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(new) Becoming Human by Design

The title of Tony Fry’s latest book from Berg… Read more…

(new) Unmaking ‘the public’ makes the communal more free

Matt Kiem has problems with terms such as ‘citizen’, ‘public’, and ‘democracy’ in recent endorsements of Zuccotti Park, Occupy and the like… Read more…

(new) The future of design is Design Futures

A new degree program recognises that designers are moving beyond the role of service providers … to become change agents, research based practitioners, critics, entrepreneurs, theorists, strategists and practical intellectuals… Read more…

(new) Design is/is not the problem

Since the Industrial Revolution, design has been on a roll; the world has been transformed not once, but continually. In all its forms and disciplines, design has redrawn, reshaped and reconstituted everything from spoons to cities, but also what and how we see, hear, eat and experience… Read more…

It takes a switch to turn off the spotlight

When asked which of the objects he designed was his favourite, Italian design maestro, Achille Castiglioni responded, “The object I’m proudest of? A switch for an electric lead I designed thirty years ago …”… Read more…

redirections

(new) The unavoidability of ethics

Lisa Norton replies to Yoko Akama’s essay in Design Philosophy Papers that argued against prescriptive conceptualisations of design ethics and instrumentalised versions of human-centred design… Read more…

(new) A dialogue in the ‘we-space’

Yoko Akama finds common ground with Lisa Norton concerning the dilemmas of being an ethical designer … the emphasis on ‘being’ is the key… Read more…

Beyond Progressive Design

Just how progressive is the recent turn towards socially engaged design? A series of papers over two issues of Design Philosophy Papers is asking this question. And we want you to join the conversation… Read more…

fictions

(new) Design Fictions: have they got a future?

The idea of ‘design fictions’ has been floating around for a few years … So what makes design fictions different? One answer is that design fictions are more speculative and open-ended; they don’t have to be realizable right now. Another is that they are a means for having conversations about the future. So, let’s look at some design fictions. What do they offer? What kind of futures do they envisage?… Read more…

Mobile Fresh Air

Will people forget about fresh air, like pure water very soon? Will they buy fresh air as a product in a bottle… Read more…

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