Belgium Is Design: Design for Mankind edition:6 pages:1-263
Design Triennal edition:6 location:Grand Hornu date:21 November 2010
It's no doubt that the term design has many associations. For some the term directly relates to objects of a given era, layouts of both neighbourhood and broadsheet, the ease with which one navigates an airport, the ergonomic curve of a door handle or the functional aspects of a roof line. For some it is linked to expense and exclusivity and for others it is linked to access and ease of availability. In either case there is something made and the thing produced falls into the hands of those who use it (feel it, break it, find alternative uses for it, buy it, dream about it, discuss it with friends and attempt to make copies of it).
Until relatively recently, the world over was very comfortable with the latter term 'use' and its companion term 'user'. Objects and ideas were released into the world with instructions on how to use it with the expectation that those who used it would fit their lives around it. Over time however, the distance between designer and user became less defined; designers began to respond to how people in a neighbourhood lived instead of designing a neighbourhood for them to live in. Add to this mix a networked public with both a collective and individual voice and one soon arrives at a more contemporary definition for the term user-centred; a place where experience is nurtured.