Social design is popular, but most designers are working on too small a scale. That’s according to Professor Kees Dorst of the University of Technology in Sydney and Eindhoven University of Technology. If designers really want to make a difference in the world, they have to get involved in the design of infrastructure. ‘The problem, however, is that designers are unable to cope with the complexity of infrastructure very well.’
In this interview by Bas van Lier for What Design can Do, Kees talks about the responsibility of the social designer, the increased level of complexity, the capacity of artists to deal with that and the risk of working only on a symbolic level.
Kees Dorst is involved as an expert in our public research on SOCIALDESIGNFORWICKEDPROBLEMS.