01 / The cover of the publication unfolds into a graphic mapping of correlations between the design profession and military sector from 1916 to 2016.


DAE / 2016
Alongside 5000times 



Design is/as War marks a position for design as a force between destruction and innovation – a position in which war also resides. This publication establishes a critique towards the design practice in regards to materialism and its thrive on consumerism. It positions the design profession in dependence on productive and extractive industries and hence compliant to the harm caused by these practices. The text analyses power relations in and around design, how businesses instrumentalise design, how it shapes desire and habits, and manifests normative social ideologies. The publication includes an account of emerging systems and strategies, that provide alternatives around consumption, production and exchange.
War as a term is used technically–and as a polemic–to discuss harm, destruction, force and background processes related to the design-profession. The text is structured in two parts:


Design is War explores the destructiveness of design. It looks at it’s entanglements with mass-consumerism, mass-production, extractivism, resource scarcity, special economic zones and migrant labour.

Design as War reflects on potencies of design due to its close position within these processes. It highlights the entanglement and influence of the creative practice with mechanism of power  and the subsequent need for active restructuring of a politics of design.
  
The cover of the publication unfolds into a graphic visual mapping of correlations between design and the military sector within the past century.


Printed through Publication Studio Rotterdam, NL, 2016.
Presented within Design Matters #20: Designer Manifesto, Parkhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam, NL, 2017.