Neu: GENDER (&) Design

April 20, 2020

GENDER (&) DESIGN has been published as the second title in the book series Design Meanings (Mimesis Edizioni).

In its entire range of media and product worlds, Design is decisively involved in the cultural production and distribution of related images and interpretations of gender. This anthology examines why this is the case and what happens when it is changed, from different perspectives and knowledge disciplines relevant to design. The contributions collected in this book enter into an interdisciplinary dialogue on the design of gender and provide theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding the social, cultural and political functions of design.

The edited volume contains contributions by Uta Brandes, Wolfgang Ullrich, Sabine Foraita, Daniel Hornuff, Katharina Krämer, Birgit Weller,  Marion Godau, Tom Bieling, Antonia Wagner, Sarah Reininghaus, Julia Willms, Bianca Prietl, Tanja Paulitz, Nicola Marsden, Dorothea Erharter, Claude Draude, Till Beutling, Daniela Döring, Sabine Hahn and Fred Meier-Menzel.

 

Available since 26. March 2020
Tom Bieling (Ed.): GENDER (&) DESIGN –
Positionen Zur Vergeschlechtlichung in Gestaltungskulturen
Design Meanings #2
Mimesis International
343 Pages, German
ISBN 978-8869772429

 

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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.