Design After Capitalism: A Talk with Matthew Wizinsky

Friday, May 6, 2022 - 11:00am

Please join us for an exciting talk with Matthew Wizinsky about his new book Design After Capitalism: Transforming Design Today for an Equitable Tomorrow on May 6th, at 11:00am EST. Join us on Zoom as Matthew and School of Design Doctoral Alumnus Dimeji Onafuwa discuss the book and how design can transcend the logics, structures, and subjectivities of capitalism.

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In Design after Capitalism, Matthew Wizinsky argues that the world of industrial capitalism that gave birth to modern design has been dramatically transformed. Design today needs to reorient itself toward deliberate transitions of everyday politics, social relations, and economies. Looking at design through the lens of political economy, Wizinsky calls for the field to transcend the logics, structures, and subjectivities of capitalism—to combine design entrepreneurship with social empowerment in order to facilitate new ways of producing those things, symbols, and experiences that make up everyday life.

The book's accompanying website contains a variety of tools to help put the ideas in the book to work—both in study and in practice. Study tools include lecture videos, recommended readings, a Reader’s Guide, and a Teacher’s Guide with student learning objectives and discussion questions. Practice tools include many case studies and an extensive list of practical guidelines. There’s even a collection of memes that tell the story of the book—if that’s your preferred method of reading!

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