Critical Design in Context: History, Theory, and Practice

Critical Design in Context: History, Theory, and Practice

Critical Design in Context: History, Theory, and Practice

By Matt Malpass

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Critical Design is becoming an increasingly influential discipline, affecting policy and practice in various fields. Matt Malpass’s book is the first to introduce crucial design as a field, providing a history of the discipline, outlining its key influences, theories and approaches, and explaining how critical methods can work in practice through a range of contemporary examples. Critical Design moves away from traditional systems that limit design’s role to the production of profitable objects, focusing instead on a practice that is interrogative, discursive and experimental. Using a wide range of examples from contemporary practice and drawing on interviews with key practitioners, Matt Malpass introduces critical design practice and a manifesto for how a radical and unorthodox approach might provide design answers in an age of austerity and ecological crisis.

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