Designer Elliott Earls presents his perspective on establishment and anarchy. How does one visualize dissent? It can take the form of a sophisticated challenge to dominant ideologies—political, religious, or cultural—or the opposite: an anti-establishment counterculture with no message. How are people responding to or acting on these images? Are designers defined by a “design canon” which determines the way they operate? Should they look beyond traditional sources of inspiration or court contradiction and chaos to produce relevant, resonant, and prescient design?
This video contains the first 10 minutes of Elliott Earls lecture at the ICA in Boston. The portion shown attempts to provide a context for The Saranay Motel and how it relates to the Cranbrook Poster series seen below.