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Online lecture by Ruben Pater at FH Bielefeld

11 April 2022, online

  • Online lecture by CAPS LOCK author Ruben Pater
  • Marks the beginning of a new lecture series at FH Bielefeld 

What: Lecture 
When: Monday, 11 April 2022⁣, 18:00 
With: Ruben Pater
Organised by: FH Bielefeld - University of Applied Sciences
Where: Online
Language: English

To mark the beginning of the new lecture and discussion series 'Dialogues about Design', Ruben Pater will speak at HF Bielefeld about his recent book CAPS LOCK.

Ruben Pater (1977, NL) was educated as a graphic designer, worked in several design studios, also independently, and as an educator (e.g. MA Royal Academy of Art, The Hague). With Untold Stories Pater makes critical work on the edge of graphic design, journalism and activism.

CAPS LOCK is an inspirational book full of sources for design students, educators and visual communicators all over the world, just like Rubens first book The Politics of Design (BIS, 2016).; @unlisted_roots; @capitalslock

Capitalism could not exist without the coins, notes, documents, graphics, interfaces, branding and advertisements; artefacts that have been (partly) created by graphic designers. Even anti-consumerist strategies such as social design and speculative design are being appropriated within capitalist societies to serve economic growth. It seems that design is locked in a system of exploitation and profit, a cycle that fosters inequality and the depletion of natural resources.⁣

CAPS LOCK uses clear language and striking visual examples to show how graphic design and capitalism are inextricably linked. The book contains many case studies of designed objects related to capitalist societies and cultures, and also examines how the education and professional practice of (graphic) designers supports the market economy and how design practice is caught within that very system.