Distant Voices

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  • Title: Distant Voices: Design and Development from an Alternative Perspective
  • Author(s): Carl Harrison
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Design Principles & Practices
  • Date: June 13, 2016
  • ISBN (hbk): 978-1-61229-861-0
  • ISBN (pbk): 978-1-61229-862-7
  • ISBN (pdf): 978-1-61229-863-4
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/978-1-61229-863-4/CGP
  • Citation: Harrison, Carl. 2016. Distant Voices: Design and Development from an Alternative Perspective. Champaign, IL: Common Ground Research Networks. doi:10.18848/978-1-61229-863-4/CGP.
  • Extent: 280 pages

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The contemporary globalised nature of design and design aesthetics can be found all around us in the must have branded goods sold in London, New Delhi and Lagos. Although much of this modern vocabulary can be traced back to even older creative narratives that still exist in many parts of the developing world, they themselves are often unable to compete on an equal playing field with this internationalist language. This book hopes to stimulate a much needed debate on the nature of product development in the developing world, to identify the reasons for this present situation and to review the potential of alternative approaches to creativity in a non-western context. It suggests a number of alternative creative strategies to help those in the developing world initiate innovative product directions of their own in order to challenge this all-pervasive internationalist model and to act as a catalyst for change.