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On Default
A Conversation with Gonzalo Vaillo 


Paprika! 6, no. 1, 2020

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What is the default that you believe is the most pressing to address or that you’re the most interested in?
I find ‘default’ as a problematic term when it is used as a goal because it implies that you’ll deliver something that is already known. I would say that the default can be seen as the common agreement within a society, a common ground, which is what makes a collective cultural form of living particular and specific. And this idea obviously is what establishes a measure of rightness. I think especially in creative fields, there is always a necessity that each proposal needs to be confronted with something, and I think that’s what provides guidance and orientation in every design. I think that default is what provides a kind of a measure [...]