Everything made by human beings, albeit an object, environment, communication or interface, is designed. Everything. In fact, museums, our precious connections to the past, are the representations of man’s design abilities of the time. “Design” is a broad concept, and it can be best understood as both a plan to make something, as well as the physical outcomes. Our buildings, our schools, our clothing and our brands; our recreation, our books, our messages, and even our religions, are influenced and represented by design.
Design brings value to us all in many ways. Perhaps the most concise way to understand the multiple values of design for today is by the contribution to the “triple bottom line” concept of business value – people, planet, profit – design has value by its social, environmental and economic contributions. The impact of design, in fact, can change our world.