The overlooked social transformation potential of design

By Lynne Elvins This post outlines and recognises the historical developments that have led to the predominant framing of design as being a commercial tool of consumer manipulation. But it invites a reframing of design as having positive potential as an experimental research technique to create new worlds, in a similar way that art practiceContinue reading “The overlooked social transformation potential of design”

Avalon: A more-than-human place realised

By Katy Robbins This blog post is about how a small town in Somerset, England maintains a connection with local wildlife and landscape and whether through this knowledge and understanding there is the potential to heal the rift between humans and the natural world. Image: View from Glastonbury Tor (photo author’s own). Upon taking aContinue reading “Avalon: A more-than-human place realised”

Virtual on Actual: Augmented reality and contemporary worlds

By Jonathan Davies Augmented reality (AR) is nothing new. From Frank Baum’s 1901 illustrated novel The Master Key to the head-up display of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s T-800 Terminator the concept of superimposing the virtual on to the real has sinuated into popular culture. After failed attempts at reaching the mass market, AR was thrown back intoContinue reading “Virtual on Actual: Augmented reality and contemporary worlds”