Design Reviewed #1

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.

The first issue includes essays by Amelia Abraham, Khorshed Deboo, Elizabeth Glickfeld, Helen Gonzalez Brown, Vic Parsons, Matthew Turner, Sanjana Varghese and Lily Wakeley, as well as Disegno’s India Block and Oli Stratford.

Design Reviewed #1 includes:

Ten reviews of contemporary design.
1. Technology: Connection is Medicine by Helen Gonzalez Brown
2. Ecology: Borderline Production by Lily Wakeley
3. Media: Let’s Unpack That by India Block
4. Object: Furnitureheads by Elizabeth Glickfeld
5. Body: Relief by Vic Parsons
6. System: Vacation, All I Never Wanted by Oli Stratford
7. Interface: Enter the Washing Machine by Santana Varghese
8. Policy: Reading Between the Signs by Khorshed Deboo
9. Space: A Home is not Always a House by Matthew Turner
10. Phenomena: Poppers on Main by Amelia Abraham