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In A Manner of Reading Design–
The Blind Spot

Katja Gretzinger (Ed.)

Published by CASCO Projects
and Sternberg Press
2012

"In a Manner of Reading Design" explores the notion of design through the metaphor of the Blind Spot. It collects different ideas and ideologies of design and juxtaposes them with conceptions of critical theory. This brings to surface overlappings or "in-betweens" in conceptions of design-theory and art-practices – like also different ways of thinking.

With contributions by Ruth Buchanan, Helmut Draxler, Faculty of Invisibility, Claudia Mareis, Doreen Mende, Katja Gretzinger and others.

 

“The concepts that govern our thought are not just matters of the intellect. They also govern our everyday functioning, down to the most mundane details. Our concepts structure what we perceive, how we get around in the world, and how we relate to other people. Our conceptual system thus plays a central role in defining our everyday realities. If we are right in suggesting that our conceptual system is largely metaphorical, then the way we think what we experience, and what we do every day is very much a matter of metaphor.”
George Lakoff, Mark Johnson

What we perceive and think of as 'true' is widely influenced by our knowledge—carrying with it implicit conceptions we are not aware of. Design, as a planned action, is necessarily both theory and practice. It brings together thinking and everyday objects and therefore engrains itself in the contexts we are all living in. Yet, being largely unreflected on, design is likely to simply affirm societal norms instead of questioning them. If design aims at taking a critical stance, it needs to change its acquaintance with knowledge and develop its own discourse to understand the underlying conceptions that are at play. The metaphor of the 'blind spot' proposes the perspective of looking at what is implicit or unnoticed in our perception. By doing so, it seeks to open up common readings of what design is and can do. The montage of texts featured here includes diverse voices and readings, meant to create a space in which debate can unfold, a debate that considers the impossibility of an unbiased position and as such reminds us of our dependence on the other in any conception—and any project design might aspire to.