Happy to announce DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM to be published as the first title in the book series Design Meanings (Mimesis Edizioni).

This is a book about how the worlds of design and activism (could) inspire each other. The book focuses on theories and practices related to the role of Design in terms of addressing, provoking and creating political discourse. Starting from traditional forms of protest, visual languages of resistance, to new forms of digital participation, this will help us to better understand the rituals, structures and meanings of design activism in history and the present, clarifying that design is intrinsically social and supremely political. And it shall help us to derive arguments and examples for the transformative potential of future design (and) activism.

The volume contains contributions by Alastair Fuad-Luke, Guy Julier, Ann Thorpe, Chantal Mouffe, Gui Bonsiepe, Thomas Markussen, Gavin Grindon, Michael Erlhoff, Anna Feigenbaum, Cathy Gale, Barbara Hoidn, Stephen Duncombe, Steve Lambert, Harald Gruendl, Fernando Luiz Lara, Tom Bieling, Pierre Smolarski, Marcel René Marburger, Maziar Rezai or Mikala Hyldig Dal.

Available since 30. October 2019
Tom Bieling (Ed.): DESIGN (&) ACTIVISM –
Perspectives on Design as Activism and Activism as Design
Mimesis International; ISBN 978-8869772412
254 Pages, English
ISBN: 9788869772412

Further Info via the International Research Network on Design (and) Activism at www.design-activism.org

Thrilled to announce that my new book “Inklusion als Entwurf” (Inclusion as Design) is now available!

»Wie wir Dinge gestalten, hat einen maßgeblichen Einfluss darauf, was oder wen wir als ›normal‹ oder ›normabweichend‹ empfinden. Design markiert somit die Grenzbereiche zwischen In- und Exklusion, indem es implizit Rollen- und Wertebilder konfiguriert und dabei gleichermaßen in den Herstellungs- und Deutungsprozess von Normalität involviert ist.

Wenn solche Normvorstellungen durch Design mitkonstruiert werden, bedeutet das im Umkehrschluss jedoch auch, dass sie sich durch Design dekonstruieren, also kritisch hinterfragen und verändern lassen: Design kann also auch Gegenmodelle entwickeln.

Tom Bieling deckt auf zahlreichen Ebenen Verbindungen von Design und Inklusion auf und leitet daraus nicht nur neue Operationsbereiche für Designer ab, sondern liefert auch Anknüpfungspunkte für andere Praxis- und Wissensfelder.«


[Foto: Hans Sauer Stiftung]

Ab 30. September 2019
Tom Bieling: Inklusion als Entwurf
Birkhäuser / DeGruyter
BIRD Board of International Research in Design
320 Seiten, deutsch
ISBN-10: 3035620202
ISBN-13: 978-3035620207

On the 4th October an impressive protest march of the deaf-blind took place in Berlin. Many of the participants took the opportunity to express and tweet their thoughts, demands, needs, wishes and requests with the @LormHand.

The Lorm Hand is an installation, which connects deaf-blind people with twitter or other social networks. Using touch sensory technology, the Lorm Hand enables deaf-blind people to compose text messages by applying the tactile hand-touch alphabet LORM, a common way of communication used by the deaf-blind. After typing a message on the Lorm Hand, it can immediately be tweeted or shared with social networks.

The Lorm Hand was created by the Design Research Lab initially for this event, so that the protest would go online and could be shared with a broader community. Furthermore the Lorm Hand has been used as a tool of communication for other non deaf-blind people, who are generally interested in the topic “deaf-blindness” and who can use it as a learning tool, to literally get in touch with the idea of LORM or deaf-blind culture in general.