Deviant Design: The AD Hoc, the Illicit, the Controversial (Paperback)

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Craig Martin addresses the transgressive or deviant aspects of design: design that straddles the divide between the licit and illicit, the legal and illegal, in a variety of ways. Martin argues that design is not necessarily for the social good, but that it is immersed in the social realm in all its contradictions and confusions.

Through a series of case studies he explores a wide range of social practices that employ illicit forms of design thinking, including: early computer hacking and present-day hacker culture in which everyday objects are repurposed and deliberately misused; the cultures of reproduction, counterfeit and pirated versions of classic and luxury designs; and the use of material practices by smugglers to conceal drugs within consumer goods and luggage.

Deviant Design contends that these amateur and illicit practices challenge the normative idea of the professional designer or maker. Rather than being reliant on the services of institutionalized design professionals, the adhocist practitioner displays forms of innovative design knowledge in understanding how artefacts have an inherent potential to be misused or repurposed.

About the Author

Craig Martin is Reader in Design Studies in the School of Design at the University of Edinburgh, UK, where he teaches on the postgraduate Design for Change programme. He is the author of Deviant Design (Bloomsbury, 2022), Shipping Container (Bloomsbury, 2016) and co-editor, with J. Rugg, of Spatialities (2011).

Product Details
ISBN: 9781350035331
ISBN-10: 1350035335
Publisher: Bloomsbury Visual Arts
Publication Date: August 11th, 2022
Pages: 200
Language: English