Design for Culture: A Case for the Development of Alternative Creative Vocabularies

By Carl Harrison.

Published by The Design Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

Why is it that the world design landscape has been for so long dominated by the first world? And more importantly, why has the non western world so far struggled to capitalise on their own rich cultural visual languages in the production of large volume high value contemporary designer goods? This paper attempts to identify some of the social and economic barriers that inhibit the development of high value design industries in the non west, and also suggest ways that these regions could capitalise on their rich cultural heritage in the creation of new design based industries.

Keywords: Indiginous Design, Product Design, Appropriate Design

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 2, pp.265-280. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 799.317KB).

Carl Harrison

Lecturer, School of Industrial Design, University of Botswana, Gaborone, Botswana

I am a practicing designer with research interests in the areas of non-Western creative vocabulary and small scale enterprise development. I have twenty years experience in small-scale enterprise design industries development world wide. I have an MA in Industrial Design and have published papers on indigenous design development.


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