Spring 2021  ︎ SUNY Purchase ︎ (DES3240) Design Issues

Queering Design (Education)

This is not absolutely tied to the content the readings are about, in the sense that it is not a Designer talking about Design. In part, I want to show Jack Halberstam talking because he’s amazing; also it’s a not so low-key way of hoping you read Queer Art of Failure (linked below).

I’m choosing to read this as a way to explore the idea of what graphic design education can and “should” be, as a function of how you perceive it currently. 

Required readings/viewings

Questions to think about as you read these

  • Is your work being culturally viable (profitable, employable) part of your view of success? How much of this is presupposed?
  • Is having a voice part of your view of success? Do you see those two things as mutual exclusive?
  • How much do you feel this is part of a legacy of heteronormativity, and how much (if at all) does that matter to you?
  • How much does the “canon” of design matter to you? How much do you think it influences you? Can you see it in work you experience “out in the world?”
  • How can we as designers / students / educators “reproduce” by spreading ideas to different institutions?
  • How valuable is social capital/networking to you?
  • Is it too transactional for you to view it that way (versus community, friendship, whathaveyou)?

Related, but not required readings to help provide some context

Things that came up during class (02/24/2021)