Postmoderism and Design – Discussion Space

21 Mar

Have a look at and read the article in full

Designing Britain 1945 – 1975 > From Solving Problems to Selling Product > Theory > Postmodernism

http://vads.ahds.ac.uk/learning/designingbritain/html/crd_postmodern.html

And then comment on what you think about this article in relation to your own design practice using the link to the Quick Topic discussion space at:

Discuss Postmoderism and Design


You will need to post at least 2 comments by the end of the lesson on Wednesday 23.03.2011

This is an extract from the article…

At a philosophical level, Modernist design methods assumed that objects could have a priori significance – in other words that they could have a predetermined meaning that is in existence prior to the user experiencing the object. This implies that the meaning of the object is constant, predetermined, and independent of its situation. This position allows for the possibility of an absolute and universal meaning to be attached to an artefact, with the act of consumption being a passive reception of given meaning. The cultural turn implicit in Postmodernism challenges the assumption that the object of study can be an autonomous entity – it is said that an object is not able to speak for itself, but is in fact ‘spoken for’ by its social and political context. The values associated with the object are determined by the position from which the object is viewed and aesthetic appeal is regarded not as a universal value, outside of history, but rather as an ever-changing quality relative to the circumstance within which the object is consumed. In consequence, the true nature of things is to be found in social processes and structures that surround them, rather than in an intrinsic, immutable quality of the things themselves.

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