My current front runner for the absolute worst think piece on COVID-19 is Clay Chandler’s, The coronavirus problem could be solved with design thinking.
Chandler laments that,
As answers materialize, designers and design thinkers can play a vital role. Among the areas where they might help:
Visualizing data . . .
Rethinking China’s health care system . . .
Cleaning up China’s wet markets . . .
Design thinking’s methods aren’t widely understood in China. Beijing tends to prefer solutions that involve top-down edict and central control rather than “empathy” and “ideation.” The Wuhan outbreak, and China’s struggle to contain it, demonstrates the need for a different approach.
No thank you. While I think we can all agree that China’s Communist Party dictatorship is awful and the country needs to transition toward democracy, the world isn’t going to be saved from a pandemic with post-it notes and bullshit.