Guest Lecture

Writing Critical Design Biography

Online Event,
Işık University, School of Industrial Design, Istanbul
June 4 2021, 18.00 (TRT)

Alison J. Clarke

image © Papanek Foundation

On the occasion of the launch of her MIT Press monograph, Victor Papanek: Designer for the Real World, Alison J. Clarke discusses with Dr. Saltuk Özemir the process of researching and writing critical biography in design. In challenging the tradition of classic hagiographical treatments, that typically cast the designer as an heroic agent of innovation, Clarke offers an alternative insight into the ways in which critical biography can open up more complex ways of understanding the historical, political and societal role of design and designers.