A sublime design week of ideology


This week, the annual Dutch Design Week took place in Eindhoven. This blog is an adaption of a talk I did at an event about design and activism, organized by Ruben Pater. As industrial designers, our two main objectives are to create new desires and markets with new technologies and to maintain an ideological fantasy which covers up for our miserable state of affairs. To me, Design and Activism is about exploring how design could do something different.…
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Thank you for not smoking here!


The patronizing design of smoke-free spaces Outside a university library on a Friday afternoon: the pavement is scattered with cigarette butts, covering a row of do-not-smoke signs. They mark the places where smokers could previously throw away their cigarettes in street-level ashtrays. The place is filled with smoking students, waiting for the weekend to begin. Right beside them hangs a half-torn poster saying: “thank you for not smoking here!” I am here on an assignment from the municipality to research how re-designing public space could minimize cigarette litter.…
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Introduction // CritCrit


Hi, my name is Nina Boelsums, I am an industrial design master’s student in Eindhoven. When I asked my professor if he could point me to some publications for industrial design criticism he could not think on any. After an afternoon’s search I did find plenty of articles by architecture, graphic design, art and technology critics, but not much critical thought on the design of future everyday life. We lack the in-depth criticism that is already present in other design publications like Failed Architecture and Modes of Criticism, but this wasn’t always the case: industrial design criticism has been a substantial genre in the past, but the 90s shift away from written criticism to design-as-criticism and the 00s collapse of established design publications and failed design-blogging projects have led to a vacuum◦.…
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