1st Edition

Metadesigning Designing in the Anthropocene

Edited By John Wood Copyright 2022
    262 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Long-sighted, radical and provocative, this book offers a foundational framework of concepts, principles and methods (exemplified with selected tools) to enable metadesigners to manage and reinvent their practices.

    The book reminds readers that designers are, albeit unwittingly, helping to shape the Anthropocene. Despite their willingness to deliver greener products and services, designers find themselves part of an industry that has become the go-to catalyst for dividends and profit. If our species is to achieve the rehabilitation and metamorphosis, we may need to design at the level of paradigms, genres, lifestyles and currencies. This would mean making design more integrated, comprehensive, adaptive, transdisciplinary, self-reflexive and relational. The book, therefore, advocates a shift of emphasis from designing ‘sustainable’ products, services and systems towards cultivating synergies that will induce regenerative lifestyles.

    The book will be of interest to managers, designers, scholars and educators from a wide range of backgrounds, including design research, design history, design studies and environmental studies.

    Foreword. The Unthinkable Practice of Designing 

    Clive Dilnot

    Introduction. The Conditions of Design 

    John Wood

    Part 1: Game Changing

    1. Up Close and Personal 

    Mathilda Tham

    2. Re-shaping Futures

    Jordan Dalladay-Simpson

    3. Languaging Design 

    Julia Lockheart

    Part 2: The Idea of Metadesign

    4. Metadesign & Design Science 

    Paul Taylor

    5. A Framework for Metadesign 

    Caio Adorno Vassão

    6. The Poetic Dimension of Metadesign 

    Elisa Giaccardi

    Part 3: Relational Thinking

    7. Creative Quartets 

    John Wood

    8. Beyond Human-Centred Design 

    Hannah Jones 

    Part 4: Bodies of Knowledge

    9. Embodying Ubuntu 

    Olu Taiwo

    10. Organisational Consciousness 

    John Backwell & John Wood

    Part 5: Making Metadesign Work

    11. Facilitating ‘Team Consciousness’ 

    Anette Lundebye

    12. Post-Disciplinary Design 

    Lara Furniss

    13. Towards Synergistic Performance in Design 

    Charles (Chuck) W. Ware Jr.

    Part 6: Beyond the Thinkable

    14. Co-exploring the visual metaphors of the Dream 

    Julia Lockheart

    15. Beyond Semiotics 

    Hyaesook Yang

    16. Becoming Polyphibious 

    Živa Ljubec  


    John Wood is Emeritus Professor of Design at Goldsmiths University of London.