Reconstrained Design: A Manifesto

Julian Hanna, James Auger, Enrique Encinas

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This manifesto marks the first anniversary of a project, Reconstrained Design, launched explicitly to challenge the state of design: its narrowing pathways, prevailing assumptions, and corporate agendas. Our manifesto takes the form of a preamble which outlines the history of the manifesto genre and its origins in the historical avant-garde of a century ago, followed by a list of 12 tenets that put forward specific design challenges (each based on or challenging a thought-provoking quotation). With this text we aim to pry open new discursive and imaginative spaces, to force new ideas into the public view, to promote engagement with politics, technology and other facets of everyday life, and to upset the status quo of design thinking. It is written in an appropriately polemical style in order to take at its word the call to provocation. We hope this manifesto will establish our project's aims while encouraging important discussions between conference participants.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jun 2017
EventDIS '17 - 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - Edinburgh, UK
Duration: 10 Jun 2017 → …


ConferenceDIS '17 - 2017 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems
Period10/06/17 → …


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