Recently, a colleague invited me to submit a quote to a book he’s writing called “Developing Citizen Designers.” The book, which will be targeted towards educators, will include a number of practical resources for designers who wish to work in/with/for community more effectively. While I still believe doing the work is the best way to learn how to do the work, I’m glad to see publications of this kind develop.
If something is popular, there’s no point in trying to join in. When you do that, you’ll always be behind, following in the footsteps of others. The only thing you can do as an artist is make your own work and, if you’re lucky, eventually the interest will swing around to you.