Benefits Of Design Activism

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The element of design is too complex to be simply defined. It has numerous benefits; one particular benefit is that it helps solve contemporary social issues. Despite the different roles it has, "design has had one constant role throughout history as an agent of change that helps us to interpret changes of any type" (Rawsthorn, 2015). There are groups of people who make it their responsibility to use the benefits of design to find solutions to various problems in society; these people are called design activists. Whether the issue be poverty, poor health, alcohol or drug addictions, homelessness, unemployment or lack of education, design activists make it their priority to find solutions for the issue. Many design activists are working towards …show more content…
Design activists around the world are working towards solving contemporary social problems in developing countries by using types of design. There are many contemporary social issues within our own society; however there are more complex issues in developing continents such as Asia. Some of these are poor health, oppression of females, drug or alcohol addictions, lack of education and poverty. As Thorpe’s four criteria state, design activism publicly reveals a problem, calls for change, works on behalf of a disadvantaged group, and disrupts previous systems by making changes. The projects 'LaXmi ', ‘Half the Sky: Mobile Games’ and ‘Liter of Light’ are examples of design activism. Poverty is a growing issue, especially in India, the project ‘LaXmi’ which is a game that teaches financial literacy skills to Indian women was founded to help reduce the poverty rates in India. While 'Half the Sky: Mobile games ' is an app with three games that aim to teach women and children essential survival skills, this app has possible solutions to many contemporary social issues, such as high infant mortality rates, poor health issues caused by worm infections and devaluing of females. 'Liter of Light ' which is a project that provides solar bottle bulbs was founded to solve the contemporary social issue of daylight darkness. All three of these projects were made to solve or help solve one or more contemporary social problem. In conclusion, design activism is improving the state of the world by finding possible solutions for contemporary social problems that people are affected

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