Whenever I hear the word artifact, I automatically think of pyramids, a tomb, a sarcophagus, and Canopic jars. I am sure we all have an idea of ancient ruins or objects that arise in our minds when we think about the word "artifact". However, this reading sheds light on the fact that an object does not need to be 1000 years old in order to be considered an artifact, but can be any object, just like the one I am using at this current moment to submit this review. My laptop, my make up, my backpack, these are all artifacts of the present day.
Although, this is not the only thing this article has brought the my attention. I have never thought of the term "artifact" as thoroughly as I have after reading this. There is a large role that the creator of the artifact plays when producing artifacts. But this just makes me think about artifacts today versus artifacts in the past. In the past, before the industrial revolution, majority of things were craft produced. This way, the creator had a large say in how the object was produced and constructed and this gave the artifact a more authentic feel. Maybe because there was only a limited amount of these artifacts and now must be cherished as they allow for us to understand more about the past. However artifacts today, as most things, are made in factories. Many of our artifacts, just as our laptops, were designed by huge teams, and were made in factories else where, and resources extracted from somewhere else. How does all this have an effect on how we value our artifacts today versus how we value the artifacts of those in the past?
Although I find this reading off track, I found that as a designer it is important to understand that I will be someday contributing to the artifacts being produced. And these artifacts will have an impact on our future and generations to come.