Design Reviewed #3

The team behind Disegno is proud to announce Design Reviewed, a new biannual publication devoted to experiential writing around design and its users – pre-order your copy here.

Each issue of Design Reviewed contains 10 essays in which writers get hands-on with design and its various manifestations in the world. The texts are not qualitative assessments of their subjects, but rather personal reflections on design and the contexts in which it operates.

The issue is structured around 10 different forms of design output: technology, ecology, media, object, body, system, interface, policy, space and phenomena. While these categories are not exhaustive, they aim to provide a structuring principle for a discipline that is increasingly diffuse and varied.

The publication features a new design from Disegno’s creative directors, Studio AKFB and designer Jonas Hirschmann. In contrast to Disegno’s journal format, Design Reviewed is a smaller, more book-like publication, which takes its cue from publications such as field guides, jotters and technical manuals. It is a publication designed to be portable and handy, with a cream dust jacket to help protect it during journeys.

Moving forward, Design Reviewed will be published each summer and winter, with Disegno released in spring and autumn. While Disegno will be reserved for long-form reporting, in-depth interviews, and emerging project stories, Design Reviewed is a space for reflection on design as it is experienced by its users.

Design Reviewed #3

The latest issue of Disegno’s new sibling publication, Design Reviewed #3 is a warm, witty and incisive compendium of some of the best design writing going: a series of nine essays examining topics from government policies intended to promote repairable fashion, to AI technology designed to assess the quality of olive oil.

The winter 2023/24 edition of Design Reviewed launches on 30 November, and is already available to pre-order through our online shop. For anyone hoping to buy a copy as a Christmas gift, we’ve shared last order dates to ensure guaranteed delivery at the bottom of this article.

The issue covers a range of stories, including Lagos Space Programme’s garment-based research into queerness in a west-African context; a vision of bike-based spatial navigation advocated by Beeline; the rise of Stills, a new stock photograph website created by designers for designers; Tatiana Bilbao’s ruin-like aquarium in Mazatlán, Mexico; and much more.