Coming away from the previous book, Weapons of Math Destruction, there was a great discussion about what designer could do to stand up for better data usage policies and practices. So I thought it would be interesting to read a book about activism and design.
You can buy the book, Citizen Designer: Perspectives on Design Responsibility (Second Edition), on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Citizen-Designer-Perspectives-Design-Responsibility/dp/1621536408/
I hope to see many new faces at this meetup. Please reach out if you have any questions! Fuzzy Math will provide some beers and snacks. This event is FREE, but we do ask that you only RSVP if you're pretty certain you can come and if you can't come just change your RSVP so someone can take you spot. Reading the entire book isn't necessarily to participate, so don't let that stop you from coming. We'll give a summary of the book to help spark topics to discuss.
DESCRIPTION VIA THE PUBLISHER
Balancing Social, Professional, and Artistic Views
What does it mean to be a designer in today's corporate-driven, overbranded global consumer culture? Citizen Designer, Second Edition, attempts to answer this question with more than seventy debate-stirring essays and interviews espousing viewpoints ranging from the cultural and the political to the professional and the social. This new edition contains a collection of definitions and brief case studies on topics that today's citizen designers must consider, including new essays on social innovation, individual advocacy, group strategies, and living as an ethical designer.
Edited by two prominent advocates of socially responsible design, this innovative reference responds to the tough questions today's designers continue to ask themselves, such as:
• How can a designer affect social or political change?
• Can design become more than just a service to clients?
• At what point does a designer have to take responsibility for the client's actions?
• When should a designer take a stand?
Readers will find dozens of captivating insights and opinions on such important issues as reality branding, game design and school violence, advertising and exploitation, design as an environmental driving force, and much more. This candid guide encourages designers to carefully research their clients; become alert about corporate, political, and social developments; and design responsible products. Citizen Designer, Second Edition, includes insights on such contemporary topics as advertising of harmful products, branding to minors, and violence and game design. Readers are presented with an enticing mix of opinions in an appealing format that juxtaposes essays, interviews, and countless illustrations of "design citizenship."
Table of Contents
Part 1—The Language of Design Citizenship
Part 2—Activism and Humility
Part 3—Taking Action
Part 4—Lives and Citizenship Collide
Part 5—Not Lost and Still Current
811 W Evergreen Ave. Suite 305
Chicago, IL 60642
By L Train
Fuzzy Math is exceptionally easy to get to via the Red Line. Depart at North/Clybourn, head south on Halsted, turn right on Evergreen, and walk about 100ft to our door on the left.
The CTA bus provides a number of options to get to Fuzzy Math, including buses on Halsted (8), North (9, 72), and Division (70).
There is free street parking on most streets near our building, and metered street parking on Halsted. There is also parking available in the REI building just north of our office, which is accessible from Dayton St.
Getting into the building
There’s a call box right next to the building entrance (the door with our address above it) — our code is 310, but you can also dial us using the directory and we can buzz people in as well. We have laminated signs we can tape outside, as well as signs that point guests to the stairs/elevator to our office on the third floor.