A design turn: on post-truth society and the use of design

Keywords: Culture; Design; Communication; Information; Social Responsibility.


In a world with deliberate distortion of the reality to create and shape public opinion and influence social attitudes, objective facts, and logical arguments are losing to emotions and personal beliefs. This post-truth world abides by the rules of volatility, fluctuation, and surplus value that in turn, condemn some aspects of the referentiality of language to the law of obsolescence. It is imperative to conduct how this process affects design, and uncover whether it plays a vital part since, to some extent, design involves the cultivation of emotions in the development of solutions. Literature shows that insincerity exists in the design and advertising industry and the fact that the world works in the way that we design it. Therefore, designers must uphold their social responsibility to create a better world. It is shown that emotions are critical drivers of the designs. Also, it is demonstrated that design is a public language that settles objectives, interests, instruments, and affections held individuals to create political competence and dialogue.


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Author Biography

Mei-Hsin Chen, University of Navarra

Dr. Mei-Hsin Chen is currently Adjunct Professor in Applied Management, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Architecture at University of Navarra, Spain. She received her PhD and MA in Art History from the same university. She was Associate Professor at National Taipei University of Fine Arts and in College of Design at Shih-Chien University, Taiwan. Her recent research deals with, but not limited to, Spanish Contemporary art and its relationships with East Asian aesthetics. She has also published several academic articles and books related to the aesthetic of design.


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How to Cite
Chen, M.-H. (2022). A design turn: on post-truth society and the use of design. Religación, 7(33), e210946. https://doi.org/10.46652/rgn.v7i33.946