"Design and the Elastic Mind"

At BusinessWeek Bruce Nussbaum links to an upcoming exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art tackling the difficult subject of how design can make the developments of the modern world intelligible.

An introduction to the exhibit explains: "One of design's most fundamental tasks is to stand between revolutions and life, and to help people deal with change...," to "translate disruptive innovation." The exhibit is focused on "designers' ability to grasp momentous changes in technology, science, and social mores... and convert them into objects and systems that people understand and use."

Contributions from teams of scientists and designers will be on display. I was struck by how the two images accompanying the MOMA announcement make use of the biological metaphor that Robert Frenay successfully deploys in a book that I'm enjoying, Pulse: The Coming Age of Systems and Machines Inspired by Living Things. Or perhaps I'm just seeing the biological inspiration in a variety of things these days.

"Design and the Elastic Mind" begins February 24 and runs through May 12.