Erica Fiorentino

Hybridizing Traditional Design

The two materials that I used in my final model were paper, to represent order, and cardboard to represent unity within my model. In “Respecting our relations: Dori Tunstall on Decolonizing Design” by Jacob Institute, Dori Tunstall is a design anthropologist and she talks about different aspects of humans, what it means to be human, having respect for design, along with the question of if we can use respect as a common value, along with other topics as well. The article encourages new designers to “develop a deeper understanding or empathy towards relationships among people, objects, and the environment.” In my model this is exemplified through the peaks of the cones, which represents our cultural differences, and how some cultures are oppressed. The openings at the base of the cones represent leading other cultures in and learning about them, new aspects that you may or may not be aware of to implement this information into design. The inner and outer rings exemplify these different cultures coming together as one despite our differences. Finally the two staircase walls at the back demonstrate the design barriers that society has, pertaining to respect the design, however these walls are changing and adapting, the walls are coming down and we are opening up and becoming more respectful designers. The model tells the story and addresses cultural and societal differences. The model is an example of how society is growing, learning, adopting, for the better, displaying all these differences and this learning to be brought together as one.

  1. Design Dynamics Introduction
    IRD 101
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