Education Summit

Playing with Fire: Arguing for the Imperative of Transgressive, Near-Illegitimate Design

February 4, 2017 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

The power of design to create meaningful change is on its way to matching the power of design to move markets. But what about the areas where design might fear to tread, or “has no business” inserting itself? Through over a dozen examples—from designing for assisted suicide or teaching children criminal arts, to providing wayfinding to urban violence or creating consumer electronics for recording prison abuse—this lecture will look at design at the margins, highlighting projects that are daring, maybe objectionable, perhaps even “illegitimate,” in order to find out what might be just inside, or just outside, the reasonable limits of design practice and education.

SVA 136 – Fourth Floor
136 W 21st Street, New York, NY 10011