Modes of Criticism is a design criticism journal based in Porto, Portugal. It was created in the context of Francisco Laranjo’s research at the London College of Communication, which sought to develop design methods for a critical practice with attention to the emergence of recent terminology such as critical design, design fiction and speculative design within graphic design. Modes of Criticism addresses a gap in design discourse in relation to these terms, their history, methods and criticism. It examines what is meant by ‘criticality’ in design, and works towards the politicisation of its discourse and practice—challenging dominant ways of seeing, thinking about and practicing design—and promoting intersections with multiple disciplines. From 2017, it is published and distributed by Onomatopee.

Modes of Criticism 1 – Critical, Uncritical, Post-critical (2015), with contributions by Ian Lynam, Randy Nakamura, Brave New Alps, Luiza Prado and Pedro Oliveira, Cameron Tonkinwise, James Langdon, Kenneth FitzGerald and Francisco Laranjo.

Modes of Criticism 2 – Critique of Method (2016), with contributions by Anne Bush, Peter Buwert, Jan van Toorn, Noel Waite, Ahmed Ansari and Matthew Kiem.

Modes of Criticism 3 – Design and Democracy (2017), with contributions by Els Kuijpers, Angela Mitropoulos, Laura Gordon, Decolonising Design Group, Silvio Lorusso, Luke Pendrell and James Trafford.

Modes of Criticism 4 – Radical Pedagogy (2019), with contributions by Danah Abdulla, Anne-Marie Willis, Tanveer Ahmed, Kenneth FitzGerald, depatriarchise design, Anja Groten and Hannah Ellis.

Modes of Criticism 5 – Design Systems (2019), with contributions by Ruben Pater, Shannon Mattern, Ian Lynam, Brave New Alps, Georgina Voss, Francisco Laranjo, and documenting the work done by Luiza Prado & Pedro Oliveira, ACED, Ruben Pater and Demystification Committee for the Porto Design Biennale.

Modes of Criticism 6 – Other Worlds (2020), Forthcoming.

London College of Communication (UK)
Central Saint Martins (UK)
University for the Creative Arts (UK)
Leeds College of Art (UK)
RMIT (Australia)
CalArts (US)
University of Porto (Portugal)
Serralves Foundation (Portugal)
Chelsea College of Arts (UK)
London College of Fashion (UK)
University of Sidney (Australia)
Monash University (Australia)
University of Reading (UK)
ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de kunsten (Netherlands)
George Mason University (US)
Gerrit Rietveld Academie (Netherlands)
Koninklijke Bibliotheek/ National Library (Netherlands)
HEAD (Switzerland)
University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (Switzerland)
Getty Research Institute (US)
Universitätsbibliothek Kassel (Germany)
Odense University (Denmark)