Since the early 2000s there has been a renewed interest in method within graphic design practice and discourse. From toolkits to strategies for criticality, this development raises important questions of agency, style and politics.
Double Vision: Graphic Design Criticism and the Question of Authority, Anne Bush
Defamiliarisation, Brecht and Criticality in Graphic Design, Peter Buwert
Operationalising the Means: Communication Design as Critical Practice, Jan van Toorn
Learning Design Histories for Design Futures: Speculative Histories and Reflective Practice, Noel Waite
Politics & Method, Ahmed Ansari
The Imperial Code, Or, What If I Told You It’s the Colonial Matrix of Power?, Matthew Kiem
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).
Peter Buwert is a design researcher and educator based at Edinburgh Napier University (Scotland).
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).
Noel Waite is a Senior Lecturer in the Masters of Communication Design at RMIT University, Melbourne (Australia).
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.
Matthew Kiem is a designer, researcher, and educator. He is currently a PhD candidate at Western Sydney University (Australia).
Paperback, 13.5 x 21 cm, 96 pp
Introduction to Modes of Criticism 2, published on Grafik (2016), by Francisco Laranjo
Modes of Criticism 1 – Critical, Uncritical, Post-critical (2015)