Critical and Future concepts

Critical concept

Critical Design

What is critical design?, Don’t Panic – Roger Ibars
Speculative and critical Design in the gallery and beyond , The speculative and the mundane in practices of futuremaking – Exploring relations between design anthropology and critical design – Mette Gislev Kjærsgaard and Laurens Boer, SDU design, University of Southern Denmark

Design Critical Practice

Critical of What? – Ramia Mazé
Difficult forms: Critical Practices of Design and Research – By Ramia Mazé and Johan Redström
Default Systems in Graphic Design – Discussion between Rob Giampietro and Rudy VanderLans
A Swedish Perspective on Critical Practice – Rick Poynor
Forms of Inquiry – exhibition
Iaspis Forum on Design and Critical Practice: The Reader – several authors
Black Transparency – Metahaven
Designs for an overpopulated planet: Foragers, 2009 – Dunne and Raby
After Life Euthanasia Device, 2009 – Dunne and Raby
Emigre 57 – The Experimental JetSet
Call For Entries… A feature article without content – Daniel Eatock
“Re-View” issue #7 – Re-magazine
That New Design Smell Magazine

Design Fictions

Design fiction – Wikipédia
Design Fictions About Critical Design – Cameron Tonkinwise
Just Design, Being Dogmatic about Defining Speculative Critical Design Future Fiction – Cameron Tonkinwise
What is design fiction? – Joshua Tanenbaum
On Design Fictions – Bruce Sterling
What is the future of critical design?, Don’t panic – Roger Ibars
Critical Design / Critical Futures – Speculative Design Futures: Theory + Praxis – Emily Kao
Cognitive Redirective mapping: Designing futures that challenge anthropocentrism – Tristan Schultz
Speculative Everything: Design, Fiction, and Social Dreaming – Anthony Dunne,Fiona Rab

Design Criticism

Graphic Design & Critical Thinking – class first given in fall 2006 at the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI
Critical Thinking by Design – Joanne Gainen Kurfiss, Santa Clara University
Research Through Design and Knowledge – Jeffrey Bardzell, Shaowen Bardzell, Lone Koefoed Hansen
A plea for more critical thinking in design, please – John Barratt
Learning to Think Critically – Steven Bradley

Post-Critical / Un-Critical

Avoiding the Post-critical – Francisco Laranjo
Toward Critical Autonomy or can Graphic Design save itself Andrew Blauvelt
The Work of Task – Andrew Blauvel
Critical of What? Toward a Utopian Realism – Reinhold Martin
Surface, White Night Manifesto – Metahaven
The First Things First Manifesto – several authors
Post-Critical Again – Charlie Cannon



Graphic Design in the Postmodern Era – Mr. Keedy
Fredric Jameson’s interpretation of postmodernism – Ira Chernus
Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism – Fredric Jameson
What is post-modernism? – Charles Jencks
Critical Modernism: Where is Post-Modernism Going? – Charles Jencks


Modernism in Design – Paul Greenhalgh



Futures concept

Historical Utopians

Republic – Plato
Utopia [book] – Thomas More
The Commonwealth of Oceana – James Harrington (related: John Locke’s Road to Serfdom – John Quiggin)
The 60s Communes: Hippies and Beyond – Timothy Miller

Utopic socialism

Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 – Edward Bellamy
News From Nowhere – William Morris
The Great Explosion – Eric Frank Russell
A Modern Utopia – H. G. Wells

Tech Futures and Foresights

A Primer on Futures Studies, Foresight and the Use of Scenarios – Joseph Voros
Discourse, Speculation and Disciplinarity: Designing Urban Futures – several authors
City | Data | Future
City | Data | Future (video)
The UrbanIxD Manifesto
Critical Design / Critical Futures

Philosophical Approaches to Futures

Becoming (concept), Heraclitus
The Future is Subhuman – Keith Ansell-Pearson about Malcolm Bulll Anti-Nietzsche
Prolegomena to Any Future Materialism – Adrian Johnston
Futures – Jacques Derrida
Crimes of the Future – Jean-Michel Rabaté
El final de la utopía – Herbert Marcuse
Dialectic of the Past / Disjuncture of the Future: Derrida and Benjamin on the Concept of Messianism – Owen Ware
Philosophy in the Making – Quentin Meillassoux
Weak Messianism: Walter Benjamin’s Arcades Project – Alexander Gelley


The Future Lasts Forever – multiple authors
Crença na utopia é ainda a melhor forma de questionar a exclusão social – Slavoj Žižek
Vivir en el fin de los tiempos – Slavoj Žižek
Julian Assange in conversation with Slavoj Zizek moderated by Democracy Now’s Amy Goodman
Let Us Be Realists And Demand The Impossible: Communism – Slavoj Žižek
Festival of Dangerous Ideas
Be realistic, demand the impossible – Alan Dobson
Design for transitions – from and to what? – Cameron Tonkinwise

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