Communication design: if change is what you want, then you are in the right business
Elizabeth Farlie is a passionate designer and educator. She has more than 15 years of experience in design, currently lectures at RMIT University and founded a new design school in 2013 called Melbourne School of Design. Farlie’s lecture at Fabrica is about the function of communication design in forming what we “know” to be real. Design’s capacity to influence these understandings means that it cannot only be utilized to reinforce the status quo (as it often does) but also can envision how things could be. That is, to influence and envision change. Her lecture at Fabrica explores the role that design has in change towards better ways of living both socially and environmentally. She takes a look at the link between design and change (towards more sustainable everyday practices) being that “truth” or “reality” are not fixed but are culturally-acquired. Does design always have to provide answers and “neaten up” things or can it “undo” wrongs instead? How can design can be more democratic, involving an audience, provoking debate and independent thought?