Rethinking Design Policy in the Third World

Sulfikar Amir raises some very interesting points about the Design Policy that is currently implemented into the third world and how design based policies can be the basis of positive socio economic and personal development. Although there are amazing outcomes from generating a political economy of design, the current political targets and agendas of both the first and third worlds are muffling the potential of human based design policy.

Amir believes that when human based design policy is implemented properly and is relative to political ergonomics, it can create a fairer political setting of design policy that allows people to influence orientation. For this to happen the way designers think alike must shift to focus on basic human need as the centrepiece of progressive design. Design is still an emerging concept in many third world countries and is being used to try and minimise the on going debt that tie these countries to the larger financial strong holds of the first world by using it develop their industries.

Amir seems to believe that is not as important as I think it is. He is correct to say that the basic human needs of an individual are more important but it must be remembered that design is not a working miracle and that any country that plans to develop must first have a stable economic situation, if they are to not build their foundation supports with their debt that is owed to others.

It is amazing that so many developing countries are realising the power of design. For many, education only appeared this century and for design schools, councils and foundations to now be appearing is truly an amazing leapfrog in itself.

This will be the key to the design relevant development of these countries, as I believe is not only important for design to be human centred but also coming from the inside of these countries. From the people and for their people.   


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