Limited Language: Rewriting Design

responding to a feedback culture

  • Authors
  • Colin Davies
  • Monika Parrinder

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages 1-13
  2. Limited Language, Ezri Tarazi, Nicky Ryan, Johnny Hardstaff
    Pages 15-65
  3. Limited Language, John Russell, Esther Leslie, Mario Moura, Aaris Sherin
    Pages 67-110
  4. Limited Language, Julia Moszkowicz, David Crowley
    Pages 113-161
  5. David Phillips, Adam Kossoff, Tom McCarthy
    Pages 163-203
  6. Joanna Zylinska, Monica Biagioli, Angus Carlyle
    Pages 205-245
  7. Jon Wozencroft, Michael Clarke, Max Bruinsma
    Pages 247-279
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 282-288

About this book


"Limited Language" is a web-platform, co-founded in 2005 by Colin Davies (University of Wolverhampton) and Monika Parrinder (Royal College of Art, London), for generating writing and discussion about the design process. Over the last four years the site has collected a series of essays and commentary dealing with the key issues which effect and shape visual communication today. "limited language: rewriting design", examines the relationship between traditional printed formats (the book) and new digital ones (blogging). Hybrid media forms are already transforming design. How might they be used to rethink design writing? "limited language: rewriting design" creates an alternative and innovative "writing space" – the reflection and distance which can be offered only by a book. Each of its sub-sections comprises an article from the website, followed by a reflection/response to the topic by the responses raised on, while rich visual imagery in colour illustrates each article/response.

"This is a rare book about design that embraces ideas with as much enthusiasm as objects. It illustrates its premise by showing feedback culture in action. If you find yourself wanting to join in the dialogue with thoughts of your own – and you will – their website is ready and waiting." – Rick Poynor


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Birkhäuser Basel 2010
  • Publisher Name Birkhäuser Basel
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-7643-8934-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-0346-0460-4
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