de:colonising

de:sign

De:colonising de:sign is a project that started off with an interest in alternative design pedagogy that deviated from the western euro-centric perspective. It evolved into a larger discussion on epistemological practice. The focus shifted onto bringing value in alternative design knowledge systems as well as examining the role of power, privilege and wealth in a design education system. This is an ongoing project that finds different methods and approaches to introduce decentralizing insitutional practices.

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De:colonising de:sign is a project that started off with an interest in alternative design pedagogy that deviated from the western euro-centric perspective.

It evolved into a larger discussion on epistemological practice. The focus shifted onto bringing value in alternative design knowledge systems as well as examining the role of power, privilege and wealth within design education system in forms of tools of practice, visual language and classroom.


The process of “decolonising” design is complex. It involves acknowledging that there is an inherent systematic model in desgin education that is primarily western-centric and breaking down, bit by bit, what these conventions are. The process of decolonising isn’t to bully or create divide but it is to educate and analyze to create a well-informed ontological change. 


The thesis took form in a culmination of research on a  live website with resources to further one’s knowledge, readers, discussions and live workshops.  Since this topic is extremely dense, the website can be considered as a container of resources for individuals to understand this topic in more detail, it is an ongoing project that finds different methods and approaches to introduce decentralizing insitutional practices.



The typeface choice was  Chrysanthi Unicode  a typeface that has many designed to cover majority of the scripts of the Unicode standard.

The colon identity (:) is meant to suggest a plethora of  content, similar to  the dense material of the topic as well as the  large quantity of material on this website.