Design is political because it has consequences, and sometimes serious ones. The power of designers is that we can design things to have different consequences….
As Charles Leadbeater puts it: “Design used to be done by specialists for users. From now on, in a growing number of fields, design will be done with users and by them.” In this context the designer is becoming the facilitator, the enabler, rather than the dictator of what people themselves want to do…
Design is a very powerful tool. It elevates the likelihood of certain kinds of choices and shapes certain kinds of behaviours. Most designers balk at the idea that design is a form of social engineering, but Hilary Cottam, director of RED at the UK Design Council, maintains that “if you don’t look at what any design is governing, then you are being governed by it.” She continues: “The question for us is how do we find out what the effects of design are and make sure we’re using those for social justice.”"
Source: “Is Design Political?” by Jennie Winhall at core77.com
Design is definitely political.
From the heights of sky scrappers down to the bottom of my shoes - design is political.
I cannot wait for the the day to when designers are recognize that people with disabilities wear their clothing, shoes, and accessories, and thus their designs should compliment all sorts of bodies. Work with our bodies so we can WORK IT. Yes, design is political.
I cannot wait for the day when there are more designers with disabilities at the forefront of planning, architecture, technology, and fashion. And, their designs reflect principles of disability culture, access, equity, and universal design.
I will proudly wear shoes made by fellow disabled people because design is most definitely political.
For example, I have scoliosis. When I was six years old, I experience a spinal fusion that resulted in rather intense and unique curves in my spine…The axis that those curves create int he space of my back is not just X and Y, but X, Y, and Z - a li’l something for all my fellow math and physics geeks out there. Imagine what Alexander McQueen could have done with that!"
— Jes Sachse during an interview with Jenna Danchuk from Worn Magazine, Issue 16, p. 47. (via antiofashion)