The Violent Side of Design

June 19, 2016

I read an interesting post on, following are few excerpts that I liked and would like to include in my research for my project.

The field of design is credited with improving our lives in many ways. But it also enables our darker impulses. It’s brought us the AK47, killer drones, and computer viruses.

Paola Antonelli has been thinking about this ambiguous nature of design. She’s the senior curator of architecture and design at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

She prompted a conversation among scientists, philosophers, activists and others on how recent design innovations can be used for violent means. She co-edited a book with design professor Jamer Hunt, called Design and Violence.

“There’s always ambiguity which is quite interesting,” Antonelli said.

“Design was born when the first tools in prehistory were designed. Probably the first tools were meant to kill. Animals, of course, but also enemies. So what is good and what is evil in everything, and especially in this case in design.”