What does design mean today? How is it evolving? How effective is it in addressing the major social, political and ecological challenges of our time? And how does it need to adapt to develop new design solutions to these and the new problems and opportunities it will face in the future? Alice Rawsthorn will discuss these and other key themes of her book, Design as an Attitude.
Alice Rawsthorn is an award-winning design critic and author, whose books include Design as an Attitude, Hello World: Where Design Meets Life
and, most recently, Design Emergency: Building a Better Future, co-written with Paola Antonelli, senior curator of design at MoMA, New York. Alice’s weekly design column for The New York Times was syndicated worldwide for over a decade. In all her work, Alice champions design’s potential as a social, political and ecological tool that can help to foster positive change. Born in Manchester and based in London, she is a founding member of the Writers for Liberty campaign for human rights and of the advisory board of the DemocracyNext research and action institute as well as a member of the UK government’s Honours Committee for arts and Media. Alice and Paola are co-founders of Design Emergency, a podcast and research platform that investigates design’s role in forging a fairer future.