Tricky Design: The Ethics of Things

Tricky Design: The Ethics of Things

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Overview

Tricky Things responds to the burgeoning of scholarly interest in the cultural meanings of objects, by addressing the moral complexity of certain designed objects and systems.

The volume brings together leading international designers, scholars and critics to explore some of the ways in which the practice of design and its outcomes can have a dark side, even when the intention is to design for the public good. Considering a range of designed objects and relationships, including guns, eyewear, assisted suicide kits, anti-rape devices, passports and prisons, the contributors offer a view of design as both progressive and problematic, able to propose new material and human relationships, yet also constrained by social norms and ideology.

This contradictory, tricky quality of design is explored in the editors' introduction, which positions the objects, systems, services and 'things' discussed in the book in relation to the idea of the trickster that occurs in anthropological literature, as well as in classical thought, discussing design interventions that have positive and negative ethical consequences. These will include objects, both material and 'immaterial', systems with both local and global scope, and also different processes of designing.

This important new volume brings a fresh perspective to the complex nature of 'things', and makes a truly original contribution to debates in design ethics, design philosophy and material culture.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781474277181
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 12/13/2018
Pages: 248
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Lorraine Gamman is Professor of Design, at Central Saint Martins (CSM) College of Arts and Design, University of the Arts London (UAL), where she has taught design and contextual studies since 1989. She is also currently a Visiting Professor and Research Associate at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) Australia.

Gamman has published widely on visual culture and design, including co-authored academic books, articles and critical reviews. In her spare time from the day job (which is limited) she is currently writing a crime novel. It is set both in Old Hoxton, where she was born (and still has many family connections) and today's "New Hoxton", a few miles down the road from Stoke Newington, where she lives with her partner and daughter.

Table of Contents

Foreword – Ezio Manzini - stc
Introduction – Design's tricky ethics, Tom Fisher and Lorraine Gamman

Section One, Tricky Thinging
Chapter 1: Civilian and Military: Design across an ethical horizon, Tom Fisher
Chapter 2: Designers and Brokers of the Mobility Regime, Mahmoud Kesharvarz
Chapter 3: Trickery in Design: Cooptation, Subversion and Politics Eduardo Staszowski
Chapter 4: Guns and morality: Mediation, agency and responsibility, Tim Dant
Chapter 5: A Guide to Design's Alienation Tricks including 'Moral Affordances', Cameron Tonkinwise

Section Two: Tricky Processes, Tricky Principles
Chapter 6: Designer/Shapeshifter: A de-colonial redirection for Speculative and Critical Design, Luiza Prado de O. Martins; Pedro J. S. Vieira de Oliveira
Chapter 7: Making “safety,” making freedom: design and contested futures, Shana Agid
Chapter 8: The nature of 'obligation' in doing design with communities: participation, politics and care, Ann Light and Yoko Akama

Section Three: Tricky Policy
Chapter 9: Designing Policy Objects: designer as anti-hero, Lucy Kimbell
Chapter 10: Tricky like a Leprachaun – navigating the paradoxes of public service innovation, Adam Thorpe
Chapter 11: Understanding design against suicide and design for assisted sucicide and euthanasia – why design for death is tricky, Lorraine Gamman & Pras Gunasekera
Chapter 12: The quest for purity, "Clean" Design and a new ethics of “dirty design, Jeremy Kidwell

Conclusion – Tom Fisher – Lorraine Gamman
Afterword – title tba, Clive Dilnot

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