Critical Design in Context

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15 Nov 2017

7.15pm to 9pm

Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability (DESIS)
Public and Collaborative Lecture Series (Lecture 12)


Critical Design is an increasingly influential practice. Dr Matt Malpass’ book is the first to introduce Critical Design as a field, providing a history of the discipline, outlining its key influences, theories and approaches, and explaining how it can work in practice through a range of contemporary examples. Critical Design moves away from traditional approaches that limit design’s role to the production of profitable objects, focusing instead on a practice that is interrogative, discursive and experimental. Using a range of examples from contemporary practice and through discussion with key practitioners, this lecture will offer an introduction to the practice and question how a form of design that is focused on asking questions might function to provide answers in an age of political uncertainty, austerity and ecological crisis.


The event corresponds with the launch of Critical Design in Context: History, Theory, and Practices published by Bloomsbury this year.

Dr Matt Malpass is Course Coordinator on MA Industrial Design and Programme Coordinator for Product Ceramic and Industrial Design at Central Saint Martins. Since 2007 he has been active in design research and from 2011 to 2014 was a Research Fellow in Critical Design in the Socially Responsive Design and Innovation Hub, UAL.

Image: Uncomfortable Chair by Win Tianli Liu.

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