Why do we complain? That question is at the heart of “The Power of Design 2014: Complaints,” an event presented by The Wolfsonian Museum in Miami Beach.
Their expert take? Complaining fuels positive change.
Think of all the great things that developed from common gripes. Bike share programs have spread because of dissatisfaction with public transport. La-Z-Boy chairs were invented to make reclining more comfortable. Tiny bottles of alcohol were created to let you drink on an airplane (probably). The list goes on.
Now on display at The Wolfsonian is an exhibit called “Complaints! An Inalienable Right,” featureing posters from graphic designers, showcasing common complaints in the form of art. “BUMMER” is another exhibit on display which showcases a collection of human documents to show how a complaint can drive artistic creation.
Fusion’s Arielle Castillo visited the exhibitions and caught up with designer and curator Todd Oldham to learn more about the art of complaining.