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The inaugural Spring 2013 issue of Signs and Society is now in the final stages of editorial production at the University of Chicago Press and will appear “on line” in May. The journal’s website is now “live” and has links to the mission statement, information for authors, and a call for papers for future thematic […]

Beauty in everything

I think there is beauty in everything. What ‘normal’ people would perceive as ugly, I can usually see something of beauty in it — Alexander McQueen


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Design and Semiotics

In the normal sense of the word there seem to be things with good design and things with bad design. We often remark of industrial products, for example, that some are well-designed, which means that they look fashionable and feel natural in their use, and therefore the products are successful, while others are badly-designed, i.e. their shape is unattractive or their interface is unnatural, and so the products are failures. We sometimes consider “bad design” as “lack of design.” I think this correct as long as we understand design as a kind of value.

Gabriel Baradee: a profile in fashion

For designer Gabriel Baradee, “fashion” means many things. His unique vision and multifaceted approach has garnered him recognition and reward since the 2009 launch of his line, Shakkei. Influenced by architecture and Japanese culture, he approaches fashion with methodical creativity and an ethical commitment to environmental sustainability. He treats fashion as a handicraft, but also […]

Dancing Tragedy: Alexander McQueen’s Aesthetics of Spectacle

Alexander McQueen’s work has had a huge impact on the fashion industry, both for the radical experimentation of his designs—often embodying a darker strain of Romanticism—and for the innovative ways in which he presented these, in a show whose concept was frequently inspired by cinema, also drawing from literature, theatre, dance and music, and even […]


Announcing the Ninth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices to be held at the Chicago University Center (USA), 12-14 March, 2015. Abstracts are accepted in monthly rounds. Proposals received at each monthly deadlines will be reviewed between two to four weeks of the corresponding deadline. Presentation types include paper, poster, workshop, or colloquia. All information available at:  designprinciplesandpractices.com
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