At a time when it is fundamental to be critical, the word has become ubiquitous, cool, vague and open to debate. The first issue of Modes of Criticism constitutes a critique of critical design, with particular attention to graphic design. It compiles a variety of contributions, ranging from academic to informal and interview to fiction, with the goal of challenging and questioning what the critical in design can and should be.
Avoiding the Post-critical (Editorial), Francisco Laranjo
Weddings, Ian Lynam
Curation, Cataloging and Negative Capability, Randy Nakamura
Precarity Pilot – Making Space for Socially- and Politically-engaged Design, Brave New Alps
Futuristic Gizmos, Conservative Ideals: On
Speculative Anachronistic Design, Luiza Prado & Pedro Oliveira
Design Fictions About Critical Design, Cameron Tonkinwise
A School for Design Fiction, James Langdon
Fuck All, Kenneth FitzGerald
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.
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.
Brave New Alps is a design practice based between Italy and the UK.
Luiza Prado and Pedro Oliveira are Brazilian design researchers based in Berlin, Germany. Their work is currently funded by CNPq (Brazil).
Cameron Tonkinwise is a Sustainable Design Studies researcher and teacher at Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design, US.
James Langdon is a designer and director of the itinerant School for Design Fiction.
Kenneth FitzGerald is a writer and educator teaching at Old Dominion University in Norfolk Virginia, US.
Francisco Laranjo (Editor) is a graphic designer based in London, UK. He is a researcher at the London College of Communication.
Paperback, 13.5 x 21 cm, 96 pp