Design Criticism: Annual Conference 2017
University of Art and Design, Offenbach am Main
19 – 20 May 2017
Technological change, social upheaval and global crises affect the world of design and demand new ideas. The main focus of the conference will be the tension between the expanded field of design and the complex media landscape, taking into consideration economic and political upheavals. The starting point is the current crisis in the media and the political and cultural institutions associated with them. The conference will also focus on the question of whether critical journalism is losing importance as a result of private interest politics and the so-called “new media” of social networks or online newspapers. Discussions will also encompass the extent to which design journalism and design criticism reflect and communicate this altered, extended and sometimes contradictory concept of design. Stephan Ott, chief editor of form, is among this year‘s speakers.