Design Anthropology: Industrial Design and the Project of Post-War Development

Online Event
Bard Graduate Center, NYC, USA
5 April 2022, 6pm EDT

Alison J. Clarke


In the 1950s Cold War United States, a mode of transdisciplinary design that sought to meld anthropological method and aesthetic styling with the overt objective of implementing design as a political force. As part of her latest MIT book project, Clarke focuses on the mid-century origins of this phenomenon, acknowledging the legacy of early design anthropology as a part of post-war development policy whose legacy resides in aspects of design practice today.