WIRED reports on MoMa’s exhibit, This Is For Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, which features an Arduino!
Paola Antonelli has a theory about designers. “I keep thinking that designers in the future will become almost like philosophers, you know?” she tells me as we wander through a third floor showroom at MoMA, where her most recent exhibition, This Is For Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, just opened. The room is filled with objects—Bjork’s Biophilia tablet app, Kenji Ekuan’s famed Kikkoman soy sauce bottle, the “@” sign—that seem, at first glance, to have little in common beyond the fact Antonelli decided they should be there.
But if you ask Antonelli, the senior curator of architecture and design at MoMA, she’ll say the objects are in this showroom because they share two things she feels are inherent to the practice of good design. First, they need a purpose: “Designers are little bit like singers and actors,” she says. “They need an audience, otherwise they don’t know what to do with themselves.” Second, and more importantly, the pieces in the exhibition are for everyone.
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