Alice Rawsthorn : Design as an Attitude
About the book
Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives--and it has never been more exciting. At a time when so many aspects of our lives are changing at a relentless speed on an unprecedented scale, design is increasingly seen as a way to help us benefit from the opportunities created by those changes (and to avoid their dangers). Design is responding to an age of intense economic, political and ecological instability with resourcefulness and creativity. Public interest is soaring as a new generation of designers is using advanced technologies to pursue their political and environmental objectives in increasingly ambitious projects, as well as to reinvent the objects and spaces we use every day. Written by one of the world's leading design and culture commentators, London-based critic and journalist Alice Rawsthorn, Design as an Attitude is conceived as a subjective field guide to design. In an authoritative and enjoyable voice, Rawsthorn demystifies the field, explores the most dynamic developments in contemporary design and assesses their impact on our lives now and in the future. From book-making to social design, from the craft revival to design's gender politics, Design as an Attitude offers a comprehensive survey of design today. Based in London, Alice Rawsthorn (born 1958) is an award-winning design critic and the author of several books on design. Her last book, the critically acclaimed Hello World: Where Design Meets Life, explores design's influence on our lives. An influential public speaker on design, she has participated in important global events including the TED conference in Vancouver and the annual meetings of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. She is a trustee of the Whitechapel Gallery and has been awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts.
Alice Rawsthorn Biography
Alice Rawsthorn OBE (born 1958 in Manchester) is a British design critic and author. Her books include Design as an Attitude (2018) and Hello World: Where Design Meets Life (2013). She is chair of the board of trustees at the Chisenhale Gallery in London and at The Hepworth Wakefield gallery in Yorkshire. Rawsthorn is a founding member of Writers at Liberty, a group of writers who are committed to supporting the work of the human rights charity Liberty. She was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2014 Birthday Honours for services to design and the arts.
Education and career in journalismRawsthorn graduated in art and architectural history from Cambridge University and joined the Thomson Organisation as a graduate trainee on their journalism scheme, moving on to become media editor of Campaign magazine. In 1985, Rawsthorn joined the Financial Times, where she worked as a foreign correspondent in Paris before becoming the FT's architecture and design critic in 2000.Rawsthorn joined The New York Times in 2006 as design critic of its international edition (then the International Herald Tribune) to write a weekly syndicated column on design. From 2014 to 2017 she wrote the By Design column for Frieze magazine. Those columns were revised and expanded for publication in Design as an Attitude.
Work in the artsWhile at the Financial Times, Rawsthorn became a member of the Design Council and a trustee of the Design Museum. In 2001, she was appointed director of the Design Museum. During this period, the museum launched the Designer of the Year award and mounted the Great Design Quest in collaboration with the BBC. She resigned in February 2006 reportedly over differences concerning the future direction of the museum.Rawsthorn was a trustee of Arts Council England (2007–2013), having previously served for four years as its lead adviser on the visual arts. She was chair of the Turning Point review of the contemporary visual arts, which resulted in a record increase in public funding. She has served on many arts juries including the Turner Prize for contemporary art, the Stirling Prize for architecture, the British Council's selection panel for the Venice Architecture Biennale, the PEN History Book Prize, the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, the BAFTA film and television Awards and the Museum of the Year prize run by the Art Fund. A former chair of the British Council's Design Advisory Group, she was also a member of the British government's advisory panel on the BBC Charter Review.In 2012, Rawsthorn joined the board of the Chisenhale Gallery in London as chair of the board of trustees and in 2018 was appointed chair of the board of trustees of The Hepworth Wakefield in Yorkshire. In 2019, she was appointed as a member of the Honours committee for Arts and Media.Between 2015 and 2018, Rawsthorn was chair of the board of trustees of Michael Clark Company, the contemporary ... Read full biography
|Authors:||Alice Rawsthorn Clement Dirie|
|Languages:||| English ||
|Publication date:||Aug. 28, 2018|
|First Publication Date:||None|
|Publication City/Country:||Zurich, Switzerland|