Disegno has quietly crept up on us, on the face of it masquerading as a beautiful design publication, when it's actually also full of searing and vital content on our world, the environment and how design might just save us. A few issues ago they ripped in to Dyson pretty heavily too, so that's a plus too.
Disegno #25: A Year in Review includes:
An artist's gallery curated by Annahita Kamali and Florian Böhm of Studio AKFB.
Eighteen essays about and around design in 2019, featuring contributions from leading writers such as Glenn Adamson, Kieran Long, Catharine Rossi, Tamar Shafrir, Deyan Sudjic, and Kate Wagner.
1) Rigorous Self-Referentiality: MoMA plays itself; 2) A Purchase on the Horizon: Peter Strickland invokes the horrors of retail; 3) What is the Purpose of a Graduate Show?: Can an old format learn new tricks?; 4)Asks for a Hit of Your Juul: Design in the pocket of Big Vape; 5) McModernism, USA: New golden arches for Times Square; 6) Unpaid and Encumbered: Caroline Criado-Perez’s exposé of the gender data gap; 7) You Are Dancing with Death: The enduring enchantments of the nightclub; 8) A Lovecraftian Monster: Zaha Hadid’s final project for Beijing; 9) Sustained Assault: Tech conquers the marathon; 10) A Herculean Task: The Vitra Design Museum’s Atlas of Furniture Design; 11) Peak 2019: How FaceApp reassured us it’ll all be OK; 12) Not Too Anodyne, Not Too Hippy: Designing Extinction Rebellion; 13) If Services Stopped Working as Normal: What would you do in the event of a crisis?; 14) Blocks, Each Exactly One Cubic Metre: Minecraft breaks out of the digital cage; 15) Personalised Insights and Core Functionalities: The data extraction of period tracking; 16) There’s Only So Far You Can Go: Reproducing the works of Charlotte Perriand; 17) The Paths that Lead Us to Each Other: The sexytecture of the Cruising Pavilion; 18) In the 20 Years That I Have Been Eating Here: Farewell to the American Hot
as well as
Beyond Bauhaus, a special publication in conjunction with RIBA exploring the legacy of the Bauhaus émigrés in the UK.