Design cannot be Sustainable
As long as design can’t be uncoupled from products, it will not be sustainable. It is an oxymoron because it does not seek to make more with what we have but to make more.
Design, as a field and economic activity, does not have the tools to craft models that are business-positive and do not create waste.
This means that the way forward is in sensing and articulating the value (or waste) in projects, requests, and needs.
Everything Will Happen
I put together a page with resources on design for AI and augmentation; feel free to get in touch with any thoughts.
Martin Scorsese & Daniel Day-Lewis on Gangs of New York
Meaning is an Economic Unit
Using AI to write a blog post generates a voice that is not yours and attracts clicks from people you don’t seek (care about).
As AI tools develop, the permissions developers give them to attempt to make more decisions and go deeper into the meaning of the text. A machine can’t engage with meaning. It is a ledger of probabilities.
It is up to individuals to resist being automated by the tools, companies, and others around them.
These nudges are as subtle as paying attention to Grammarly suggestions and sussing the output of Notion or Linkedin AI for meaning/value.
Meaning is an economic unit, which exists at a higher level than spreadsheets. AI has no skin in that game.
Note about Places
I find myself spending more time seeking to understand (put language on) the visceral experience rather than the intellectual one; I suspect that is why Are.na was hard for me to keep up with: open-source taxonomies seek to communicate interpretation with a hidden promise of completeness, or at the very least legibility.
Tumblr (and Flickr) stay my favorite places for low-context interesting images.