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One Day for Design: What Does Design Mean to You and Your Future?

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Are you annoyed by the redundancy of the daily grind or the seemingly unchanging nature of your environs? Feeling stuck is understandable knowing we're only halfway to the weekend. But it's not necessary. You are in control of the patterns and designs you encounter (at least within the confines of the cubicle or office). Instead of zoning out on the desktop wallpaper that you never change or the series of cacti that has occupied prime real estate on your desk for years without requiring much water, perhaps it's time for action. Today is the day for discourse -- if not action -- according to design advocacy organization AIGA's One Day for Design campaign.

One Day for Design is structured as a real-time Twitter- and blog-based conversation and appreciation of design, designers and design culture. Anyone can take part or observe by tracking (or clicking on) the Twitter hashtag #1D4D. (Comments below tagged #1D4D and cross-posted to Twitter count too!)

We chatted with Silver Lake-based writer and blogger Alissa Walker (aka Gelatobaby) who is one of eight #1D4D moderators.

"I'm interested in how tools like Twitter can be used to spark a conversation between many different people working in an industry," Walker told us as she queried the masses: "Obama's about to give a speech on the budget crisis: http://t.co/WAEP7po How could designers help here? #1D4D"

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One of the more intriguing responses to the question was from @chadphall: "@gelatobaby Help the govt tell the nation how the budget works. A group is trying to do that with "Visual Budget" http://kck.st/hGKGKx #1D4D"

"I describe design as solving problems," Walker told us.

How does design play a part in your life and how do you envision it affecting the future?