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Design History & Criticism

Situating Design in Alberta

edited by Isabel Prochner & Tim Antoniuk

The University of Alberta Press
Initial publish date
Dec 2021
History & Criticism, Contemporary (1945-), General
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    Dec 2021
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    Feb 2022
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Situating Design in Alberta makes the case that design has the potential to drive economic growth, improve quality of life, and promote sustainability in the province and across the country. Contributors bring both scholarly and practice-based perspectives and come from diverse disciplines including architecture, interior design, industrial design, and visual communications. The collection is organized around four main topics—history, education, business, and sustainability—within which the authors explore a wide range of issues. This synergy of different design approaches lends a sense of forward momentum to the field, stimulates reflection about opportunities and challenges for both practitioners and policy makers, and provides a model for future studies in other regions. Foreword by Douglas J. Cardinal.

Contributors: Tim Antoniuk, Ken Bautista, Carlos Fiorentino, Maria Goncharova, Andrea Hirji, Mark Iantkow, Barry Johns, Lyubava Kroll, Courtenay McKay, Skye Oleson-Cormack, Isabel Prochner, Janice Rieger, Elizabeth Schowalter, Megan Strickfaden, Tyler Vreeling, Ron Wickman

About the authors

Isabel Prochner is Assistant Professor of Industrial and Interaction Design in the School of Design at Syracuse University.

Isabel Prochner's profile page

Tim Antoniuk is Associate Professor of Design Studies in the Department of Art & Design at the University of Alberta.

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  • Short-listed, Book Design | Alberta Book Publishing Awards, Book Publishers Association of Alberta

Excerpt: Situating Design in Alberta (edited by Isabel Prochner & Tim Antoniuk)

“It was Alberta’s unique diversity and vitality that encouraged me to develop my own individual approach to my profession. In my experience, Alberta is a very fertile land for design and creativity.” Douglas J. Cardinal, OC, PhD (honoris causa)

Editorial Reviews

"To situate design reveals a context of values. It's in discussing the Alberta context that [Situating Design in Alberta] opens other ways of measuring design, ones in which underrepresented voices are elevated and the designer has a role as an advocate and a listener." amery Calvelli, Alberta Views, November 2022