DA: What did you personally get out of creating it?
JA: "We were honoured to be asked to create a book where we had control over all written and visual content, and where we could put forward an argument in our own style. It was also an opportunity for us to experiment in a way that we might not have been able to with another authors work."
DA: Which fact did you find most shocking?
JA: "There are a few such as: Between 1990 and 2005, Brazil cleared 42,329,000 hectares of forest — an area larger than Germany; Just one percent of China's 561 million urban inhabitants breathe art considered to be safe by the world health organisation; Life expectancy in Swaziland is the lowest in the world — just 32 years."
DA: What are your thoughts in globalisation and what has influenced this?
JA: "I do not disagree with the concept of globalisation, for developing nations it has increased economic prosperity. However I am opposed to the kind of neo-liberal agenda which forces developing countries to de-regulate their markets, subjects them to cheap goods from developed countries and which in turn destroys demand for their domestic product. This isn't a new idea: the British Empire did it to India during the late 18th and early 19th century."
DA: What can designers and artists who work in an increasingly global trade do to help change the direction of globalisation?
JA: "That is a behemoth of a question. How do designers and artists change the direction of a force such as globalisation? I think it's impossible. Design and art will affect nothing in isolation but they can be part of a wider change within society, only if the feeling is to change the direction of globalisation. I think the thing to do is to try to act in a responsible way, and try not to make a mess to the earth before you go — it's that simple."