We are very pleased to welcome Ruben Pater to the Something or Other series on ‘Uncertainty’ on Wednesday 19 April, 4.30-5.30pm, Lecture Theatre B. Untold Stories While working…
While working for commercial design studios, graphic designer Ruben Pater experienced first-hand how ethical behavior is lacking in the design practice. He noticed how any attempt to renew or change this behaviour is automatically subdued to supply the needs of advertising. After a masters degree he started his own graphic design practice three years ago to try and build a more responsible practice.
Under the name Untold Stories, his aim is to work on the intersection between journalism, design, design criticism, and activism. Through his work, he is looking for methods to practice design in ways that does not exploit labor, simplify complex issues, or merely reproduces ideologies of the status quo. This led to the book ‘The Politics of Design’ (BIS, 2016) which addresses the blind spots of Western design education standards. In this session he will reflect on the impact and ethics of his work.
Something or Other 2017
Uncertainty and precariousness are characteristics of our (post-digital) times. The dominant political ideology of neoliberalism has intrinsically linked individualism and personal productivity to economic survival, made possible through complex, ubiquitous and pervasive computational networks and systems.
Technologies demand constant connectivity and perpetual consumption and contribute, according to Mark Fisher, to the current attack on the subject, come consumers of services (educational, political, economical etc).
The next generation of designers will enter this uncertainty and it is not a comfortable place to be: it raises existential questions about living in this complex and fragmented world, as well as requiring designers to consider their responsibilities in designing (for/through/with) uncertainties: political, economic, educational, environmental.