Ahmed Ansari

is a PhD student in Design Studies at Carnegie Mellon University (US). Having worked extensively in both academia and professional practice in Karachi (Pakistan), he is particularly interested in design in/for/of the Global South.

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.

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’.

Anne Bush

is a practicing designer and a design historian. Her current research examines the historical development of the modern travel guidebook during the first information age. She teaches at the University of Hawai‘i (US).

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.

Brave New Alps

is a design practice based between Italy and the UK.

Cameron Tonkinwise

is a Sustainable Design Studies researcher and teacher at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design, US.

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.

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.

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.

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.’

Francisco Laranjo

is a graphic designer, researcher and educator based in Porto (Portugal) and London (UK). He is co-director of the design research centre Shared Institute.

Hannah Ellis

is a designer, writer and educator based in London (UK).

Ian Lynam

is a graphic designer and design teacher based in Tokyo, Japan. He is Co-Chair of the MFA Program in Graphic Design at Vermont College of Fine Arts and faculty at Temple University Japan.

James Langdon

is a designer and director of the itinerant School for Design Fiction.

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).

Jan van Toorn

maintains a practice in communication design in Amsterdam (The Netherlands). He taught for many years at various academies and universities, including the Gerrit Rietveld Academy (NL), Rhode Island School of Design (US), and was the director of the Jan van Eyck Academy (NL, 1991–1998).

Kenneth FitzGerald

is a writer and educator teaching at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia, US.

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.

Luísa Prado & Pedro Oliveira

are Brazilian design researchers based in Berlin, Germany. Their work is currently funded by CNPq (Brazil).

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.

Mário Moura

is a design critic and lecturer based in Porto, Portugal. He teaches graphic design, design history and criticism at the University of Porto and writes on the blog The Ressabiator.

Matthew Kiem

is a designer, researcher, and educator. He is currently a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University (Australia).

Noel Waite

is a Senior Lecturer in the Masters of Communication Design at RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia).

Peter Buwert

is a design researcher and educator based at Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland).

Randy Nakamura

is a writer, designer and researcher based in Los Angeles, US. He is currently a PhD candidate in the Critical Studies program at UCLA Architecture and Urban Design.

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.

Tanveer Ahmed

is an PhD student at The Open University, UK and a visiting tutor at The Royal College of Art, London. Her research aims are to devise anti-racist and post-capitalist fashion design agendas.