Dr. Anthony Dunne and Fiona Raby are faculty members in the Design Interactions department at London's Royal College of Art and have gained somewhat of a cult following for their provocative and future-scenario-based design work. As authors of Hertzian Tales and Design Noir they are most responsible for popularizing the idea of Critical Design, where objects are used as tools for awareness and reflection upon issues largely surrounding the implications of existing and future technologies. Their work is in the permanent collections of the MOMA (NY) and the Victoria and Albert in London.
Bruce M. Tharp was able to catch up with them at the IDSA/ICSID conference in San Francisco where they presented a recent project that proposes robots with "fragile personalities." Listen as they discuss the ideas behind their work, their dream project, their feelings about "Critical Design" after more than a decade, the relationship between their professional practice and the work of their students at RCA, and more.
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