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GETTING POLITICAL
Randy Fiser,
CEO, ASID, and
Tony Brenders,
CEO, IDC
(Image: Lindsay
Cephas)

As this issue went to press, the United States was in the early
throes of what promises to be a heated election year, articles of
impeachment had been fi led against the current U.S. president,
and The Duke of Sussex had officially given up his title and
removed himself from his royal duties. Suffice it to say, politics
were keeping conversations going the world over, and that goes
for the design world as well. Whether it's your current design
commission or your daily business operations, politics are most
certainly a part of every design professional's life.
As this new decade kicks off, i+D takes a look at the countless
ways design and politics are intertwined-from the design
of the buildings that house our politicians to the legislation
that dictates a designer's practice rights. We dive into your
daily business and how ethics and personal politics play a role
in client interaction and project decisions ("Sticky Situations,"
p. 18), and we go deeper still into the legislation that determines
your rights as a practitioner and who legally gets to call
themselves an interior designer ("License to Practice," p. 34).
We also speak with the designers behind some of the most
prominent political commissions in the Americas ("Political
Designs," p. 26) and take a step back in history to examine the
ways in which prominent design movements have reflected
the regimes of their time ("The Making of a Movement," p. 42).

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Throughout our built history, the politics of a particular time
and place have been memorialized in architecture and interior
design-places that go on to become historic houses, museums,
and structures, and which serve to offer future generations
a glimpse into history and power, and how they have been
expressed through design. As designers today navigate the
daily politics of operating a successful business, the longevity
of creative work always should remain top of mind. For
history has proven time and again that regimes will change,
but design endures.

Randy W. Fiser
ASID CEO

Tony Brenders
IDC CEO



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