"Design and the Question of History" argues that the world we inhabit, and its devastation, are thoroughly a product of design. This claim requires a rewriting of the relation between history and design, from which there emerges a powerful ontologically-oriented view of design that may lead us into entirely novel ways of worlding and visions of the human. "Design and the Question of History" offers an ambitious, compelling, and urgent challenge to design studies and to history. The world we live in has been fashioned and fabricated by design. The futures we can live are determined by these histories. This is scholarship that matters. The provocative essays in this volume are at once a critique of history and a call for its relevance to the present and future. Within the provocation is the question of how design and its history can inform our actions in a world that presents extreme difficulties but also unprecedented opportunities to create a positive future. This is a work of intense and vital scholarship. Fry, Dilnot and Stewart cut to the heart of what is at stake in how we question design, history, and the future. Design history will either rise to the challenge of this book or fade into irrelevance. This is unashamedly a work of design philosophy. In fact, it is exactly the kind of philosophy that is needed now, as it confronts vital issues not just for design and the 'post-discipline' of history, but also of 'now' and the future. Fry, Dilnot and Stewart approach their common project with different voices, their passion and seriousness shining throughout.
Tony Fry is Principal of The Studio at the Edge of the World, Tasmania, Adjunct Professor at the University of Tasmania, Australia and Visiting Professor at Universidad de Ibague, Colombia. He is an award-winning designer, cultural theorist, educator and author. He has held academic positions in Australia and internationally and is the author of sixteen books, including Design Futuring (Bloomsbury, 2009); Design as Politics (Bloomsbury, 2011), Becoming Human By Design (Bloomsbury, 2012), Remaking Cities (Bloomsbury, 2017), Defuturing (Bloomsbury, 2020) and Writing Design Fiction (Bloomsbury, 2021). Clive Dilnot is professor of Design Studies at Parsons The New School for Design, New York, USA. Recent publications include Ethics? Design? (2005) and the text for Chris Killip: Pirelli Work (2007). Director of Postgraduate Studies and Curriculum Development, Design School, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.