Social design is the most interesting direction the design field has taken in the last generation, but it has yet to become a better practice. Vera Sacchetti tackles state of social design projects and demonstrates why good intentions are not enough.
Will Myers illustrates an emerging design practice that draws on the knowledge and techniques of biology and incorporates the use of living material.
Emily Leibin examines the largely unknown residential work of the Jewish architect Elroy Webber who designed bespoke homes in the Connecticut Valley region in the 1960s.
Two Decades Of Failure, Betrayal & Disaster: The Production Design of Wes Anderson’s Films as it Relates to the Family Dynamic
Kathryn Henderson looks into the meticulous production design in the films of Wes Anderson
Using OMA’s Torre Bicentenario in Mexico City as a fulcrum for discussion, Becky Quintal examines architect-led initiatives that attempt to communicate, educate, and persuade the public.
Angela Riechers delves into the design of personal objects of mourning and the role of technology in preserving human memories.
With the research trail taking her from Westchester County to Copenhagen, Denmark, Sarah Froelich investigates the history of Dansk Designs, the company that brought Danish tabletop design to the United States
Objects to be Read, Words to be Seen: Design and Visual Language in the Films of Jean-Luc Godard, 1959–1967
Examining le graphisme within the cultural context of 1960’s Paris, Laura Forde interprets the graphic language in the œuvre of French new wave filmmaker Jean-Luc Godard
Entire swaths of the built environment are off-limits to most people representing the shadow side of urbanity. Alan Rapp argues that the city we truly experience is only the small portion we are allowed into.
Chappell Ellison examines the design semiotics of modern movie theaters
Fred Duarte looks at how the conceptualization and production of consumer goods in Brazil reflect a country in transition.
John Cantwell considers how car sharing could affect the way we use and design cars in the future.
Amelia Black delves into the communicative power of smell in design experience.
Hala Abdul Malak embarks on a journey to recontextualize the Kafiye today.
Tiffany Lambert provides insights into the way participatory culture operates in relation to product design, and suggests key areas worth deeper, more nuanced consideration.
Cecilia Fagel takes a pedestrian approach to the design of nature in the city, studying the winding parkland fronting each doorstep, and inspecting nature in the public sidewalk.
Overcoming Obstruction: Identifying the Infrastructural Inequities that Perpetuate Segregation in Red Hook
Brigette Brown identifies a range of barriers—sometimes visible, sometimes invisible—that prohibit Red Hook residents’ movement within their Brooklyn neighborhood.
Matt Shaw demonstrates how the literal is being used in contemporary practice at many scales.
Bryn Smith examines the tensions that underscore persistent objections to displaying graphic design, and asks whether this shift signals the start of a larger discussion about representation in the field.
Humans By Design: How Design Reconsiders the Human Body as a Material, a Medium, and a Site for Critical Interventions
Caterina Francisca argues for a definition of—and more serious guidelines for—the role of a designer within scientific research that concerns living organisms.