Design as an Attitude

Saturday 22 September | 12pm–1pm

Award-winning design critic, author and Chair of Trustees at Hepworth, Wakefield, Alice Rawsthorn discusses some of the fascinating ideas about contemporary design explored in her latest book Design as an Attitude.

Design is one of the most powerful forces in our lives, but is often prone to muddles, misunderstandings and clichés, and to being dismissed as a manipulative commercial ploy and a superficial styling tool.  In Design as an Attitude, Alice Rawsthorn looks at how a new generation of designers and architects, by operating independently with digital tools, are using design to pursue their humanitarian, political and ecological objectives

At Art Out Loud, Alice describes how these designers are liberating design from its commercial role, and redefining it as an eclectic discipline of instinct, ingenuity and resourcefulness at a turbulent time when we face changes of unprecedented speed and scale on every front.  From the deepening environmental and refugee crises, to the rise of intolerance and inequality, and accelerating advances in technology, we urgently need design to fulfil its potential to protect us from danger and to change our lives for the better.


More about Alice Rawsthorn

Alice, whose weekly design column for the New York Times was syndicated worldwide for over a decade, speaks on design at international events including TED and the World Economic Forum’s annual meetings in Davos. Born in Manchester and based in London, she chairs the boards of trustees of Chisenhale Gallery and the contemporary dance group Michael Clark Company, as well as Hepworth Wakefield. A founding member of the Writers for Liberty human rights campaign, Alice has been awarded an OBE for services to design and the arts.

Banner image: Alice Rawsthorn credit Michael Leckie