Review Essay: Swedish Design, Addiction by Design, and DIY Style

Introduction Design is a peculiar aspect of the modern economy, figuring significantly into the production of the lived world, and often overlooked. Design, until recently, has been overshadowed largely by scholarly emphasis on aspects manufacture “production”, treated thoroughly by Marxist lenses of analysis. Design is peculiar both in terms of its sequence and kind of … More Review Essay: Swedish Design, Addiction by Design, and DIY Style

Book Review: Swedish Design, An Ethnography

Review: Murphy, K. 2015. Swedish Design: An Ethnography. Ithaca: Cornell University Press Murphy’s ethnography, Swedish Design, is a thoughtful analysis of the ways things are “designed to be political” or more generally, how things are “made to mean” (Murphy 2015: 2), and one of the first major ethnographic works in the anthropology of design. His … More Book Review: Swedish Design, An Ethnography