We recently discovered the book Discovering Design, edited by Richard Buchanan and Victor Margolin, and found it to be quite an interesting read. The book is a collection of essays written by scholars in the fields of sociology, philosophy and psychology, among others, in an attempt to examine the value and place that design has in our world. One of the more interesting passages in the book was in essay by Richard Buchanan...
In the essay "Rhetoric, Humanism, and Design", Buchanan writes:
The origins of design are usually traced to one of only four beginnings. Some argue that design began in the twentieth century with the formation of new disciplines of design thinking. Others argue that design began in the early days of the Industrial Revolution with the transformation of the instruments of production and the social conditions of work. Still other argue that design began in the prehistoric period with the creation of images and objects by primitive human beings. And, finally, some argue that design began with the creation of the universe, the first act of God, who represents the ideal model of a creator which all human designers, knowingly or unknowingly, strive to imitate.
What do you think? What's your take on the origins of design? Why do we need it in our lives?