Disegno #27 looks a little different from previous editions. We found that the tumultuous events of 2020 were ill-suited to tackle in the form of single-voice features with neat openings, arguments, and conclusions. The challenges facing the design industry are manifold and various – any editorial response would need to be similarly diverse and multifarious.
Therefore, we have opted for a slightly different format: Disegno #27 features a number of essays exploring the wider implications of the pandemic, as well as the renewed urgency of the Black Lives Matter movement, for the fields of design, architecture, fashion, and technology. Our writers tackle topics ranging from the contested status of public monuments to the sound design of pandemic-era football’s artificial crowds; from the impact of inequitable e-scooter rollouts to the future of the design trade fair.
Vitally, Disegno #27 also comprises a large section dedicated to multi-voice conversations, interviews, and roundtables. These address issues that require a multitude of perspectives, and which have no easy or straightforward answers. Here, Where are the Black Designers? leads a conversation on Blackness in design; wayfinding designers discuss how best to help people navigate Covid-era transport networks; curators and practitioners ask how we can design with empathy as a guiding principle; and a fashion designer explains how she sidestepped existing distribution networks to create an emergency production line of PPE for hospital and care home staff."
Disegno #27 includes:
Fluid Memories, Static Monuments
A headless Columbus in Boston
Dana Francisco Miranda
The Future of Fairs
What is design without its industry meet-ups?
The Revolution Will Not Be Branded
Social struggle, commodified
That Good Sound
Football’s artificial crowds
Useful for Some; Fateful for Others
The issue with obligatory calorie counts
On Behalf of the Invisible End-User
An inequitable e-scooter rollout
Dissecting Section 230
Once More, With Empathy
Curating as a form of care
Georgina Johnson, Mariana Pestana, and Sumitra Upham
A discussion with Where are the Black Designers?
Mitzi Okou, Kaia Charles, Natsai Audrey Chieza, Dian Holton, and Jess Kilubukila
A Fashion System of One’s Own
Bethany Williams’s social manufacturing
Ligaya Salazar and Bethany Williams
The Power of the Poster
A Polish revival in divided times
Dead Stock, Live Stock
How to upcycle on a massive scale
Reet Aus and Alexander Taylor
Reflections on a system in crisis
Charlie Koolhaas and Theodore Zeldin
A More Plastic Design
Translating a much misinterpreted material
Seetal Solanki and Kajsa Willner
Don’t Make it Permanent, Don’t Make it Beautiful
Finding the way through Covid-era transit networks
Tim Fendley, Kate Jeffery, Sarah Manning, and Jada Stevens
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