Work-Centered Design and Critical Social Sciences


The workplace is a center of creative making and a critical space for exploitation, surveillance and control. Designers are workers. Workers could potentially be designers. Workplaces and the broader economy could potentially be subject to social design. Yet, the relationship between design, work and the potential for a worker-centered design is veiled. In this panel, we discuss the designer as worker, the worker in design. We discuss the hidden histories of workers functioning as designers of co-operative and self organizing institutions and we consider the room for more co-operative and participatory working futures. Damian White, Jose Itzigsohn, Caroline Woolard and Trebor Scholz.