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Is Appropriation a dirty word or an important design tool?

Appropriation in art has been practiced for years but appropriation in design can be seen as a dirty word and is often linked to plagiarism or copying. Appropriation is an important tool for all designers and there are two specific meanings when applied to design. Appropriation as a designer – using pre-existing objects/forms and systems and altering their meaning through changing their context. Appropriation as a user of design – using a product in a way that was not foreseen by the designer.

In this talk, Paul will unpack why he believes appropriation in design is more necessary now than ever.

Thursday, May 11th, 6PM
The Provincial Hotel
299 Brunswick Street