ACADEMIC SOURCE: DESIGN FOR LIFE, CREATING MEANING IN A DISTRACTED WORLD

Stuart Walker, Design for Life, Creating Meaning in a Distracted World (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2017), 18-156

Running in conjunction with my circular design research is Stuart Walkers book Design For Life: Creating Meaning in a Distracted World, which introduces the philosophy of grassroots sustainable design to instil meaning in our material culture. Walker explains, for a design to create social change, it must speak on a personal and emotional level. Localised initiatives with designs that cultivate inner development are crucial to connect value and importance to products. Walkers quote fully communicates my intent for a solution;

"we shift from objects of primarily instrumental value, which are so easily discarded and replaced as needs and technologies change, to objects whose perceived value lies not just in their functionality but also in their inherent qualities as things – their history, aesthetics, and their enduring meanings, as embodied in their materials, making, use, and cultural or personal symbolism⁸."

Both localised workmanship and the restorative nature of circular design can work in benefiting social, economic and environmental factors. 

⁸Stuart Walker, Design for Life, Creating Meaning in a Distracted World (Abingdon, Oxon; New York, NY: Routledge, 2017), 82.