Critical Design Favorites

I gave a talk about critical design in class last week. It was just a quick introductory overview, but I was reminded how much I love some of these projects, especially Chris Woebkn's work, which got me interested in animal research in the first place! Since the talk, a lot of students have emailed me for more critical design resources, which is really inspiring. Thought I would post a few of the projects here as a reminder of how design can be used as a tool, not only to change perspective, but also to push us beyond our everyday sense of what design is for, and what kinds of things we can do with it. 

Animal Superpowers by Chris Woebken. How the world looks to an ant!  http://chriswoebken.com/work/animal-superpowers

Animal Superpowers by Chris Woebken. How the world looks to an ant! 
http://chriswoebken.com/work/animal-superpowers

Collaboration Birdhouse, by Chris Woebken, which requires two birds to work.  chriswoebken.com/collaboration-birdhouse

Collaboration Birdhouse, by Chris Woebken, which requires two birds to work. 
chriswoebken.com/collaboration-birdhouse

Blendie, by Kelly Dobson - Humans learn to speak the language of the blender.  web.media.mit.edu/~monster/blendie

Blendie, by Kelly Dobson - Humans learn to speak the language of the blender. 
web.media.mit.edu/~monster/blendie

Foragers, by Dunne and Raby - Imagining the future of food. www.dunneandraby.co.uk/content/projects/510/0

Foragers, by Dunne and Raby - Imagining the future of food.
www.dunneandraby.co.uk/content/projects/510/0

Personal Space Dress, by Kathleen McDermitt urbanarmor.org/portfolio/the-personal-space-dress

Personal Space Dress, by Kathleen McDermitt
urbanarmor.org/portfolio/the-personal-space-dress