information into knowledge.
knowledge into utility.
utility into culture
From user flows
to adoption curves,
to zoning regulations,
we live in a world of
But human creation is breaking the planet, and bringing the ruin of life and species. Introspection and a radical recalibration are our only chance of reversing the situation.
What’s needed is a “wisdom of gods,” found encoded across culture- or dharma. Through culture, we have a shot.
The evolution needed in design is that of culture-rooting. More specifically, of dhārmika design thinking. And since dharma is the endeavor to conduct life and society in harmony with the natural order- which is ṛta (ऋत)- dharma-led design is effectively ṛta in design.
“Design creates culture.
Culture shapes values.
Values determine the future.”
-Robert Peteres, Circle Design
In the distant past,
The sound instruments of mental scientists converted information to knowledge,
And engineers of praxis and ritual converted knowledge to utility.
Dharma is the conversion and manifestation of utility in the cultural context, ie.:
Dharma IS Design
The Design Process
1. Svataḥ Siddha- Preparing the Mind of the Creator
2. Purohita- Leading One’s Own Yajña to Completion
3. Saṃskartṛ- The Design Being
Principles of Ṛta in Design
A. Intent- Design of the Designer
B. Agency- From Intent to Manifestation
C. Grounding- Cultural Grounding for Ultimate Purpose
D. Consonance- Sense-making At All Levels
We see Ṛta in Design as the evolution that design thinking needs, bringing to it a much needed cultural rooting.
Out now, the Introduction to Ṛta in Design that details the framework, the above process and principles, and provides context to where this system sits in the overall worlds of design.
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