David Reinfurt's essay Making do and getting by departs from the work of Muriel Cooper and Anthony Froshaug, and relates their critically engaged practice to contemporary projects such as Juerg Lehni's Scriptographer. In this way, he convincingly shows how designers can and should reclaim a more intimate relationship with the digital production of their work. Although he remains quite vague about what this could really mean; sticks to a plugin architecture for Adobe software and uses MacOSX as example of an Open Source Project... his text contains many inspiring examples and interesting points of departure.
"Individually, we can commit to using software critically, engage the mechanics of production, ask questions, use old software, share, write new software and refuse to passively consume the latest innovations. Like Muriel, Anthony, Will and Hektor have suggested, this might actually lead us back — closer to our work."
Yes, indeed: published on the website of Adobe's Design Center Think Tank ;-)