Critical Design in Context

Critical Design in Context: History, Theory, and Practices

by Matt Malpass

Matt Malpass is a Senior Lecturer on MA Industrial Design and a Research Fellow in Critical Design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London, UK. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Academic, 2017
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    978-1-4725-7518-0 (hardback)

    978-1-4725-7517-3 (paperback)

    978-1-4725-7520-3 (epdf)

    978-1-4725-7519-7 (epub)

    978-1-4742-9382-2 (online)
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    First edition
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Critical Design is becoming an increasingly influential discipline, affecting policy and practice in a range of fields. Matt Malpass’s 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 critical design 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 wide range of examples from contemporary practice, and drawing on interviews with key practitioners, Matt Malpass provides an introduction to critical design practice and a manifesto for how a radical and unorthodox practice might provide design answers in an age of austerity and ecological crisis.