OK Do’s Critical Studio course at Aalto University discusses and experiments with critical and philosophical modes of practicing design or applied art. One of its outcomes will be a publication drawing from dialogues within the class of around 20 students from the Design and Media departments and outside it—for example on a field trip to the Netherlands. There students and editors met up with critically-oriented designers and design publishers.
Why is design all like, like, like? Michèle Champagne from the Amsterdam-based radical That New Design Smell journal gave a presentation of design criticism in a nutshell for the Critical Studio students, encouraging them to express doubts in their work.
Critical Studio is part of the World Design Capital Helsinki 2012 programme.