Managing Change (Was: Iterative Change Manageme nt/ Patriarchs of the Design Family)
26 Nov 2003 - 9:53am
10 years ago
Just a note about designing better solutions for certain transportation
problems: The development (and amount of lobbying needed to get states to
allow this vehicle on the sidewalk) of the Segway seems an interesting
example. See http://www.segway.com/
> I suppose this comes down to an ethical argument. As designers should > we be held responsible for the long term results of our designs, > including their social, environmental, and other effect. Or are we only > responsible for the bottom line.
Isn't it both? And when they clash -- well, that's why we have
such trouble sometimes deciding what the best solution is, and
maybe that drives us to find solutions that are better for both
business and the good of the world.
Personally, I think that's the most rewarding kind of problem
to solve. When it's solvable.
Not to sidetrack us onto a discussion of the design of specific
car models, but I recently had the opportunity to drive a hybrid
car around for a while. (A 2004 Prius.) There *is* still some
innovation going on in the car industry, folks. A lot of it is
on display in the newest hybrids, like this one. I wrote a review
of it here:
It's still a full-sized sedan, though. I, and I suspect CD Evans
too, would like to see much smaller, appropriate-technology solutions
to the transportation problem, especially in developing countries.
But in the Western world, we have a HUGE installed-base problem,
don't we? I don't want to be the first to drive a <1000-lb car
on American roads! Neither does anyone else! And therein lies
P.S. Where would be an appropriate place to "publish" a review
like that? Boxes and Arrows? Seems outside their charter...