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Death & Design: A challenge to designers acknowledge death as part of our life and work

Nick Jehlen

The practice of design is driven by constraints. Boundaries challenge us to look at problems from new perspectives and find creative solutions. But we often fail to acknowledge the most fundamental constraint: we, and everything we do, will end.

What we are suggesting is that designers participate in the unhiding of death. We propose exposing it as a constraint on all of our designs: the death of objects, of organizations, and of ourselves.

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