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Politiques du design/design politics

RADDAR continues to explore the multiple facets of design. After function and interior design, the politics of design is the focus of this third issue, a theme that is in line with our scientific committee’s will to explore the burning issues that run through our societies. This latest issue explores practices that raise questions, from a fundamental critique of universalism to colonial policies, from close observation of co-design approaches to the exploitative observations of designers themselves. Historical Indochina, contemporary Lebanon, American odysseys and African approaches, inclusive typographic perspectives and multinational practices, RADDAR No.3 invites new readerships and opens up to other dimensions.

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Politiques du design/design politics, co-edition mudac/T&P Work UNit
French – English, 2021, 232 pages

The scientific direction of this third issue of RADDAR has been entrusted to Danah Abdulla, programme director of the Graphic Design Department at the Colleges of Arts of Camberwell, Chelsea and Wimbledon (University of the Arts London).

Featuring texts by Judy Attfield, Bye Bye Binary, Ludovic Duhem, Catherine Geel, Elise Goutagny, Matthew Kiem, Nolwenn Maude, Landé Pratt, Kiersten Thamm.

A joint interview with Ernesto Oroza and Olivier Peyricot, conducted by Emanuele Quinz.

Cover design by Studio Safar.

Graphic design by Julien Mercier, Rebecca Metzger and Pauline Piguet.

RADDAR is the first French-Swiss annual journal dedicated to design research, designed by Swiss graphic designers Julien Mercier, Rebecca Metzger and Pauline Piguet. The coexistence of the two languages creates a bridge between French and English-speaking research and enables young and experienced researchers alike to express themselves on themes of interest in design theory.

RADDAR takes its name from an evocatively resonant acronym. Radar is designed to detect and pinpoint object, emitting a beam of waves that bounce back for analysis as a source of new knowledge. The annual review aims to train its antennae on the various complex objects of design, revealing the field’s semantic, visual, and aesthetic wealth as well as its social, political and economic dimensions.

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