To Design With Technology We Must Unlearn Everything We Know [Video]

To Design With Technology We Must Unlearn Everything We Know [Video]

Wislon Miner says that smallest changes can be transformative but they have to be the right changes and discovering what they are have takes patience.

Piers Fawkes, PSFK
  • 20 august 2012

In this talk, Wilson Miner looks at how new media creates new environments, and how we create technology around us to make bionic selves. The designer says that we make things to nudge the world in the right direction–to put a dent in the universe. He draws on the theory of Marshall McLuhan who coined the phrase: ‘We shape the tools and thereafter our tools shape us.’ The talk also reflects on Steve Jobs famous saying that what a bicycle is to human movement, a computer is to the human mind.

Miner says that the environments being created by technology are being created faster and that therefore, we have less time to adjust to them. He says that we need to be always learning to adapt to our changing world and to do that we need to let go. To reflect this, he presents the quote from Alistair Smith, “The learners will inherit the world while the knowers will be beautifully prepared for a world that no longer exists”

Towards the end of the video Miner says that smallest changes can be transformative but they have to be the right changes and discovering what they are takes patience, you have to pay attention, and you have to be available to create a response. Responsive design isn’t something that we build into a product, it’s an attitude. We learn to change to the environment and learn to respond. We design organisms and ecosystems. We shove them out into the world and a lot of them die. The ones that survive are the ones that adapt to the environment, mutate, respond.

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