The Language of Design

Published on: January 31st, 2014

For the past three months, the Museum of Modern Art has been running an online exhibition titled Design and Violence that has now culminated in an interesting, layered, often controversial discussion about, well, design and violence.

Adding to the on-going thread is the latest post by Parsons professor Clive Dilnot.

Dilnot writes about Green Bullets, a design developed by the US Army that replaces the lead core of the bullet with copper. While he addresses the dark humor behind an object that is designed to infiltrate and destroy a living body, even if without contaminating the environment, his article raises controversial questions about the very language used to talk about design.

While the title of MOMA’s exhibition goes as ‘Design and Violence,’ Dilnot challenges the separation that the conjunction ‘and’ suggests. “ as violence, violence by and through design. There is no “and,” he writes.

Read the full post here.

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Program Update

Parsons is not currently admitting new students to this master’s degree program. Parsons is now offering a Graduate Minor in Design Studies that is designed to complement the MA History of Design and Curatorial Studies and other graduate programs across the university in design, liberal arts, and social research.