The Social Design Reader

The Social Design Reader

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The Social Design Reader explores the ways in which design can be a catalyst for social change. Bringing together key texts of the last fifty years, editor Elizabeth Resnick traces the emergence of the notion of socially responsible design. This volume represents the authentic voices of the thinkers, writers and designers who are helping to build a 'canon' of informed literature which documents the development of the discipline.

The Social Design Reader is divided into three parts. Section 1: Making a Stand includes an introduction to the term 'social design' and features papers which explore its historical underpinnings. Section 2: Creating the Future documents the emergence of social design as a concept, as a nascent field of study, and subsequently as a rapidly developing professional discipline, and Section 3: A Sea Change is made up of papers acknowledging social design as a firmly established practice.

Contextualising section introductions are provided to aid readers in understanding the original source material, while summary boxes clearly articulate how each text fits with the larger milieu of social design theory, methods, and practice.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 496 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25.4mm | 1,058g
  • Bloomsbury Visual Arts
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1350026050
  • 9781350026056
  • 22,421

Table of contents

- Preface / Elizabeth Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA

Section 1: Making a Stand: A New Social Agenda for Design
- Introduction - Elizabeth Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA
- Is Social Design A Thing? - Cameron Tonkinwise, University of Technology Sydney, Australia
- Social Design: From Utopia to the Good Society - Victor Margolin, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA
- Emigre Culture and the Origins of Social Design - Alison J. Clarke, University of Applied Arts Vienna, Austria

Section 2: Creating the Future: Defining the Socially Responsible Designer 1964-1999
- Introduction - Elizabeth Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA
- First Things First Manifesto - Ken Garland, independent scholar, UK
- Here Are Some Things We Must Do - Ken Garland, independent scholar, UK
- Edugraphology-The Myths of Design and the Design of Myths - Victor Papanek, formerly University of Kansas, USA
- Design As A Socially Significant Activity - Clive Dilnot, independent scholar, USA
- Designerly Ways of Knowing - Nigel Cross, Open University, UK
- The Future Isn't What it Used to Be - Victor Papanek, formerly University of Kansas, USA
- Commerce or Culture: Industrialization and Design - John Heskett, formerly Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong
- Wicked Problems in Design Thinking - Richard Buchanan, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- Good Citizenship: Design as a Social and Political Force - Katherine McCoy, formerly Illinois Institute of Technology, USA
- Feminist Perspectives (Design for Society) - Nigel Whitely, independent scholar, UK
- There is Such a Thing as Society - Andrew Howard, Escola Superior de Artes e Design, Portugal
- Design and Reflexivity - Jan van Toorn, independent scholar, The Netherlands
- Design Noir - Anthony Dunne, The New School, USA

Section 3: A Sea Change: The Paradigm Shift from Objects to Systems 2000-2020
- Introduction - Elizabeth Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA
- First Things First Manifesto 2000 - Kalle Lasn, Adbusters, Canada
- A "Social Model" of Design: Issues of Practice and Research - Victor Margolin, University of Illinois at Chicago, USA and Sylvia Margolin, independent scholar, USA
- The Dematerialization of Design - Jorge Frascara, University of Alberta, Canada
- Why Being "Less Bad" Is No Good (Cradle to Cradle) - William McDonough, World Economic Forum, Switzerland and Michael Braungart, Environmental Protection Encouragement Agency, Germany
- Clothes That Connect - Kate Fletcher, University of the Arts London, UK
- Design's Role in Sustainable Consumption - Ann Thorpe, independent scholar, UK
- Transformative Services and Transformation Design - Daniela Sangiorgi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
- Rethinking Design Thinking, Part I - Lucy Kimbell, University of the Arts London, UK
- Rethinking Design Thinking, Part 2 - Lucy Kimbell, University of the Arts London, UK
- Design Things and Design Thinking: Contemporary Participatory Design Challenges - Erling Bjoegvinsson, Gothernburg University, Sweden, Pelle Ehn, Malmoe University, Sweden and Per-Anders Hillgren, Malmoe University, Sweden
- From Design Culture to Design Activism - Guy Julier, University of Brighton, UK
- Decolonizing Design Innovation - Elizabeth Tunstall, Ontario College of Art and Design University, Canada
- Social Design and Neocolonialism - Cinnamon Janzer, independent scholar, USA and Lauren Weinstein, Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Australia
- Futuristic Gizmos, Conservative Ideals: On Speculative Anachronistic Design - Luiza Prado de O. Martins, A Parede, Germany and Pedro Vieira de Oliveira, A Parede, Germany
- Privilege and Oppression: Towards a Feminist Speculative Design - Luiza Prado de O. Martins, A Parede, Germany
- Is Sustainable Innovation an Oxymoron? - Elizabeth B-N Sanders, MakeTools, UK
- Social innovation and design: Enabling, replicating and synergizing - Ezio Manzini, DESIS Network, Italy
- Global Methods, Local Designs - Ahmed Ansari, Carnegie Mellon University, USA
- The Emerging Transition Design Approach - Terry Irwin, Carnegie Mellon University, USA

- Contributors bios
- Further reading
- Index
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Review quote

This is a powerful and timely survey of the social design territory and its evolution in the past few decades. Resnick provides an insightful overview of the ways in which design is addressing some of the most pressing issues facing us in the 21st century. Essential reading. * Terry Irwin, Head of the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University, USA * One of the most compelling design compendiums to emerge since the Looking Closer series! Resnick's selection of essays, both historical and contemporary, offers astute and critical discussions about the transformative potential of socially responsible design. This timely book makes for essential reading for design scholars and practitioners alike. * Fatima Cassim, Co-Editor of Image and Text journal, South Africa * In times when some of the founding values of our society seem in crisis, it is urgent to question the social responsibility of designers. This collection of essays on social design, edited by Elizabeth Resnick, is a good starting point for every designer who sees in their practice a chance to promote social innovation. * Gianni Sinni, Deputy Director of the Design MA at the University of the Republic of San Marino * Elizabeth Resnick's The Social Design Reader should be on every essential reading list in design schools everywhere. It provides a much-needed common vocabulary to discuss the maturation of design theory and practice over the last 50 years. The ideas in this book will be the catalyst for debate and discussion, dissertations, masters' projects and research topics, and hopefully the material for a future edition. * Olwen Moseley, Professor of Design Industry Engagement at Cardiff Metropolitan University, UK * In times when 'social design' and 'design for good' have become ubiquitous labels too easily applied at a surface level, The Social Design Reader offers access to seminal readings and a starting point for a shared framework to challenge design's role in effecting change through critically examining foundations, methodologies, ethics, and efficacy. * Ann McDonald, Associate Professor of Design at Northeastern University, USA *
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About Elizabeth Resnick

Elizabeth Resnick is Professor Emerita of Graphic Design at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, USA.
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