Failed Design: What were they thinking?
Graduate Student Symposium
Friday, April 24, 2009
The Bard Graduate Center for
Studies in the Decorative Arts, Design, and Culture
New York, NY
Design is a process, yet in our success-driven world, we tend to focus on the end result.
The goal of this symposium is to think about this distinction—-process versus end result—-by considering the significance of failed design and the insight it offers into societies and individuals. Pruitt Igo, Zeppelins, Ford Edsel, and Crystal Pepsi: Why do some designs succeed and others fail, and who decides? What is the distinction between bad and failed design? Does studying “failure” offer the prospect of a unique historical perspective?
Our aim is to gather speakers who will explore these issues, from all disciplines and time periods.
Topics may include but are not limited to:
- scale of failure—humiliation, disaster, catastrophe
- commercial versus functional failure
- reformist and utopian visions
- conceptual design
- emotional investment in design
- the function of taste: Why do some bad designs become popular?
- changing criteria of success over time
-being “ahead of one’s time”
- the role of obsolescence
- intellectual property
Please send a one- to two-page abstract for a twenty-minute presentation, together with a CV, to GradSymp@bgc.bard.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, February 27, 2009. Selected participants will be notified by Friday, March 6, 2009.
Graduate Student Symposium Committee
Bard Graduate Center
410 West 58th Street
New York, NY 10019 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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