D+NL: Part III

If tools are shaped to their makers, it is clear that design thinking, design research, and other common western design practices have been shaped to fit the minds and group dynamics of western people. While simply importing useful tools is often society’s first steps, eventually tools evolve in their new Read more…

D+NL: Part II

I must beg the pardon of my readers as this essay has been – up until this point – extremely US-Centric. I don’t seek to undermine the rich creative dialogue sustained across the world in the late 20th century. However, in addition to being the most representative of the “Neoliberal” Read more…

D+NL 2.1: The West

The Erosion of Neoliberal Ideas in the West “By some it is said that only the strong arm of government can protect men against the brutal oppression of their machines; by others that only the power of government can realize the beneficent promise of the machines. But all agree that Read more…

The End of Design

Ch 1: Shooting Ourselves in the Foot “the simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.” – Robert Conquest From time to time, it is necessary to turn our attention to the processes of our Read more…

Design and Neoliberalism (Intro)

This living essay is still in draft form. Please mind the typos, half-finished thoughts, and informal language. If you have comments, please email them to me. The purpose of this essay was originally to submit to the Design & Neoliberalism Special Issue of Design and Culture. I missed the deadline but Read more…

What is Design?

A simple way to talk about “design,” (without it feeling like a buzz word) Since Steve Jobs’ recognition with the re-emergence of Apple as a major player, “Design” has become fashionable. But the actual definition of Design can be a bit elusive. What does “design” actually mean in the modern commercial sense, Read more…