ANAYZING DATA DESIGN INFORMATICS CASE STUDY LECTURER ON MASTER ARNO VERHOEVEN “Make students understand that creating value in the way we make ‘things’ now has consequences.” Arno Verhoeven believes society seems to be detached from their natural environment entirely. Serving technology has become prevailing. But technology is not positivist, it is owned by someone and therefore there are on the other side of the balance people that do not own this technology. Technology can be used against us. And unfortunately we live in a world where the competitive need to consume is ‘business as usual’. Verhoeven hopes for a future in which designers will understand that creating value in the way we have done over the past centuries will have consequences on our environment. This is built up by the way engineers and scientists are able to make ‘things’ but often this is restricted to one or two ways. Therefore he thinks it is important to teach designers to understand more than just how to make but also why to make. He believes designers can be anarchists, structuralists and post-structuralists. He hopes for value systems to have a more diverse group of people to explore a wider and broader sense of what is needed, and have more democratic systems. And Verhoeven states participation should be founded on co-operating instead of collaboration. LECTURER ON MASTER DAVE MURRAY-RUST “Design is sometimes about developing particular positions to critique them rather then adopt them” Dave Murray-Rust argues that design is not about solving problems but reframing the brief. Murray-Rust perceives design as a possibility for reflection and contextualization of the area you want to act in. Design hands the tools to be able and look at a landscape with a birds-eye-view. He thinks of design as the conscience of a company. To work as a designer and to understand the environment we live in we have to understand (digital) technology because it is highly embedded into our society. Murray-Rust thinks that with design we are able to create a theoretical framework (such as causal layered analysis) to talk about future scenarios. And to understand technology, in the broader sense, can help our participatory working.
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