A Critical Conversation
Part of the 100 Archive dialogues series, co-authored with designer and educator Clare Bell, where we explore and discuss the benefits of integrating alternative, critical discourse with graphic design practice. 
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Apologies for the Inconvenience
This paper explores our relationship with convenience and its impact on the rhythms of everyday life. In a world where everything is designed from the physical to the virtual, I argue that convenience is a myth of everyday life perpetuated by affirmative design. To expose this myth of convenience by design we need to identify the rhythms that occur within the micro and macro scales of everyday life, proposing Henri Lefebvre’s Rhythmanalysis, through an intersectional lens, to analyse and understand our social practices and uncover negative patterns of behaviour. Design has a social responsibility and is never neutral, there is an urgent need to detach it from unsustainable and defuturing practices. I will explore this proposal to develop a more sustainable practice in the context of the everyday by drawing on examples of critical practices across the following five themes: 1) education 2) design interventions 3) speculative design 4) reinterpreting data and 5) collective imagination for resilient communities. I will argue that this framework of sustainable design practices combined with rhythmanalysis will allow designers to become facilitators in the creation of safe spaces for collective imagination. Spaces to encourage debate that is more participatory, collaborative, and radically contextual in the construction of resilient communities transitioning towards sustainable futures. 
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