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Modes of Criticism

a design criticism journal + public program at Onomatopee

Onomatopee 145

Modes of Criticism is a design criticism journal published annually. It examines what is meant by ‘criticality’ in design, and works towards the politicisation of its discourse and practice through a variety of disciplinary intersections.
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Francisco Laranjo is a designer and researcher. He has been a guest and visiting lecturer at many universities in Europe, US and Australia, including the Sandberg Institute (NL), CalArts (US) and the Royal College of Art (UK). He frequently writes for several international publications and is co-director of the design research centre Shared Institute.

Modes of Criticism, the magazine, is hosted by Onomatopee Projects - public galley and publisher- since 2017 as Onomatopee 145.

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Onomatopee 145.1, Francisco Laranjo / Modes of Criticism, 2017

Modes of Criticism 3

design and democracy

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The third volume of Modes of Criticism focuses on graphic design’s struggle in dealing with political issues in recent years. From the bankruptcy of subvertising, to the rise of the ‘post-truth’ after Trump’s election and Brexit, and a permanent state of rebranding, there are new contexts demanding new strategies. Questioning the discipline’s misconstruction of terminology such as ‘design activism’, while examining multiple tactics, their discourse, shortfalls and potential, this volume opens up an intersection between design and democracy.

Contents
Style? Strategy! On Communication Design as Meaning Production,Els Kuijpers
Continuous Rebranding: Interview with Angela Mitropoulos
Graphic Design Against Brexit (and Beyond), Laura Gordon
Design Activism: A Conversation by the Decolonising Design Group
Linkedin Society, Silvio Lorusso
Hardwired Hegemony: Art & Design After Neoliberalism, Luke Pendrell and James Trafford

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Contributors Modes of Criticism #3
Els Kuijpers is a design critic, lecturer and curator in the field of culture and visual communication; and PhD candidate at ACPA, Leiden University (NL), doing research into ‘the politics of design: the liberating potential of communication design in post/modern times – towards a critical method in communication design.’
Angela Mitropoulos is a Sydney-based theorist and academic. She is the author of Contract & Contagion: From Biopolitics to Oikonomia(2012), as well as numerous essays on borders, finance and work. Her most recent published essay is on post-Fordist fascism, and her forthcoming book is titled Infrastructures of Uncommon Forms.
Laura Gordon is a designer, researcher and educator based in London (UK). She teaches Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, and is co-founder of Crowd Talks.
The Decolonising Design Group was founded in 2016 by eight design researchers, artists, and activists stemming from or with ties to the Global South, as a response to Euro- and Anglocentric socio-technical politics and pedagogies of design as both a field of research and praxis. In that sense, the group does not aim to offer an “alternative perspective” on design, but rather to question the very foundations upon which the discipline was established.
Silvio Lorusso is a designer without qualities, an artist without a gallery and a writer without spell checker. He is currently based in Rotterdam (NL) and writes on the blog Welcome to the Entreprecariat.
Luke Pendrell leads the Visual Communication programme in the School of Art at the University of Brighton. He is co-editor of Speculative Aesthetics (Urbanomic, 2015) and is co-authoring The End of Culture (with James Trafford). Work has been exhibited at amongst others; MoMi New York, The Museum of Contemporary Art Sydney, The Barbican and Tate Britain.
James Trafford is Senior Lecturer in Critical Approaches to Art & Design at the University for the Creative Arts, Epsom (UK). He is author of Meaning in Dialogue (Springer, 2017), co-editor of Speculative Aesthetics (Urbanomic, 2015), and currently working on a monograph entitled Militant Reason, and co-authoring The End of Culture (with Luke Pendrell).

Type
softcover
Dimensions
208 x 129 MM / 8.2 x 5.9 inches standing
Pages
96
ISBN
978-94-91-677779
Editor
Francisco Laranjo
Author
Els Kuijpers, Angela Mitropoulos, Laura Gordon, Decolonising Design Group, Silvio Lorusso, Luke Pendrell, James Trafford.
Graphic
Francisco Laranjo
Language
English
Release date
03/11/2017
Binding
sewn and glued
Paper
Popset Apricot, Munken Print Cream
Color
23 fc full page images, 71 duotone images
Printer
Grafica Maidadouro, Lisbon (PT)
Font
Breve Sans Text
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Onomatopee 145.2, Francisco Laranjo / Modes of Criticism, 2019

