Reasons for the Crisis: Designing for Obsolescence

by Lorne Mitchell on 27/07/2011

In a week where the Murdoch media empire appeared to lose its power, I came across this video “The Story of Stuff”- perhaps the most important “News of the World” that Murdoch’s empire was at the heart of ignoring.

Even if you have seen it, watch it again: it will make you think again about how the world works.

It is interesting how, with the launch of Apple’s Lion operating system we are still seeing “Design for Obsolescence” as one of the main design principles from what many say is the best design company in the world. It’s time for Apple (and the rest of us) to re-think design for the 21st century so that we can close the circle, not keep pushing the 99% waste down the pipe. Designing for Pull has to be a major factor in this redesign philosophy – and something I will come back to in future posts.


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1 David Cross September 8, 2011 at 09:13

Really enjoyed this post Lorne, it made me think a lot about the limitations of the linear systems that we’ve inherited from previous generations and which have become the accepted way of doing things. In general we also educate our kids in the same linear way – which is slightly ironic in that we’ll need their creativity to help us out of the mess..


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