State of Design Report
Qustioning Design’s Apparent Omniscience


> In 2019 the UK Design Council declared “Whatever the question, design has an answer.” While not quite so bold the British designer Jay Osgerby maintains that “Design is the Answer to a Very Difficult Question.” Both valiant statements play on Cedric Price’s massively exploited conundrum “Technology is the answer, but what was the question?” If, as the Design Council asserts, design always has an answer, is design’s apparent omniscience an accurate depiction of the state of design?

> To answer this question researchers in the School of Design at the Royal College of Art were asked to report on the state of design.

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