The Designers Respond

/ongoing project/

In this project, the shapes of design writing are explored by focusing on the authorial activities of readers and the minor texts of design. These are the everyday conversations for driving design discourse: blog posts and comments, letters to editors, and editorial introductions. After all, the public that reads and debates, does so in the interests of itself.


Barness, J. (2021). Design Debates, Reader Voices, and the Histories within Design Blogs presentation at the Design History Society annual conference, Memory Full. Basel, Switzerland.

Barness, J. (2020). Inquiries on the Everyday Online Conversations of Design: Typologies, Comments, and Threads. The Design Journal.

Barness, J. (2017). First Issues, First Words: Vision in the Making. Dialectic, 1(1), 39–60.

Barness, J. (2017). Everyday Design Conversations and Our Public Sphere presentation. AIGA National Design Conference (DEC session), Minneapolis, MN.

© Jessica Barness