Created with Sketch.
Created with Sketch.

CriticALL!

(un)professional everyday design criticism

Onomatopee 186

From Google reviews to YouTube tutorials, and from online service desks to real-life ‘may I speak to the manager’ requests - we are all critics of our designed environment. It seems therefore strange, if not outrageous, that design criticism is a practice considered to be a haute-for-few instead of a low-for-all. Design belongs to all of us and, therefore, its criticism as well. How can we activate more people to become actively aware of and critical towards their designed environments?

open call and results
Onomatopee launched an open call to advocate for (un)professional everyday design criticism. Participants were asked to submit a short text that criticizes, discusses, analyzes or reflects upon an everyday design object, system, environment, or construct. The 15 selected essays can be read individually in the installation and will soon be published collectively in a book.

show
Billboard advertisements are designed to catch a person’s attention and create a memorable impression very quickly, meant to leave the reader thinking about the advertisement after they have driven, walked, or cycled past it. The CriticALL! installation makes use of these mass-communication aesthetics (billboard, newsstand) to catch everyone’s attention and wishes to redirect that attention towards the critical content of the 15 selected essays of the CriticALL! open call.

The 15 selected essays are written by:
Adina Glickstein, Anniek Tijmes, Bessie Rubinstein, Iskander Guetta, Jo Minhinnett, Judith Leijdekkers, Lara Chapman, Lauren Thu, Pete Fung, Plasticity Studio, Rosannagh Maddock, Stijn van de Vyver, Vanessa Brazeau, Y. Selim, Zack Wellin

Agenda

Publication

Onomatopee 186, Joannette van der Veer, 2021

CriticALL!

(un)professional everyday design criticism

€ 15

add to cart

From Google reviews to YouTube tutorials, and from online service desks to real-life ‘may I speak to the manager’ requests–we are all critics of our designed environments. It seems therefore strange, if not outrageous, that design criticism is a practice considered to be a haute-for-few instead of a low-for-all. Design belongs to all of us and, therefore, its criticism as well. How can we activate more people to become actively aware of and critical towards their designed environments?

In Spring 2020, Onomatopee launched CriticALL: an open call to advocate for (un) professional everyday design criticism. Participants were asked to submit a short text that criticizes, discusses, analyzes or reflects upon an everyday design object, system, environment, or construct. Anyone, from layman to professional, and everyone in between, was invited to submit an essay. Out of 70 submissions a selection of 15 short essays were chosen and are displayed in this book, alongside commissioned contributions by renowned (design) critics. With this book, Onomatopee wishes to break down the often closed circuit of design criticism and establish a grounding for a ‘design criticism for all’.

With contributions by Vanessa Brazeau, Lara Chapman, Pete Fung, Iskander Guetta, Adina Glickstein, Judith Leijdekkers, Ellen Lupton, Rosannagh Maddock, Jo Minhinnett, PLSTCTY Studio, Josh Plough, Alice Rawsthorn, Bessie Rubinstein, Y. Selim, Lauren Thu, Anniek Tijmes, Joannette van der Veer, Vincent van Velsen, Stijn van de Vyver and Zack Wellin.

Type
Softcover
Dimensions
124 x 240 mm / 4.92 x 9.54 inch (portrait)
Pages
104
ISBN
9-789493-148499
Editor
Joannette van der Veer
Author
Vanessa Brazeau, Lara Chapman, Pete Fung, Iskander Guetta, Adina Glickstein, Judith Leijdekkers, Ellen Lupton, Rosannagh Maddock, Jo Minhinnett, PLSTCTY Studio, Josh Plough, Alice Rawsthorn, Bessie Rubinstein, Y. Selim, Lauren Thu, Anniek Tijmes, Joannette van der Veer, Vincent van Velsen, Stijn van de Vyver and Zack Wellin.
Graphic
Studio Bramesfeld
Language
English
Release date
31/03/2021
Binding
Glued
Edition
1500
Printer
KOPA
Font
GT Haptik Regular & Rotalic, Orica Light & Bold
Details
Embossed cover
Text editor
Amy Gowen
Made possible by
Stimuleringsfonds Creatieve Industrie, Provincie Noord-Brabant
more specs

PEOPLE INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT AND ALL THE ROLES THESE PEOPLE EVER HAD IN ONOMATOPEE PROJECTS