Discussions on design activism generously embrace the activist ethos of designers, but are inconsistent in articulating how design activism makes a difference in relation to the various socially engaged design approaches generated. Committed to critically and transformationally engage with progressive socio-economic and political problems, the activist designer creates forms and situations within social processes. By mapping the fields of knowledge and concepts on which design activism draws, the paper attempts to bring an understanding of what informs Design Activism actions beyond the neoliberal paradigm. Drawing on the emerging discussions on design activism, the paper brings together articulations of design activism from scholars and design collectives to foreground the foundation for a more coherent understanding of design activism and a constructive dialogue within its community.
- Loughborough University London
Published inDesign Management Academy Conference 2017: Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections
Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy
Pages843 - 864 (22)
CitationZAJZON, N., BOHEMIA, E. and PRENDEVILLE, S., 2017. Exploring articulations of design activism. IN: Bohemia, E., de Bont, C. and Holm, L.S. (eds.) Conference Proceedings of the Design Management Academy 2017: Research Perspectives on Creative Intersections, Hong Kong, 7-9th June 2017. London: Design Management Academy, vol. 4, pp. 843-864.
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