Five Critical Essays
May12

Five Critical Essays

Offering hospitality to a dissenting view as evidence that the closure of our democratic traditions is not yet complete.

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What’s in a name?
Feb14

What’s in a name?

What designers do, and how they describe themselves, is important. By the 1990s, the graphic designer and the craft of design was being written out of the script.

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Corroding the Curriculum
Feb13

Corroding the Curriculum

Parents and teachers would be horrified to find political parties in schools pushing partisan agendas, but seem happy for environmental lobbyists to hand out leaflets, write lesson plans, and prepare coursework.

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The Public? Remember them?
May07

The Public? Remember them?

Architects have lost all contact with the very people – the public – that they fantasise about representing.

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Activists in the classroom
Apr07

Activists in the classroom

Third Party advisors are putting students and tutors in an invidious position, compelling both to recite the ‘acceptable’ narrative, rather than explore education openly.

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Companies’ Proper Gander into Design Education
Mar22

Companies’ Proper Gander into Design Education

The Design Council’s virtue-signalling provides a good illustration of the capture of craftsmanship by the fad for sustainable goals.

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Gimmick merchants, status salesmen and hidden persuaders
Dec31

Gimmick merchants, status salesmen and hidden persuaders

Design Declares and Architects Declare are the worst kind of manifesto, signalling their faux-virtue, commercialism, PR, and prejudice.

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Liberty has its Limits
Nov28

Liberty has its Limits

To claim freedoms we must use those freedoms with judgement, foresight, and awareness about the consequences of our actions for others.

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ARB Use of Power
Nov14

ARB Use of Power

The concept of academic freedom, long held to be the essence of a university education, is nowhere to be seen.

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A Call to Courage!
Nov09

A Call to Courage!

A cautionary tale, that reveals the defeatism, bordering on nihilism, that is prevalent in many European societies.

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