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WWL: Living by Design
Where We Live - with John Dankosky
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Progress happens by design


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47:05 minutes (22.6 MB)
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Design isn’t a fancy new dress or an expensive chair…it’s about asking questions and solving problems.

Design is how you construct a bridge…and a stylish logo. But, it’s also how you put together an effective health care system.

Design has left the studios and the board rooms…and it’s everywhere.

Today, Where We Live, a discussion about how to incorporate design into our daily lives.

It's not just about style, author Warren Berger says, it's about coming up with an intelligent, thoughtful plan to make things better. His book is called “Glimmer: How design can transform your life and maybe even the world.” It features what Berger calls the “ideas and wisdom” of Designer Bruce Mau, who argues that we need great design now more than ever. What do you think?

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Listener Email from Steve

A problem is that when we do design something, there are so many people out there with hands open for payment that does not net the inventor with any advancement of their ideas. I have a note book with many ideas, well spelled out and diagrammed, that will probably never see the light of day. I just can’t afford to develop them. Can you give any suggestions here?

Also, the inventor does things in ways that are not common to society and are thought of “unorthodox”. The inventor is then seen as being something less qualified than others and therefore less credible. Thoughts?

Listener Email from David

Speaking of designing social services could be a subtext for health care reform.

As designers how do we confront/persuade political ideologues who oppose new ideas?