Social matter, social design

Volume: 240 pages
Format: 14 x 22 cm
Price: 19.90 

‘When you start to deconstruct or question design, all sorts of questions emerge: How does design affect our behaviour, our use of resources, our choices and freedoms to participate in social, political or economic decision-making, and the extent to which we feel we have agency over our lives?’
— Jan Boelen in conversation with Michael Kaethler

“Social matter, social design” challenges the way we look at, think of, and interact with the social world by emphasising the role of materiality. This enlarged field for engagement demands that design incorporates a more nuanced and complex reading of how the social is intertwined with the material, which confronts the often reductive or simplistic notion of ‘social design’, and offers novel forms of critical and meaningful engagement at a time of mounting social contradictions.

The essays in this book explore and unveil uncanny, disconcerting or discordant connections, bricolages, assumptions or breaches at critical junctures for transformation. They are centred around four major themes: the body, earth, the political, and technology.

2020, Valiz | Research supported by Creative Industries Fund NL | In collaboration with Design Academy Eindhoven




Jan Boelen, Michael Kaethler


Billy Ernst, Wibke Bramesfeld


240 pages

Format in cm (w × h × d)

14 x 22 cm




Paperback with flaps



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