A year ago I told myself that social design would thrive in reverse proportion to the stock market. As soon as the Dow hit 10,000, I suspected, designers would abandon their humanitarian projects and resume work on $6,000 pendants. So much for the wisdom of a cynic. The Dow now gyrates above 10,600 and social design is thriving. Where's the evidence? In May the Cooper-Hewitt will show more than 100 do-gooder designs in its National Design Triennial.
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