Open Letter to the Design Community:
Stand Up for Democracy
1. There is no need to point out that we are now in difficult and
dangerous times. For many years we were living in a world that, despite its problems, has been nevertheless engaged in a democratization process whereby human rights, fundamental freedoms and opportunities for personal development were increasing. Today, this whole picture has changed. Attacks on democracy are active in several countries, including the ones where
democracy seemed to be unshakable.
2. In these new times, the design community (practitioners, researchers, theorists, students, journalists, publishers and curators who are professionally involved in design- related activities) should stand up, speak out and act. To do that we do not have to share the same idea of what democracy is. It is enough to recognize the strong convergence between democracy and design.