ID lecture | Why Is Industrial Design So White and Male?

In this talk, Carma Gorman examines the reasons for the skewed racial and gender demographics of the field of industrial design. Rather than blaming the overrepresentation of white males in the field solely on systemic barriers to entry and/or biased definitions of design, Gorman argues that the field's core aesthetic dogmas are also fundamentally racist and sexist.
Gorman is an associate professor in the School of Design and Creative Technologies at the University of Texas at Austin, where she teaches design history, theory and criticism. A specialist in the history of American industrial design, she edited the widely assigned primary-source anthology The Industrial Design Reader (2003), and in her most recent work examines how the US’s idiosyncratic laws, regulations and standards shape the national character of American design. She has served on the Board of Directors of the College Art Association (CAA), worked for a decade as lead reviews editor and associate editor of the journal Design and Culture, is a past president of the Design Studies Forum, and has owned and moderated the designstudiesforum-l list since 2001.
This virtual event is a part of the RISD Industrial Design Lecture Series. Please register in advance via the link below.

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Thursday, April 8 at 6:30pm

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