Design plays a central role in cultural reproduction. This isn’t necessarily a good thing, for anyone. Want to hear a really pretentious definition of design? Probably not, but I have to listen to this stuff almost constantly and misery loves company, so here it is: “Giving form to culture.” I hear people actually say those […]
If you hang out with industrial designers, one thing you may have noticed is that they’re really into chairs. In fact, tastes are predictable enough that you can often tell a designer’s favorite chair maker from his or her shirt. Black button-down? Mies van der Rohe. Black turtleneck? Peter Opsvik. Low-cut black V-neck and conspicuous […]
Colin McSwiggen is pursuing an MA in design at the Royal College of Art.