Modes of Criticism 4

Radical Pedagogy

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This volume investigates the use of the word 'radical' in design discourse and practice, tracing precedents, problems and challenges for the future of the discipline.
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Table of contents:
* Radicalise Me.
Danah Abdulla
* Ontological Design and Criticality
Anne-Marie Willis
* Anti-Fashion: using the sari to decolonise fashion 
Tanveer Ahmed
* (Incomplete)
Kenneth FitzGerald
* Design From Within
depatriarchise design
* Design Friction
Anja Groten
* Education at 400bpm
Hannah Ellis
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Anne-Marie Willis is a design theorist, writer and editor, her most recent book being The Design Philosophy Reader (Bloomsbury, 2019). She is based at The Studio at the Edge of the World in Tasmania, and holds Visiting Professorships at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, University of Adelaide, and the German University in Cairo, Egypt.
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depatriarchise design is a non-profit association and research-led platform that examines the complicity of design in the reproduction of oppressive systems, focusing predominantly on patriarchy, using intersectional feminist analysis. depatriarchise design questions the shape and the very definition of design as a discipline, as well as its priorities, politics, and agendas. depatriarchise design works across different mediation formats: workshops, labs, talks, publications and a weblog.
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Danah Abdulla is a designer, educator and researcher. She is Senior Lecturer in Communication Design at Brunel University London, a founding member of the Decolonising Design research group, and the Creative Director and Editor of Kalimat Magazine. She holds a PhD in Design from Goldsmiths, University of London.
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Kenneth FitzGerald is a writer and educator teaching at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia, US.
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Hannah Ellis is a designer, writer and educator based in London (UK).
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Tanveer Ahmed is an PhD student at The Open University, UK and a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art. Tanveer’s research aims are to devise anti-racist and post-capitalist fashion design agendas.
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Anja Groten is a designer, educator and community organiser investigating collaborative processes of design, based in Amsterdam (NL). She is the co-founder of the initiative Hackers & Designers, attempting to break down the barriers between the two fields by enforcing a common vocabulary through education, hacks and collaboration. Anja is a PhD candidate at Leiden University and a researcher at the consortium ‘Bridging Art, Design and Technology through Critical Making’.
Type
softcover
Dimensions
135 x 210 mm / 5.3 x 8.3 inches (portrait)
Pages
96
ISBN
978-94-93148-13-0
Editor
Francisco Laranjo
Author
Hannah Ellis, Danah Abdulla, Tanveer Ahmed, depatriarchise design, Anne-Marie Willis, Kenneth FitzGerald, Anja Groten
Graphic
Francisco Laranjo
Language
English
Release date
23/08/2019
Binding
sewn and glued
Paper
Munken Pure, Popset Sweet Rose
Color
Single-colour throughout
Printer
Grafica Maidadouro, Lisbon (PT)
Font
Reforma
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Onomatopee 145.3, Francisco Laranjo / Modes of Criticism, 2019

Modes of Criticism 5

Design Systems

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Within graphic design, the concept of systems is profoundly rooted in form. Starting from a series of design research residencies in the context of the Porto Design Biennale, this volume proposes a variety of perspectives - social, cultural, political - to challenge this deeply engrained tradition.

 

Contents:
1.
Graphic Design Systems, and the Systems of Graphic Design
Francisco Laranjo
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Design Systems, Porto Design Biennale Research Residencies
Luiza Prado & Pedro Oliveira, ACED, Ruben Pater, Demystification Committee
3.
One Size Fits All
Ruben Pater
4.
Fluttering Code: A Cultural and Aesthetic History of the Split-flap Display
Shannon Mattern
5.
Anything with a Shape Cannot Be Broken
Ian Lynam
6.
Co-Creating Empowering Economic Systems – Strategies for Action
Brave New Alps
7.
Lining Out

Georgina Voss

Bios:
Luiza Prado’s work engages with material and visual culture through the lenses of decolonial and queer theories. She is part of the design education duo A Parede and a founding member of Decolonising Design. www.a-pare.de
Pedro Oliveira is a researcher, sound artist, and educator working in, with, and around decolonial and sonic thinking. He is one half of the design education duo A Parede and a founding member of Decolonising Design.
Belle Phromchanya’s work focuses on visual research, documentary film, installation, and public events; displaying personal explorations of shifting political and social realities. In 2016, , she co-founded ACED with Noortje van Eekelen, an institute for design, art, and journalism based in Amsterdam with the aim to promote interdisciplinarity between the artistic and journalistic fields. www.aced.site
Ruben Pater is a designer at a moment in time when more design is the last thing the world needs. In search for ethical alternatives he designs, writes, and teaches. He lives and works in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. www.untold-stories.net
The Demystification Committee studies the intensities of late capitalism. Established in 2016, the Demystification Committee is chaired from London and Berlin. www.demystification.co
Shannon Mattern is Professor at The New School for Social Research. Her writing and teaching focus on media architectures and infrastructures and spatial epistemologies. She has written books about libraries, maps, and the history of urban intelligence, and she contributes a column to Places Journal. wordsinspace.net
Ian Lynam is a graphic designer and design teacher based in Tokyo, Japan. He is faculty at the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts and faculty at Temple University Japan, as well as 2019 Visiting Critic at CalArts.
Brave New Alps are a design practice based in the Italian Alps. They produce participatory design projects that engage people in reconfiguring the politics of social and environmental issues. They combine design research methods with radical pedagogy, feral approaches to community economies and lots of DIY making and organising.
Georgina Voss is an artist, writer, and educator. She is a Reader in Systems and Deviance at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, where she is also co-founder and lead of Supra Systems Studio.
Francisco Laranjo is a graphic designer and researcher. He is co-director of the design research centre Shared Institute, Porto, Portugal.
Type
softcover
Dimensions
135 x 210 mm / 5.3 x 8.3 inches (portrait)
Pages
118
ISBN
978-94-93148-21-5
Editor
Francisco Laranjo
Author
Francisco Laranjo,
Graphic
Francisco Laranjo, Luiza Prado & Pedro Oliveira, ACED, Ruben Pater, Demystification Committee, Shannon Mattern, Ian Lynam, Georgina Voss
Language
English
Release date
09/12/2019
Binding
sewn and glued
Paper
poposet cloud 90 gr., Oikos Extra White 115 gr., Symbol Freelife Satin 130 gr., Symbol Freelife Country 250 gr.
Edition
1.000
Color
16 pages full color, rest b/w
Printer
Grafica Maidadouro, Lisbon (PT)
Font
Oli Grotesk L
Image specs
9 full color, 7 black/white
Made possible by
Porto Design Biennale, Provincie Noord-Brabant
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