5.30.2007

Design That Solves Problems.

Above is "The Q Drum", an example of a simple, yet effective design for transporting water. This New York Times article highlights brilliant design ideas such as this one, that makes a quantifiable impact on people's lives. It also reminds me again of one of one of my favorite art education quotes by Maxine Green, which I've mentioned here (perhaps a few times) before-

...and it should remind us of the relationship between freedom and the consciousness of possibility, between freedom and the imagination - the ability to make present what is absent, to summon up a condition that is not yet.

These projects remind me of the relationship between teaching out-of-the-box thinking to help students imagine- and create- a better world. While that shoe diorama lesson that you just started might not change the world, that student who is able to see new possibilities in mundane objects, just might.

2 Comments:

  1. Jason Welker said...
    David,

    Here's an example of how art and design can be used to solve economic problems. Michelle Close blogged about this same article in a post called "Art, Design and Economic Development" at http://welkerswikinomics.com/blog/2007/05/30/art-design-and-economic-development/

    Good stuff! -Jason Welker
    Anathema Device said...
    How cool! I'm going to add this to the folder of articles I whip out everytime someone says, "but it's just art class. It doesn't matter."

    Hehheh!

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