Metadesigning Designing in the Anthropocene  book cover
1st Edition

Metadesigning Designing in the Anthropocene

Edited By

John Wood

ISBN 9781032067520
Published June 9, 2022 by Routledge
262 Pages 56 B/W Illustrations

FREE Standard Shipping
USD $150.00

Prices & shipping based on shipping country


Book Description

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.

Table of Contents

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  

View More



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