We live in an age of information and one who has more information (read data) the more powerful they are.
So if the information is that powerful, how impactful can a piece of misleading information be?
We have seen riots, political upsets and wars based on misinformation in the recent past. The problem is that you don’t need a rocket launcher to fire misinformation. A 140 character message is sufficient.In this age of information, the content creators have a great role to play. The power of design is much more impactful than any time before in history. The way data is presented can change perceptions. A piece of information presented in a form that it looks authentic is good enough to make people believe things.
Designers need to evolve and verify the authenticity of the information that they are going to design.
This might mean lost clients, fewer projects and initial resistance but will also mean a better planet, fewer wars and more satisfaction.
Not all superheroes wear capes.
A popular LinkedIn quote reads not all superheroes wear capes. Be that hero. Likewise, not all warriors need swords and bullets, fight your war with your choices. Only recently we saw an example where a designer exposed major brands for their insensitivity towards black lives matter protest and rejected their high paying offer for work. We need more such designers to elevate the role of designers in the world.
The way data is presented can change perceptions.
The rule to follow is to
Create what you can stand for. And once created, stand for what you have designed.
I would like to close with the quote, Design can change the world and let that change be for the good of the world.