V&A Digital Design Weekend book series

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Abstract

This collection of five books, commissioned by the AHRC’s Digital Transformations programme and Mozilla in collaboration with the V&A’s Digital Learning group, explored how contemporary digital design impacts across multiple audiences and user perspectives. Each book supported an exhibition of international digital art and design at the V&A Museum’s Digital Design weekend, part of London Design Festival, 2014-2018. This book series was funded by the Prof Andrew Prescott’s AHRC’s Digital Transformation Leadership fellowship and Mozilla. Each book contains essays from the creators of curated projects critically reflecting on their work and their insights on what the future of digital art and design might hold. The editors, Papadimitriou (digital design curation at V&A), Rogers (Northumbria University) and Prescott (University of Glasgow) provide a series of essays, running commentaries and supporting text that draw research insights from across the projects. Themes explored the importance of co-creation and making to academic/ industry researchers; the role and value of craft at the intersection between technology and human interactions; the ethics of digital technologies and their impact on society, environment and culture; the value of localised cultures of practice in a global technology network. The process for planning and researching content for the books involved curatorial discussions and workshops between the editors, their host organisations and their networks of practice. The editors selected contributors based on the novelty of their critical practice across sectors/ disciplines and worked closely with them to ensure that criticality and reflection were central to their writing. The books and DDW informed strategy for digital activism organisations, including informing AHRC’s Digital Transformations strategy; influencing the role of making and co-creation at Mozilla’s annual Mozilla festival; deepening the relationship between the British Council and localised global production in India, Mexico, Indonesia and South Africa. Each book was printed and freely distributed at Digital Design Weekend (DDW) where on average 25,000 visitors attended. Approximately 4,000 copies of the books were distributed each year. In addition, the books were also distributed at key AHRC Digital Transformation events and Mozilla Festival on an annual basis. In total 25,000 books were distributed.
Original languageEnglish
TypeV&A Digital Design Weekend publications
Media of outputPDF
PublisherUniform Communications Ltd.
Number of pages395
ISBN (Print)9780957686816
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sept 2014

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