A talk I went to last night by Alice Rawsthorn, design critic for The New York Times and somebody new to me.

It was a very interesting talk based on her new book, Design as an Attitude looking at different aspects of contemporary design, including the environmental/refugee crises to reinventing dysfunctional social services.

Rawsthorn’s inspiration for Design as an Attitude comes from the Hungarian painter and Bauhaus professor László Moholy-Nagy.

Rawsthorn discussed how today’s most relevant practitioners are those who have unhinged themselves from ‘specialist disciplines’ and the commercial environments in which these skill sets are deployed. Her examples included the prodigal environmentalist and founder of The Ocean Cleanup, Boyan Slat and actor and model Aimee Mullins.

Design as an Attitude is published by JRP Ringier.