OW #4 is out, btw. In this contribution, I examine various ways in which designers have conceptualized, expressed and exerted their power.

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@entreprecariat Do you think a designer's power is a function of their level of conformity to conventions and popular styles?

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@entreprecariat So how much "terrible UX" is just unconventional design?

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@entreprecariat Or conversely, how much powerlessness is a kind of cowardice on the part of designers?

@entreprecariat There's the old story about DJ Shadow being invited by a clueless mainstream club promoter to play a venue in Florida – knowing only that he's a famous DJ but not that he tends to play more experimental, not-so-dancey stuff. After several minutes of unsuccessful haggling for more crowd-friendly music, the artist was asked to leave the stage. He marches off, telling the businessman that his music was "too future for you".

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