Recently, a group of leaders from various US design organizations
came together to discuss the question of a US National design policy.
This summit meeting resulted in 10 design policy recommendations,
which can be found here: http://www.designpolicy.org/usdp/policy-proposals.html
After the summit meeting, the leaders of this initiative contacted
IxDA to ask for our participation and endorsement. In turn, the Board
has asked me to reach out to you--the community--to help us decide how
(or if) IxDA should participate.
The Board finds much to support in the 10 policy initiatives. In
particular, the spirit of optimistic patriotism is welcome, and we
certainly support the efforts of those who are motivated by that
spirit. That said, the 10 policy proposals include some items that
the Board strongly disagreed with as well. The Board finds itself
similarly split on whether or not the very idea of design
organizations partnering with government is a good idea.
What do you think? Should IxDA get involved? Are there specific
initiatives that YOU would like to support by working alongside your
IxDA peers? Are there alternative ways you would like to see IxDA
For quick reference, here are the the 10 recommendations:
1. Formalize an American Design Council to partner with the U.S.
2. Set guidelines for legibility, literacy, and accessibility for
all government communications.
3. Target 2030 for carbon neutral buildings.
4. Create an Assistant Secretary for Design and Innovation
position within the Department of Commerce to promote design.
5. Expand national grants to support interdisciplinary community
design assistance programs based on human-centered design
6. Commission a report to measure and document designs
contribution to the U.S. economy.
7. Revive the Presidential Design Awards to be held every year and
use triple bottom-line criteria (economic, social, and environmental
benefit) for evaluation.
8. Establish national grants for basic design research.
9. Modify the patent process to reflect the types of intellectual
property created by designers.
10. Encourage direct government investment in design innovation.
What do you think? How do you see IxDA's role relating to this?