气般存在的文化渗透力。

从“设计”的词源可以看出,随着进入不同的国家和文化,它的意义一直在随之变化,从意大利语“disegno”(绘画)、法语“dessin”(绘图),到英文“design”(构想),再到德语“Gestalt”(构造),再经日本人翻译成“設計sekkei”(计划),才终于成为中文的“设计”。


Draft

Job market requirements from the employee

Which ever you see a job description in design, most of which will include this line on its upfront: “familiar with design trends, with excellent aesthetic competence.” What does it mean by familiar with design trends? and what is aesthetic competence. Why are this considered important? …


The biggest leap today is the discussion with professor about final course paper. It may mainly about crisis of design as a discipline and conundrum of the designers. I may converted part of my previous article designers’ battle field and include some new ideas.

Archeology paper are full of debates…


Feminism theory is so heterogeneous inside that I even lost clue what it is about. It seems its core is about personal experience, emotions, feelings that threads them together. To theorize this things once are considered as “subjective”, and claims its objective from women's perspective. I first thought it does…


I feel these two words are too heavy and filled with emotion to pronounced. And I will rather alternate it with Eurocentric or western-centric. Then things become less personal and easy to talk to.

Mignolo defines coloniality as the dark side of modernity. As a result the decolonial thinking mainly…


Reading theories is a hopeless process. The dry words hit your brain like constant bombs and tear up your nerve fabrication. Writing a review to theories is like having a party full of people who do not know each other. The air is filled with awkwardness and every speaking sounds…

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