Design Struggles: Intersecting Histories, Pedagogies, and Perspectives

A confession: academic design writing can be a slog (and Iā€™m speaking as an academic). It can be overly verbose and poorly written, too abstract and disconnected from the realities of contemporary practice. This is a blanket statement, I know, but the stereotype is rooted in some truth.Ā Design Struggles, edited by Nina Paim and Claudia Mareis, avoids the cliches of academic writing in favor of an accessible, theoretical, and relevant collection of essays and texts on design history, education, and practice. Based on a conference held last year, the book features writers like Arturo Escobar, Danah Abdullah, and Cheryl Buckley exploring new ways to think about design history, its relationship to social issues like the climate crisis and migration, all through the lens of decolonization and intersectionality. Blending essays, roundtables, interviews, and papers, this book serves as a survey of the issues facing the contemporary designer.