Recently AIGA just published an article on OCAD’s efforts to create what they are calling a curriculum with a decolonial agenda. What’s particularly interesting is that the article has been pitched as a ‘success’ story that American schools would do well to emulate. While this piece has been written sounding…


Design Thinking Arrives in Pakistan

A Method in Politics

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Within the current landscape of toolkits (from IDEO’s Design For Social Impact Toolkit (2008), to Nesta’s Design, Impact and You Toolkit (2014)), literature (like Andrew Shea’s Designing for Social Change (2012) and most recently, Ezio Manzini’s Design When Everybody Designs (2015)), and conferences (like Big…


Provocation: “Design must fill current human needs before imagining new futures.”

This is the transcript of the speech I gave critiquing the critical design championed by Dunne & Raby in schools like the RCA in the Oxford Style debate held at the MIT Media Lab Design Summit on July 16th, 2015. You can watch the debate online here. My honorable opponent…


Recently, Dan Saffer wrote a short column on why design schools need to rethink the shift to systems and services, and produce graduates who are well suited to designing products and can display highly refined skill at craft, something which the ‘industry’ always needs, and certainly something that would help…

Ahmed Ansari

PhD Candidate, Design Studies || Carnegie Mellon University || Design from the Global South || Modernity\Coloniality, South Asian Technics, Power

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