From dedicating their skills to the underserved to political ambitions and intents to be focused, top design leaders share their New Year’s resolutions.
Professor Elizabeth Guffey, founding editor-in-chief of Design and Culture, has announced her intention to step down as the journal’s editor by June, 2018. As a result, the Design Studies Forum and Taylor and Francis/Routledge are initiating a search for a new editor or co-editors of the journal.
Deadline for applications is January 31, 2018.
Fantastic content, resources and design professionals!
Wednesday, February 21, 2017
“Ariadne’s Thread: Understanding Eurasia Through Textiles”
Time: 02/21/2018: 8:30AM–10:00AM
Location: Room 408B
Chair: Mariachiara Gasparini, Independent Scholar
“Svayaṃprabhā’s Skirt – Tracing a Royal Pattern from Kuča”
Astrid Kleid, Universität Leipzig
“Roundel Patterns of the Silk Road: Still Rolling?”
Elena Varshavskaya, Rhode Island School of Design
“The Curious Cultural Cocktail of the Transylvanian Carpet”
Jeffrey Taylor, Western State Colorado University
Looking for initiatives seeking to change
the design discipline from within
On the occasion of the Swiss Design Network conference “Beyond Change: questioning the role of design in global transformation”, we are compiling a list of design platforms and initiatives that seek to expose the social, political, cultural, economic and environmental impact of design, revealing its complicity in creating, perpetuating, or intensifying problems, with the aim of formulating new strategies to overcome these challenges.
We are searching for initiatives that critically investigate the politics of design practice, as well as the politics of the artefacts, systems and practices produced by designerly activity — in short, platforms which are problematizing the role of design from within the discipline itself. This could include (but is not limited to) initiatives that seek to decolonize, depatriarchalize and deprecarize the design field in general; develop self-critical alternatives to design education; promote sustainable modes of design practice; or expose the labour conditions and ecological impact of design-related production.
Our aim of creating a list of such initiatives is to provide a global overview of the ongoing changes in the critical understanding of design, as well as to foster an intersection between parallel and complementary initiatives. The resulting compilation will be presented through an online open source document, as well as, possibly, in the form of a printed map to be published during the conference.
Do you know any such initiative(s)? Please write us at email@example.com until December 15, 2017. The resulting collection will be published on the occasion of the conference “Beyond Change” and made available online as an open resource.