All tagged Consumerism

Buy More By Design

We’ve built a global economy based on the consumption of products, services and experiences. To make it work, in the last fifty years, we’ve intentionally designed many socio-cultural frameworks that encourage mass consumption at an unprecedented scale. This is ecologically unsustainable and it’s time to design a different way to live. If we really want to be human centred, then we should start from the most enriched view of human experience, one where we live in equilibrium in our ecology. Then we should work backwards to figure out business models that make it work. 

Shopping Malls: When a Good Idea Met Opposing Incentives

The creation of community, which no doubt includes healthy commerce, was Victor Gruen’s original dream for shopping malls. This is not the same as the design of an inward turning space that encourages shopping as a means to an end. It just goes to show, the best design intentions only come into their own, when they align with the right incentives. Fit good intentions to opposing incentives and the outcome may disappoint you.