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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.

The autoethnography of creative design: From Medium to Shift

Abstract This article explores the potential of an autoethnographic method for academic reflection on processes of creative design. Inspired by work such as Livingston´s Ethnographies of Reason, the author uses this method to trace her own reasoning and decision-making when trying to design or ‘build’  garments in such a way as to establish a dialogue […]

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 […]

Typology and typography: Bridging the type / token / tone distinction

  Abstract Peirce’s type/token (and tone) distinction is well known, and has proven useful in many avenues of theoretical and applied thought. This paper argues that, despite the logical dichotomy in which it is expressed, the distinction between what is a type, what is a token, and what is a tone is in fact quite […]

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 […]


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