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Re-design-er

Onomatopee

After years of pondering stasis, we are now all set. Meanwhile, the design field has been transforming. New forms of thinking and making have emerged. Onomatopee is now daring designers to act.

Through three distinct shows, Onomatopee presents the work of designers who critically question and re-think the role of design and the designer.

With this critical gaze, Onomatopee turns into an active laboratory, offering makers, agents, thinkers and performers a playground for experiment. We are not just interested in design solutions, but rather in the possibility of creating new opportunities for action. This implies awareness to how you work, the process.

It is on those processes, that anticipate and inform the design practice, that we turn our attention.The RE-design-er offers us the ability to continuously question ourselves.
A vibrant public program invites you to experience and discuss, out loud and freely, how, why, and for whom does design happen?

RE-Design-er is curated by Cecilia Casabona in collaboration with Onomatopee.

Publication

Onomatopee 214, Danah Abdulla, 2022

Designerly ways of knowing

a working inventory of things a designer should know

€ 12.5

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A guidebook slash notebook of things designers should think about in order for them to know.

 

Design thinking has created divisions in the discipline: either designers are too theory driven or simply practitioners. Those feeling lost can easily turn to a language meant to inspire creative production in easy to pitch ways, where rhetoric uses design to keep power at bay, to celebrate hegemonic beliefs which are used to indoctrinate designers in bad education, incapable of imagining different futures. If you take away the post-its, the A3 papers and the markers, can designers think?

Led by Antonio Gramsci’s advice that knowing thyself requires compiling an inventory, design critic, educator and researcher Danah Abdulla pays tribute to the late architect, activist and critic Michael Sorkin, whose original list "Two Hundred and Fifty Things an Architect Should Know" inspired this updated version targeted at designers. The iterative list is not meant to be a definitive how to guide, but to spark conversations, to prompt critical thinking and to help designers reconfigure their discipline.

 

 

about the author
Danah Abdulla is a Palestinian-Canadian designer, educator and researcher interested in new narratives and practices in design that push the disciplinary boundaries and definitions of the discipline. She is Programme Director of Graphic Design at Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon Colleges of Arts (University of the Arts London). She has previously held positions at Brunel University London and London College of Communication (University of the Arts London). Danah obtained her Ph.D. in Design from Goldsmiths, University of London and is a founding member of the Decolonising Design platform. In 2010, she founded Kalimat Magazine, an independent, nonprofit publication about Arab thought and culture. Her research focuses on decolonising design, possibilities of design education, design culture(s) with a focus on the Arab region, the politics of design, publishing, and social design.

Type
Softcover
Dimensions
110 mm x 175 mm / 4.33 x 9.88 inch portrait
Pages
64
ISBN
978-94-93148-80-2
Editor
Danah Abdulla
Author
Danah Abdulla
Graphic
Rob van Leijsen & Sonia Dominguez
Language
English
Release date
20220307
Binding
glued
Color
inside pages 1/1, cover 4/0
Onomatopee project manager
Freek Lomme
Text editor
Danah Abdulla
Made possible by
Onomatopee and Danah Abdulla
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Onomatopee 223, Nick Deakin, James Dyer, 2021

Graphic Events

A Realist Account of Graphic Design

€ 22

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Graphics have a way of living that is often awkward and unplanned. We see it when they are ripped from walls, littered on streets and faded in shop windows. We wouldn’t say they are that way by design, however this everyday difference between graphics and their designs is underimagined in critical discourses. Graphic Events intensifies this difference in a montage of original essays and interviews that coax graphics into unfamiliar dialogues.

Edited by James Dyer and Nick Deakin. Foreword by Alex Coles. With contributions from James Williams, Patrick Thomas, Fraser Muggeridge, DR.ME, Textbook Studio and Teal Triggs. Postscript by Johanna Drucker.

Bios

Dr James Dyer is senior lecturer of Graphic Design at the University of Huddersfield.
Nick Deakin is senior lecturer of Graphic Design at Leeds Arts University.
Prof. Alex Coles is a design critic and Professor of Transdisciplinarity at the University of Huddersfield.
Professor Johanna Drucker is the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Studies at The University of California.

Type
softcover
Dimensions
111 x 181 mm / 4.37 x 7.23 inch (portrait)
Pages
220
ISBN
978-94-93148-66-6
Editor
Nick Deakin, James Dyer
Graphic
Nick Deakin, James Dyer
Language
English
Release date
20220222
Binding
Sewn and glued
Paper
uncoated bulk
Edition
1700
Color
4/4
Printer
Kopa, Vilnius (LT)
Image specs
34 full color images, 8 black/white
Details
Embossing on the title
Onomatopee project manager
Freek Lomme
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