Critical Design

Posted on February 24, 2012 by Patrick under Final Project

I’ve been giving a lot of thought recently to what the subject of my final project should be. What has really interested me lately is the whole idea of ‘critical design’. This movement has been popularised principally by Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby, who teach an MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in London. Usually concerned with future scenarios, the approach uses designed artifacts to make critical observations about our culture. The aim is to stimulate reflection on values, morals, and practices we take for granted. It is this kind of critical framework that will become an important foundation to my final project.

‘Technological Dream Series: No. 1, Robots’, an installation by Dunne and Raby, looks at how our relationship with robots will evolve as they take on different levels of intelligence. Will we regard them as subservient, dependent or even equal?