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Modes of Criticism

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.
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.



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.

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

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).

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Francisco Laranjo
Els Kuijpers, Angela Mitropoulos, Laura Gordon, Decolonising Design Group, Silvio Lorusso, Luke Pendrell, James Trafford.
Francisco Laranjo
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