A Critique of Social Design Theories

This paper is an inquiry into the role objects play in human life and looks at the two following theoretical frameworks which integrate design and anthropology.

(1) Using design to solve social problems, especially in cross-cultural context

(2) Applying anthropological techniques, theories, and understanding to the design process in order to create a better (more usable) product.

As people seek to solve social problems through the design process much is overlooked in the fact that people are engaged in design all the time, in fact, design is simply one example of a type of educative activity, such as communication, apprenticeship, or any other.